Updated: August, 29th, 2019
Children are little bundles of energy, ready to go go go in any situation. Most parents can agree though, the last place you want your child hyper or misbehaved is while on an airplane.
When you have young kids, it's tempting to leave them at home and either only travel with your older kids or your significant other. However, kids can benefit from stepping out of their comfort zone and experiencing a brand new culture, and you won't want to miss the opportunity to make memories with the whole family. Here are some tips to travel with kids and make the trip enjoyable.
No one can predict the future, but you know your children the best! Bring a few items that you know will bring a smile to their face. Whether that is a toy, a favorite snack, book or anything you know will keep them happily entertained.
Pack a bag that is easily accessible for the plane and has everything you need inside and ready to go.
When planning your flight try to plan accordingly to your child’s schedule. If you have an early morning flight, make sure your children go to bed early so that you don’t have a cranky child at the airport. If you know your child’s nap schedule, try to plan your flight time around that. The worst time to book your flight, for adults and children, is right around the dinner hour. Everyone seems to be hungry and/or tired, so avoid this time if at all possible.
Also, if you plan on taking SuperShuttle to the airport, be sure to bring your child’s car seat so that they can ride in the fun blue van.
Most of the time kids are fearless, not afraid to try new and exciting things. Prep your kids before flying and getting to the airport. Lay down rules before and tell them what to expect and how to act. Of course, kids disobey, but try your hardest to lay down the line sooner rather than later.
Make the trip sound fun, but also under control. Your energy will rub off on them, try to be more relaxed but still in control. If your child acts up, don’t ignore it, address it right away so that they know not to act that way on the airplane.
Unfortunately, there are people out there who just might not understand that it is tough for kids on airplanes. This is something that you cannot control. Ignore the stares and the snarls and know that you are trying your best! If you get agitated, your children will see that and feed off that energy. Stay positive and focus on your destination, remembering that there is only a short time in flight.
Take-off and landing can sometimes be a scary part for your children. Look calm and distract them, look out the window and say something relevant like, “Look at all the cars!” or “Wow, look at the trees and mountains!” Kids enjoy seeing that you are interested and not scared, it will make them understand that this is a normal feeling.
For the even smaller travelers, take-off and landing can hurt their ears. So try things like gum or drinking water, or breastfeeding while you take-off and land. This keeps them distracted and takes the focus off of what is actually going on.
Small children do not know airplane etiquette, so it is the parents’ jobs to teach them. Examples would be: no kicking the back of the seat in front of them, talking with our inside voices and asking mom and dad nicely for a bathroom break or a new activity. Interact with your kids on the plane, this will keep their focus on you rather than any other passenger.
Reward your children for good behavior. If you see them consciously making an effort to listen to your instructions, give them a prize, whether that is a sticker or a small piece of candy. They need to know they are doing the right thing.
We know that kids will be kids and we can’t control everything. A lot of passengers can sympathize with you if you are giving effort for your child. Use these tips above and your little ones should be happy campers!
Thinking about adding another happy memory to your child's experiences by taking them to a far-flung city or flying with them cross-country? Parents do it all the time without hitting too many hiccups. Just put your plan in motion and be a little flexible. Plans can change, and the more easily you change with them, the less stressed you and your kids will be.
When traveling with young children the journey to and from the airport alone can be stressful. Packing the car, navigating to the airport, finding a parking space, unloading the car, getting the kids and luggage on a parking lot shuttle bus, finding space on a packed shuttle, and unloading the kids and luggage off the parking lot shuttle bus, all before you have even stepped foot in the airport. Stop the hassle and eliminate unnecessary stress. Instead, when traveling with young children choose a private non-stop airport shuttle. A non-stop shuttle will pick you up at your door, help load your luggage and drop you off right at the terminal curb, making life easier for you and your children when traveling.
Make traveling with your kids a breeze with SuperShuttle. Our different ride choices are perfect for the whole family, and we drop you off and pick you up right in front of the airport. Book today to help make lasting memories with your entire family.