As a parent, one of the most frustrating things for you could be traveling with your kids. Even as a passenger on a plane, you may hate to travel with people that have kids or babies on board buses, planes or trains. You try to avoid sitting next to them at all cost. Some passengers even choose their seats at the front of the plane to get away from parents and their kids. To the parent traveling with kids, you benefit from priority boarding.
Keep Them Entertained
When traveling with your children, it is recommended that you keep them entertained. Children can easily get cranky in cramped spaces and generally have short attention spans. If you have a tablet, load a couple of their favorite shows on it for them.
If they can read travel with their favorite books and if it’s a baby generally anything can easily entertain them especially if it’s sparkly. When these options fail, consider engaging them in games. If you are in a moving vehicle; consider counting a specific color car that passes by or shapes naming exercises. You can also consider taking a coloring book on the trip if the child is old enough.
Keep Them Fed
Even adults feel the air pressure when traveling in air planes and it is highly uncomfortable for them. Imagine the discomfort kids feel especially babies. It is usually advised that a person experiencing this swallow repeatedly or chew gum. You are not going to give your child gum so give them a snack or juice to sip on when the plane takes off so that they can swallow until the plane reaches its desired altitude. They will be less cranky and your baby probably most likely is not going to cry on the journey.
Take Nights Flights
If you are taking a long trip the best time to travel with kids is not in the day time but in the night. Flights are cheaper in the night and chances are their activities in the day would have worn them out so they would be ready to sleep once the lights go off in the cabin. Even if you are traveling in a bus, night time travel would be better for kids as they would have less energy and are more likely to sleep through the journey. If possible avoid layovers and take direct flights. Long travel can be a nightmare for kids and parents.
Seek Help From Experienced Travelling Parents
Imagine a single mother traveling with a toddler and a baby alone. Each airline gives you an option to request special assistance, take advantage of this. If you are traveling alone don’t be afraid to ask other passengers on the flight or even the flight attendant to assist you. There were movies that showed children going missing on flights so paranoia is expected. However, a perpetrator can’t exactly get far in the air. Further, when claiming your baggage you could ask a fellow passenger to assist in grabbing it and putting it on a trolley.