Flying with KIDS – Tips for Flight Time
Flying with KIDS – Tips for Flight Time
Children LOVE the thought of an airplane flight. Young children love planes in general and older children love the adventure of a vacation. Flying is part of a fun family adventure. Children who are prepared and understand what they will encounter in new experiences learn more – and enjoy the experience more. You’ll have less complaining, whining and carrying on the more you prepare the kids.
Flying with KIDS is doable. All you need is preparation!
Before the flight kids need to be prepared for airport security. Read how to get the kids prepared for what they’ll encounter during airport security.
Flying with KIDS – Tips for Flight Time – Boarding
First, board as early as possible. Some think that boarding early just means you have more time to spend on the airplane. I supposed technically that is true, but it also gives you time to get settled into your area with time to spare. The more relaxed you are the more relaxed your child will be. AND getting on early means there will be plenty of room in the above seat bins for your stuff.
**Side note – have you noticed how MUCH stuff and the huge SIZE of stuff comes on to the plane as carry on? There is never enough room for it all so beware boarding the plane too late!
Upon boarding, say hello to the crew. Have child help you find the seat number if you they can read numbers. When you find your seat, get settled.
Flying with KIDS – Tips for Flight Time – Be safe
Kids need to be safe on an airplane, just as they do in any moving vehicle. Just like in a car, the forces during turbulence are too strong for you to hold on to your child. Read here about proof of the dangers of unrestrained children during air turbulence if you aren’t sure about that. Interestingly, there are no rules or laws requiring them to be safe. Why is that, I wonder?
Make NO mistake. Children under two are SAFER when properly retrained on flights. The American Academy of Pediatrics agrees stating,
” Preventable injuries and deaths have occurred in children younger than 2 years who were unrestrained in aircraft during survivable crashes and conditions of turbulence. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a mandatory federal requirement for restraint use for children on aircraft.”
All children need their own seat. It is not the law or required, but it is the safest way for them to travel. It also has the benefit of giving you free hands -which every parent needs! Car seats are fantastic but once your child weighs 22 pounds you can use the CARES Kids Fly safe system. I used it for years and it is AWESOME!! It only weighs one pound and fits in a small bag and is infinitely easier to carry around than a car seat.
The company offers printable letters to have to show the crew if you need. Go ahead and print on to have on hand.
Flying with KIDS – Tips for Flight Time – Get settled
First wipe down the seat pocket in front of you AND the arm rests. (Read about the germy spots on planes here!) You’d be surprised to hear that the germiest places on the plane are the seat belt metal connection and the knob above you to adjust the air flow. Use clorox and leave the germs behind!
Flying with KIDS – Tips for Flight Time – Start Talking
Second, start talking. Yes, for most of the flight you will be the onboard entertainment, but especially until you are up in the air and electronics are allowed. Depending on the age of your child, you’ll spend most of the flight talking, explaining, singing, reading, etc. It is all good – happy noises are perfectly ok.
What to talk about? That depends on the age of your child. If your child is very young, explain all that is going on around you. Tell them all about the noises during take off. Explain the job of the flight attendants and all the buttons. Talk about how no electronics are allowed until the captain says OK. Remind your child they have to be buckled up for the entire flight just like in a car.
Older kids will enjoy hearing how planes fly. Do you know how that enormous and very heavy airplane full of people and luggage manages to actually fly though the air? Time to find out so you can explain the kids! 🙂 Read about how planes fly! Bring this cute book with you and build little brains. 🙂
If you are unsure how to get things started, try these icebreaker cards. Choose one or two and see what happens with getting a fantastic conversation started with your brilliant kiddos!
Flying with KIDS – Tips for Flight Time- Stay Busy
Third, stay busy. Sing, read, play games, hand out toys and snacks. Discuss what you’ll see out the window and what you’ll see when you arrive. Think about what the weather is like at home and discuss if it might be different at your destination.
Electronics can be a god send on a long flight. Consider tossing all your rules about how much time can be allowed on devices and let the kids have more. It is vacation after all. Don’t you indulge a little on vacations? A little more chocolate or wine than usual? Let the kids have a little more electronic time – they’ll be happy and so will you!
Don’t leave your toy choices to chance. Choose the best toy for your travel experience!
You can bring the kids along and have the time of your lives!! Traveling with the kids just requires planning. You’ve come to the right spot for all the planning tips you need!
Flying with KIDS – Tips for Flight Time – Prepare kids for the destination
Time together on a plane is a great time to get the kids thinking about what they’ll see at your final destination. Talk about the culture and how it will differ from yours. Discuss jet lag and how you’ll feel. Review history and art!
For one stop shopping for the information you need on your destination – The Educational Tourist’s Adventure Series Travel Guides for KIDS
Natalie, The Educational Tourist