It can be very stressful to take a flight, and having a child with you can make it even more frantic. You will have to go through all of the events involved with air travel while trying to be responsible for a child. Here are some helpful tips that could help ease some of the strain and stress.
Be prepared and plan ahead. It can really be as simple as that. While it may be fun to throw caution to the wind and be spontaneous, this is not a good idea when children are traveling with you. There are a few more things that could go wrong, and you do not want to have any mishaps occur while children are around. This may upset the child, which may make them much more difficult to deal with.
Travel on an airline that allows you to select your own seats. This is something that may cost a little more but you do not want your child separated somewhere with a stranger. If you go to book a flight and there are no seats available where you can sit together, it is best to seek out another airline. In the event that you can not find seats that are side-by-side, you may be able to find one directly across from you. If you like, you can ask another passenger to switch seats with you.
If you are not going to be gone for very long, you should pack everything in carry-on luggage. This will eliminate the need to wait a long time at the baggage claim area. Since your child is a ticked passenger, you will be able to take pack a bag for them and take it on board. While you want to bring along a few items to keep your child entertained, avoid bringing more than is necessary. You will have less to unpack when you get to your destination.
Talk to your child ahead of time and stress the importance of good behavior. There are many parents that fail to do this and their children end up going haywire at the airport. Children get very restless easily, so you should talk to them a lot while you are at the airport. Do not allow yourself to get so distracted that you ignore them. Not only will this upset them, but it is not a safe thing to do. Remember the airport is a busy place with lots of noise and people so it could have a bit overwhelming for a child.
While you are in the air and the oxygen masks in the plane deploy, make sure to place yours on first. This is the best way to secure the safety of you and your child. Placing your child's mask on first is a mistake, because this may leave you in a position where you are unable to place your own mask on due to lack of oxygen.
It will always be a possibility that travel could become stressful when you have children in tow and these tips here may be a bit obvious but a quick refresher will not hurt anyone. There may still be a few bumps on your journey but hopefully reading this should make things a bit easier for you.