One of the most stressful parts of any vacation is navigating an airport with young children. The stress and fear of a flight aside, the airport itself is often loud, crowded, and hard to navigate, and having children with you can make it much worse. There are countless articles out there about how to make the experience of flying with young children easier, yet many parents still worry. Preparing your child for a flight ahead of time can help, as well as booking a flight at the right time and ensuring the safety of your child at the airport to give yourself peace of mind.
If you are traveling with a young child in the upcoming future, here are 3 simple tips to make the process of flying a little easier.
- Book an Early Flight
Airports are the least crowded in the early morning hours, before 8 AM. Flights at these times are usually less booked as well, meaning additional space for your family once you actually get on the plane. Travelers who arrive at the airport before sunrise are usually focused on little more besides napping, which includes your children. Book the earliest flight possible for smaller crowds and shorter lines at the airport, and a higher possibility that your children will sleep throughout the duration of your flight.
- Prepare Your Children
Airports can be overwhelming and airplanes can be scary, especially for young children who don’t know what to expect. Preparing your children for the flight experience through play or with books and videos is a great way to ensure they will remain calm during the travel experience. Many parents recommend watching movies in which their favorite characters travel via airplane or special YouTube videos that are intended to educate children about the experience of flying before taking their own trip. Another great option is to purchase a special toy for your child to take on the flight, which will build their excitement about the trip and give them something to keep themselves entertained while in the air.
- Get a Child Leash
Although controversial, child leashes are a great way to ensure that children stay by your side in crowded airports. Airports can be a dangerous place for children as there are many areas that are restricted for safety that young children might venture around anyway. Luckily, companies like OTW Safety create safety barriers that offer protection from hazardous areas. To ensure that your children will be extra safe and in your sight at all times, consider investing in a child safety leash wish that can be attached by your child with a backpack.
Flying with children can be stressful, but the experience of a family vacation and the special memories that will last a lifetime is far worth it. These 3 tips are a simple place to get started in preparing your young child for a flight, which will ensure a smoother travel experience for the entire family.