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Secrets to Stress-Free Flying

Filed Under: All You Need to Know, Blog, Family Travel Tips

Posted on 07th Aug 2015

We know that flying with kids, whether it be a on a short or long haul flight, is hardly the world’s most relaxing experience. Realistically you’re never going to be able to sit back, drink in hand, for the full duration of the flight. However, we’ve come up with 5 top tips for how to make your journey as stress-free as possible.

1. Planning ahead
Get organised and make sure you’re booked in for a direct flight wherever possible. Flying direct to your holiday destination, preferably overnight, gives you the best chance of getting your kids to settle down and sleep. Long stopovers and ungodly hours aren’t good for anyone, especially not troublesome toddlers.

2. Comfort is key
Again, plan ahead and consider how you can make your little ones as comfortable as possible. Bringing pillows is a great idea; kids can sit on them so that they can see the view out of the window or simply use them to rest their heads on while they snooze.

3. Healthy snacking
Full tummies are happy tummies but no one wants to have to try to restrain sugar-crazed kids while stuck on a plane. Avoid anything super sugar-laden and opt for healthy snacks such as carrot sticks, raisins and homemade sandwiches. (Remember that there are restrictions on the amount of liquids you can take in your hand luggage – this includes semi-liquid foods such as honey and hummus).

4. Screen Time
Make sure your gadgets are all charged and ready for your journey; iPads, iPhones and iPods (or equivalents) are all going to help make your journey much more bearable. Try not to worry if your kids end up spending more time glued to their screens than books or other forms of entertainment, it’s just a flight and you can easily whip the gadgets away from them as soon as you land in your sunny clime.

5. Bribery
As with screens, it’s worth slightly bending the rules in relation to bribery when you’re on a long flight. We don’t mean spoiling them rotten, but buying children something little in the airport, like their favourite magazine or a packet of fun stickers, is likely to keep them happy and occupied, saving you (at least a few) tears and tantrums.

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