Flying with children of any age can be a challenging and daunting experience. From first time parents to families with a whole brood, it is never an easy task to keep toddlers comfortable and older children occupied. Here are ten simple tips from Totstoo, a luxury holiday company specialising in tailored holiday for families, that can help parents and children to travel peacefully and allow you to enjoy your holiday from take-off.
1. You can cut down on the amount of luggage you're carrying by sending bulky toys and nappies ahead of you so you can travel light and focus more on keeping the kids entertained and comfortable
2. Let small children carry their own luggage, kids love to have their own luggage to fill with toys. Take them shopping beforehand and let them choose their own luggage, kids love to feel like a 'grown up'
3. Airports can be extremely busy, dress your kids in bright clothes so they'll be easier to spot if they go astray in a crowd
4. If two parents are travelling, you might consider booking one seat separate from the others at check-in, allowing one adult to rest whilst the other manages the kids (swapping at half time of course!)
5. If the flight's not full, see if the airline staff will hold an empty seat next to yours, especially if your toddler doesn't have their own seat, it will make manoeuvring with them a lot easier
6. Take a small, light sheet with you, bassinet cots are often under the movie screen – if so, a light sheet can shield your child from disturbance
7. Don't worry about asking the flight attendant to warm up milk or baby food, but do so a little in advance as it may take some time
8. Toys provide a great source of entertainment for children, think ahead and hide away some of their old favourites before travelling so they are a novelty again on the flight. Invest in some new toys before travelling, new toys will also grab their attention
9. Don't bring all the toys out at once, pace yourself throughout the journey or you risk the chance of them getting bored
10. Dual time watches and clocks are great for keeping track of baby's routine in different time zones
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