If you’ve got a summer holiday planned this year, chances are there will be some travelling involved. Getting everything packed into the car before making the trip is stressful enough, so if you’ve also got young children in tow, things are sure to become a new level of difficult.
Our top tips (or survival guide as we like to call it!) will hopefully make things that little bit easier when flying with a toddler this summer. Spend less time listening to the little ones asking ‘are we there yet?’ every five seconds and more time looking forward to the start of your well-earned break.
1. Give yourself plenty of time
With tighter security checks at airports, it now takes longer than ever to check-in, clear security and find your boarding gate. The last thing you want is to be running through the terminal with a toddler and Trunki in tow to try and catch your flight. Aim to arrive at the airport at least 2 hours before your flight departs for UK and European destinations, and 3 hours for long-haul destinations. Once you’re on the plane, you’re limited in food choices, and it’s often more expensive, so save the holiday money and factor in extra time to grab a bite to eat too.
2. Choose plane-friendly toys
It’s a good idea to pack plenty of colouring books, crayons and toddler toys in your hand luggage for the flight. Choose new toys that they haven’t seen before to keep them occupied for longer. A few simple card games such as our heads and tails game or pairs game won’t take up much space in your hand luggage.
3. Don’t forget the essentials
With the mad rush beforehand, it can be easy to forget something important. Keep your own hand luggage items to a minimum because 95% of the space is bound to be taken up with essentials for the little one! Make sure you’ve packed a good supply of nappies and baby wipes to take on board. Dummies are essential too if your child likes them as a comfort. Pack a few extra in case one goes missing! The sucking motion is also thought to help with the uncomfortable take-off and landing. Arm yourself with plenty of snacks and a drinks bottle too. Pack a few food boxes or food bags with pre-prepared pieces of fruit in that you can quickly grab when needed. And if you thought that wasn’t enough…don’t forget a spare set of clothes just in case!
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