Heading away as a family is something many parents look forward to throughout the years. However, the idea of flying with a youngster can be enough to put many off the idea. Thankfully, there are plenty of tips and tricks for flying with a little one.
Book a separate ticket for your child
Even though children can travel for free up to the age of two years old, booking an extra ticket – and therefore seat – means you’ll have extra room to care for your little one throughout the flight. However, if you want to travel with your child in their car seat, then you need to make sure it’s FAA-approved beforehand, or you might have to check the seat.
Pre-book your seats on the plane
Although most airlines will try to seat families together, that might not always be the case. That’s why it’s important to pre-book your seats on the plane when flying with a little one to save the stress of asking to switch or being split up on the flight. It might cost a little more, but you can plan where the bathrooms are, if there is extra space, and know you won’t be separated.
Check your baggage even if it costs
Sure, it might cost to check bags at the airport, but doing so means you have one less thing to worry about while waiting for your flight. After all, it means your hands are free to keep your little one safe in a crowded space rather than having to factor luggage into the situation too.
Double-check pre-approved security items
Want to make sure security checks go down without a hitch? Be sure to read up what can and can’t be taken through so it’s one swift motion rather than having to spend the time worrying about unpacking bags and talking to security guards. Medically required liquids, such as milk, are allowed, but there are certain restrictions about how to carry and store them.
Always plan for delays
If you want to be one step ahead of the game when flying with a little one, then always assume you will be delayed. This means packing an extra change of clothes, more diapers than you think, and plenty of things to do. Thankfully, there’s a good chance you can keep them entertained by watching the planes but don’t hold your breath that this will keep them busy for hours.
Consider gate-checking a stroller or car seat
One of the best things about gate-checking your stroller or car seat is that it will be waiting for you as soon as you get off the plane. Not only do you not have to worry about it, but you don’t need to travel to get it back either. The best bit? You can also wait to get off the plane, meaning the crowds should have largely gone.
Tops and tricks for flying with a little one should take what could be a stressful experience and turn it into the start of a great family adventure for everyone.