Traveling by air is often stressful, but when you have to travel during the holidays it can be even more so.. Reduce air travel stress by planning ahead and using these airline tips for a happy and stress free airplane ride.
There are a few things to keep in mind when traveling by air, especially with kids in tow.
Unlike a car ride, where you can pull off at rest stops, a plane is a long endless ride for youngsters. To help pass the time, you can pack in your carry-on baggage some simple toys to amuse them. Pack crayons and coloring books, stuffed animals. Avoid noisy toys that will disturb other passengers, unless they can be used with headphones.
Babies will need a pacifier or bottle to suck on during times when the cabin pressure is likely to bother them like during takeoff and touchdown.
If possible, schedule the flight during naptimes or bedtime so that your child will be less disturbed by these minor discomforts.
Check with your airline to see what carry – on baggage is appropriate for youngsters. Ask if it is all right to bring a booster seat so that your child can see out the window (ask for a window seat for your child over five).
Arrive at least an hour early for domestic flights and two hours early for international flights.
If flying internationally, check for passport requirements and vaccination requirements.
You may have better flights using surburban airports than big city airports because they are less congested.
Security agents may open wrapped gifts, so do not wrap presents until you get to your destination. You might consider shipping packages instead of using baggage to avoid overweight fees and long check-in lines.
If you are bringing food aboard make sure they are in see-through containers, or factory-
Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!
May Every Step You Take Be Healthy!