Yes, it is that look of fear and dread that takes over most parents when they think of flying with their kids. I hate to see families forgoing vacations, just for fear of what will happen when flying with their kids. Really, it does not have to be that bad. But, as I have said before, being prepared is half the battle. So to go along my article last week on family friendly airlines, I wanted to share some of my top tips to take the hassle, fear and stress out of flying.
1. Make sure to check in online 24 hours in advance, as well as double check your seat assignments. I know some airlines will as if you want to check in for your return flight as well, I say NO. I did this recently and even though I had booked seats in advance and double checked on the way out, the airline changed my seat on the return flight.
2. Give yourself plenty of time at the airport. Security lines seem to be longer and longer lately. Make sure you have enough time to check bags, get through security and get to the gate.
3. If the airport is busy, check your bags at the curb. For the small tip, it saves waiting in line and having to drag your bags and family through the airport.
9. Pack extra “everything” in your carry-on bag. Make sure you have enough diapers, snacks, extra clothes just in case of delay. Check out my Busy Mom’s Vacation Planning Kit for my Airplane Survival Packing List.
10. Entertainment, Entertainment, Enterainment!! Make sure you have books, toys, DVD player, crayons/makers, etc. Lots of different items to keep them entertained. As well, go to the dollar store and have an emergency stash of “new” toys or such to pull out in a meltdown emergency.
13. When my boys were little I would bring Starbucks’s gift cards to hand out to my seat neighbors just in case of meltdown’s. I loved this idea from some new parents.
So, like the Boy Scouts flying is all about “being prepared”. If you are prepared at least you will have the tools to try to fix the situation.