Here are some useful tips when you travel with kids.
1. Arrive before time. Arrive 2 hours in advance may seem like overkill, but with enhanced measures for security, it is necessary to leave some time to find the gate, especially if you are traveling with children. Some airports have play areas near the gates, in order that children spend some energy before boarding. You can also request authorization for a friend or relative who pass through customs with you and accompany you to the gate.
2. Once you make your reservation, specify that you are traveling with a youngster and it is essential that you are together. Upon registration, confirm your seats are next to each other. Do not wait to be at the gate to try to change seats, because it is very likely that you were in the hallway, your baby in her arms, trying to change seats with other passengers that will be annoyed by your application and look of a worried thinking that your child will probably cry in the flight.
3. If you bought a ticket for your baby, I suggest you bring a car seat for children: it is convenient to install young children when they fall asleep and this is reassuring for the mom who can go the toilet without the worry of leaving her child in the arms of a stranger. Tell it to the agent at time of booking and registration as child seats should be next to the window and cannot be installed near the emergency exits.
4. Do not sit in the front row partitions. Have a bit more legroom and not having anyone in front of you may seem tempting, but there is no place to put a bag at your feet. Everything you need for the baby should be placed in the compartment above your head and will not be accessible during takeoff and landing.
5. Bring a stroller. They are not very. You can enjoy hanging sleeves luggage to get to the gate. Especially in some major airports, the journey can take up to 20 minutes. The buggies can be quickly folded and are useful when passing through customs. Once at the gate, ask the agent to register your stroller. You will receive a ticket to retrieve it later. In this way, you can leave just before boarding and pick your off the plane.
6. Enjoy priority boarding. Some airlines offer those traveling with babies or toddlers, send them first to give them more time to settle into the plane. Do not be shy, if you hear the call for people in wheelchairs and unaccompanied children, join them.
7. Bring a backpack (most practical shoulder bag for a move in the narrow corridor of the plane).
8. Things to take in your hand luggage
• Snacks (avoid sweets for children who are sensitive)
• An empty cup and / or a pacifier (you can buy drinks and fruit juices after passing customs). The sucking can reduce the inconvenience of pressurization during takeoff and landing.
• A small blanket and a teddy bear (it is comforting to have familiar objects and more hygienic) You do not know the nature of the germs found in the pillows and blankets from the plane).
• More layers / wipes than you think you need (if there would be a delay or stop unexpectedly)
• Some sealable bags (no need disgust passengers with smelly diapers, you can also put stained clothes.)
• A change of clothes for the child and perhaps a blouse for you (kids can have a lot of air and you do not want to make a six-hour flight feeling the vomit!).
• The coloring books, crayons for young children (avoid toys that make noise, which seems reasonable to house can be too loud in a crowded plane).
9. Be sure to check the website of the airline prior to departure for any changes in security measures. Rules / laws have changed recently, limiting liquids allowed through customs. Remember to check the diaper bag for your baby toiletry kits often include baby nail clippers / scissors and it is not allowed in hand luggage.
10. My mother always told me “you catch more bees with honey”, which is true, and I’ve always done my requests politely. However, I also learned that sometimes a “squeaky wheel is grease” and when traveling with a child or baby, it may insist on getting the help they need. And if you still do not get the requested assistance, do not hesitate to call or write to the airline stating the obstacles you encountered. There are large companies every day, do business by providing benefits to parents with young children. The airlines should not be different. Some airlines are better than others to provide these benefits. By experience and those of other parents traveling by plane, we can say that the airlines offering price “discount” are the best. Please ask your friends or your family to know.