Flying with children
I’m a well-prepared person and when I travel with the whole family I pack our luggage consciously, unlike when I travel alone or as a couple, when I wait until the last minute to pack my suitcase.
I’m taking the experience of our latest trip with our daughters to the Maldives as an opportunity to share with you how I go about organising flights with little ones and prevent them from becoming something tedious.
– I prepare a travel medical kit with generic and homeopathic medicines, especially if I am travelling to a place where it might be hard to get these.
– I take healthy snacks for the whole family in my hand luggage, as we don’t always like the plane food. We also try to stay well-hydrated during the flight.
– At take-off and landing, to avoid ear pain due to the change in air pressure, I make sure Maria, my youngest, has her soother, and that Manuela sucks a sweet or drinks water to keep producing and swallowing saliva and help them to avoid feeling unwell, which is a sensation they’re not used to having to deal with.
– To make sure they don’t get cold, I tend to take an extra sweater and a silk scarf for their necks, as well as socks so that they can walk around comfortably. I also always take at least one entire change of clothes for each of them, because with children you never know what can happen.
– On flights, everything goes, and to keep them entertained, I set aside the rules, I welcome all electronic devices applying the philosophy of “let’s have a good time” because there’s no way out! 😂 I download education applications onto the tablet, as well as their favourite films and cartoons: Wall-e, Peppa Pig, Tarta de Fresa, Vaiana… Of course I also add notebooks and pencils and a small set of lego which entertain them a lot. As you can see, I take a full mobile entertainment kit.
I hope that these tips help you if you’re planning on travelling with kids over the holiday period.