Tips when traveling with kids, Part III


Continued from Part I and Part II

12. Research everything!

This applies both before the trip and during the trip. Is a visa required for your baby? What vaccines should you do? Do you have to carry medicines with you? You do not want to solve such issues at the last minute.

13. Where should you sit?

Where you can sit on an airplane with a small child sometimes depends on the model of the plane: some have extra oxygen masks just above certain places. However, not all planes are the same, so consult with the airline and take some time to think about which seats are best for you.

If you sit at the end of the plane, it means you will disturb fewer people. This also means you have a kitchen and toilets nearby. Sometimes, however, these seats do not lie back completely, and at the back of the plane it may be quite noisy.

In the middle of the plane, there may be more foot space - and hence more space to play - it also means you can put a baby swing (if the plane offers).

The front is similar to the back, except that the kitchen is usually smaller and busier. One other thing to keep in mind, and rather depends on the child's age is: window or aisle? Is it better to be tucked away, or to have more free space?

14. Is the low price worth it?

While it may be tempting to take advantage of low-cost airlines, keep in mind that they often travel to remote airports, which means only more traveling. Perhaps it is worth it to ignore low-priced offers and pay a little more to keep you comfortable (not to mention that the price difference after considering the extra transport from the distant airport to the city center is often minimal).

15. Online registration and check-in

Try to minimize the time spent waiting at the airport. One of the easiest things you have to do is register online, and then all you have to do is leave your luggage and pass the security check.

16. Leave yourself plenty of time

While you want to minimize the waiting time, you certainly do not want to hurry. Leave home early - if you get to the airport quickly, take advantage of the playground and let the kids get tired: the more energy they spend on the ground, the less they will have in the air.

17. What can go wrong?

Before you leave, make a list of everything that may go wrong, from problems during the flight to missing it, and consider how you would react. Exploring different situations before they happen can mentally prepare you for any occasion!