Air travel with kids can be highly stressful if you fail to plan it well. With the holiday season approaching soon, here’s an air travel survival kit for flying with your mischievous munchkin. Bon Voyage!
Implement a reward system
Before you head to the airport, sit with your kids and work out a reward system in which they get points for behaving well as travellers. It will include things like staying quiet, not crying and fighting, eating properly, being courteous by saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ to the air hostess etc. You can keep a notebook and record the points and tally up the points at the end of the trip. Also, make sure you give them a good reward and on time or else they’ll never be motivated to behave well in future. If you have more than one child, see to it that the prizes are equal. During the entire process, you aim should be keeping your kids on track and less likely to misbehave. Also, stay away from any reward that is monetary in nature.
Stay calm and patient
It is likely that your child may get fussy, start crying or fight with a sibling at some point of time during the journey. The best thing to do during this time is to stay calm and cool. Resist getting stressed or angry The more collected and composed you are, the less likely your kids are to continue misbehaving. If you scream and shout at your kids, you may end up creating a scene.
Carry comfort wear
In case there’s room, make sure you carry things like an extra sweater or a cardigan, inflatable neck pillows, extra blankets and any toys (if needed) in your carry-on bag. This will make it easier for you to put your kids to sleep. The more comfortable your children are in flight, the smoother the trip will be. Also, have hard candy or gum on hand to minimize discomfort caused by changes in pressure.
Get your kid an aisle seat
Try and get aisle seat for your kids. It will make it easier for them to use the bathroom or stretch their legs. Since kids can be extremely restless, aisle seat will make their movement a bit easier and you won’t need to shuffle around constantly. This will make the trip much easier for you as well as your kids.
Keep them busy
When kids are busy and occupied with something, they usually do not cry or complain about being bored. So pack a small backpack for each of your kids that contains everything to keep them busy – stuffed toys, games, colouring books and markers, stickers, comic books and puzzles. A busy kid is always a happy kid!
Stock on food and water
Though the airline may serve you food, you shouldn’t assume it will keep your kids full throughout the journey. You can either purchase some additional food from the flight or buy some snacks before boarding. Purchase some chocolates, cookies and granola bars so that you have enough supplies for your kids to feed them whenever they feel hungry. Sometimes kids are a little fussy and picky, so see to it that you buy food items of their choice.