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Air Travel With Kids: 7 Tips For Parents

Updated on August 4, 2014

Stressless Kids Air Travel

Parents, if you're planning a plane trip and you need to travel with an infant, toddler, or preschooler . . . you may be stressing out over your upcoming flight. Stop . . . and take a nice deep breath. Air travel with little ones doesn't have to be filled with anxiety. There are a number of ways that you can make flying with your young children not only easy, but enjoyable as well.

Here are 7 Kids Air Travel Tips to help you breeze through your trip:

Hello Mr. Captain ... are we there yet?

Hello Mr. Captain ... are we there yet?
Hello Mr. Captain ... are we there yet?

Separate Seats? Make A Decision

Kids Air Travel Tip #1

You need to decide if you want a separate seat for your infant or toddler. If your child is under 2 years old, take the time to research the pros and cons of getting them their own seat. A lot airlines allow children under the age of two to sit on the lap of an adult. True, while getting an extra seat for a child under two will cost money, you just may be able to get a small discount when contacting the airline in question. Note: most car seats can fit into airline seats. Just be reminded that if you need to bring a car seat or a stroller, it will need to be scanned by airport security.

Consider Taking A Stroller

Kids Air Travel Tip #2

Compact strollers are a great idea, even for children who can walk. Most parents of toddlers are urged to give them a close look. Most airlines will require you to relinguish your stroller before boarding a plane. Once you arrive at your destination, your stroller should be waiting for you at the gate. Using a stroller makes it easy for you to move around the airport and quickly. This is ideal if you must hurry, especially if you have short layovers with connecting flights.

Know The Amounts of Food Or Drink You Can Bring For Your Child

Kids Air Travel Tip #3

Although you will find some restrictions, most airport security officers will allow a child's drink (or infant formula) to pass through, as long as it is a small quantity only. As for older children, like toddlers and preschoolers, you should be able to buy juice, water, and snacks at an airport store located past security checkpoints.

Bring An "Activity Bag"

Kids Air Travel Tip #4

It is important to bring an "activity bag" for your child. This bag should be filled with items that interest them. Depending on the age of your child, great items include books, stickers, coloring books and few crayons, small toys, and flash cards.

  • COURTESY News Flash:
  • Please be mindful of other passengers. Out of courtesy, do not bring any "playthings" that are apt to be noisy and distrub other passengers.

For children who may have their own seats, portable DVD players (with headphones) and laptop computers are advised. They are a great way to keep a fussy child occupied. If using a laptop computer, be sure not to choose a movie that will exceed the laptop's battery life. These items will have to be scanned through airport security, so try to leave anything, namely toys, at home that may cause complications or delays.

Out of courtesy, do not bring "playthings" that are apt to be noisy and disturb other passengers

Prepare Your Child For The Process

Kids Air Travel Tip #5

You would do well to prepare your child for the airport security process. For many toddlers and preschoolers, the screening process can seem a little bit overwhelming and scary. So prepare your child for it. Your child will likely have to walk through the metal detectors themselves. If you are traveling with another adult, have one go through first, so that your child can walk towards a familiar face. You may even want to arrive at the airport early. This gives and your child the opportunity to watch others go through the screening process first.

Give Young Children The Window Seat

Kids Air Travel Tip #6

Consider giving your toddler or pre-schooler the window seat, if possible. As for the flight itself, toddlers and preschoolers may love having a window seat. If someone in your traveling party is assigned a window seat, try to let your toddler or preschool sit there instead.

Dispense "Goodies" Over Time

Kids Air Travel Tip #7

It's wise to dispense goodies and activiites over a period of time. As for the bag full of goodies you brought, refrain from giving everything to your child all at once. This will very likely reduce boredom.

Traveling with children by air . . . can be a fun, stress-free experience

Traveling with children by air . . . can be a fun, stress-free experience
Traveling with children by air . . . can be a fun, stress-free experience

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      FashionMommy 5 years ago

      Fantastic tips for parents who will travel with their kids. There are really a lot of factors to consider before you travel with your kids, thus, this lens is very helpful.

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      PeacefieldFarm LM 5 years ago

      Thanks for the lens. Good ideas.

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      rt8ca 6 years ago

      Very well written and colorful lens!

      Some good tips here as well.

      Keep up the good work!

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      TheDisneyVacation 7 years ago

      Great lens!

      REsearching for blogs about air traveling with toddlers will sure shed some light for first time travelers.