Need some traveling tips before your next vacation with the little one? Don’t worry. This article from IOL gives you a heads up on a few useful tips for traveling. Follow the travel hacks below and make your next flight with a toddler less stressful.
Traveling Tips: Know Before You Go
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For those who have never travelled with a baby or small child before, air travel presents a whole new set of challenges.
Travel experts from Flight Centre compiled some tips and advice you may need to consider before, during and after the flight to ensure your holiday gets off to a good start.
The journey to the destination isn’t always a smooth one. The heavy baggage, terminal changes, and connections can prove to be a physical challenge. Add a baby or a toddler to the mix, and it’s bound to be even more demanding. Fortunately, there are a few things that can help make the journey less stressful.
What Should You Prep For?
Set yourself up for toddler travel success by doing some things ahead of time. That way, you have less to worry about in the airport. Firstly, remember to check-in online. Doing so reduces your time waiting in long lines. Pre-checked passengers often simply drop off their baggage and head to their gates.
Secondly, minimize any confusion by checking with your airline’s baggage restrictions ahead of time. Some airlines provide additional carry on baggage for small infants. However, this is dependent on the airline and their rules.
Once you’re at the airport, hold onto your child’s stroller while at the check-in counter. There’s no need to drop it off as baggage. After all, you might need the stroller to help bring your child from the terminal to the plane. Some airlines simply ask for the stroller before boarding. They usually place the strollers in a separate cargo area. Then, they’ll return it to you upon landing at your destination.
Don’t forget to keep all travel documents in one envelope or pouch. This prevents confusion, helps avoid any lost sheets of paper or passports, and most importantly, keeps important documents within arms reach at all times.
Cabin pressure may build up when inside the airplane. Reduce your child’s discomfort by bringing a bottle or some snacks. Feeding or snacking while ascending or descending will help alleviate pressure on your child’s ears.
Before You and Your Child Leave the Plane
You deserve a massive congratulations if you’ve landed at your destination without any trouble! However, before all that, remember not to rush as you and your child leave. Parents who take their time when leaving the plane have less stressful transitions. Usually, parents traveling with small children and extra bags wait for all the other passengers to debark. That way, they don’t feel pressured to move quickly. This ensures they don’t provoke a tantrum or leave any valuable belongings behind. To this point, remember to check the nooks and crannies of the seat. You definitely wouldn’t want to leave your child’s security blanket or favorite stuffed toy on the plane.
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