The lovely folks at flight comparison site, cheapflights.co.uk, have shared with us their fab free Guide to Flying with Children (click to download). We’re all for sharing tips on coping with a flight with young children, and their guide is packed with them.
The guide is split into handy sections to cover all aspects of flying with children; pre-flight, at the airport, and then by the age, focusing on the under 2s, 3-6s, and 7s and above. There also are sections on preparing for the flight, how to simplify your life at the airport, and a section on useful tips and inspiration from famous mums and dads.
Meantime, here are some of their tips for flying with babies:
• If you’re nursing a baby, bring a small pillow. You’ll find it doing double duty on the plane: as a support for your baby and a headrest.
• Bring a third more nappies than you think you’ll need. If there are any delays, you’ll be thankful for them.
• Buggies don’t count towards your baggage allowance on most airlines. You can either check it in once you arrive at the airport, or use it until the moment you’re ready to board. Wrap it up well so it doesn’t get damaged!
• Bringing a baby carrier is a great idea. Therefore, you can have your baby on your front or back, and you’ll have both hands free to make it through security and beyond, without worrying about them being fidgety.
• Bring hand sanitiser and wipes, so if you put your baby down somewhere at the airport or on the plane itself, you’ll feel a bit better about being nice and clean.
• Consolidate your nappy bag, and pack most of your supplies in your checked baggage. The flight is just a little part of your holiday, so bring as little as you can on the flight, as this means you can put more toys, books and snacks in your carry-on luggage.
If you have any tips for flying with children and babies that you’d like to share, please do leave us a comment below.