How to survive a plane ride with kids

Travelling with the kids in an airplane? Here are some to-do’s…

Holidays are still on and many of us are out for different destinations or going soon. Travelling soothes your mind and rejuvenates you to face the new challenges of daily routine. For kids also, visiting places and sightseeing give an enriching and fun experience. But travelling with kids can be taxing too, especially when they are still very young.
How do you keep them engaged (and yourself sane) during long journeys and make the most of it?

Travelling with kids

Here are some tips that I have gathered during all these years –
1. Pack all essential things needed for the journey in a separate bag and carry that as a cabin bag. Medicines, milk formula, extra sets of kids clothes, diapers, some other snacks and so on. I see to it that I pack this particular bag very very properly.
2. Story books, some activity sheets come handy. Some airlines do provide the kids with special kits but it is better to carry your own. You can consider carrying some rattles, toy cars too. Just ensure that the toys are safe and wouldn’t cause nuisance for other passengers.
3. Making baby food and formula milk can be quite a task in the flight. Also, several milk bottles need to be carried and cleaning them is not-that-possible during the flight. Overall, it becomes messy. Why not try disposable milk bottles? Make milk conveniently, feed the child and later discard. There are a couple of brands available in Singapore and you can give it a try.
4. Flight Entertainment system can be a great friend. Kids love to watch movies during the flight and many airlines offer quite a wide selection of kids programs. Overall, kids enjoy trying out headphones, using remotes, changing channels and watching their favourite stuff. As a parent, you can monitor and facilitate this.
5. Same goes with food. Kids can be so hungry during the airplane journey! You can always book kid’s meal beforehand if the option is available. Kid’s meal provides nutritious and tasty food for little tummies. The menu includes delicacies that kids love to eat. I get surprised many times when my kids eat a lot more and better in the flight than home. Airlines do provide baby meals like cereals, ready-to-eat-purees etc. Feel free to ask the flight attendants.
6. Kids health during flights must be given paramount importance. There are some cases when kids become unwell in the airplane. We as parents need to constantly watch if they are okay during the entire duration of the flight. Airsickness is common among kids and adults. My kids get earaches especially when the flight starts to descent. It is good to feed some gummies and chewies to them as chewing action can relieve earache. Also, keep them well-hydrated in the flight. Using hand sanitizers from time to time will also help to fight germs in the journey.
Have a safe and enjoyable flight journey with your little ones!
For RainbowDiaries
*** We wrote this article originally for theAsianparent. 

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23 comments on “How to survive a plane ride with kids”

  1. Angie.S Reply

    I’m travelling with my 22 month toddler this Thursday on a long haul flight to Copenhagen. Wish me luck!

  2. Cherry Reply

    So far, all our plane rides went smoothly because we are well prepared but I can relate with the ear ache, chewing something does help!

  3. Young Smarties Reply

    Thanks so much for sharing! Is a great guide for parents travelling with kids. The inflight entertainment is a real deal whenever I travel with my kids. 😉

  4. Bumble Bee Mum Reply

    I always pack extra clothing FOR MYSELF. My kids used to puke on the plane and hence puke on me. It’s so easy to remember to pack extra clothing for kids but it’s equally important to pack for the adults too! Who knows when they will spill something on you, if not puke.

  5. SengkangBabies Reply

    We plan for worst and hope for best. No matter how we plan, it just take one bad takeoff or turbulence, and bye-bye to a peaceful flight 🙂

    cheers, Andy

  6. Franc Reply

    It would be good to have inflight entertainment or you can bring a laptop or ipad where they have apps to keep them occupied. It's also best to ensure that their foods are always available.

  7. yvonnembertoldo Reply

    Haven't tried bringing my kids on a plane ride but hopefully they don't feel sick during the travel. That is the most difficult part, to make your child feel comfortable and never feel sick.

  8. Fred Hawson Reply

    We have been travelling with our kids since they were babies. It is really a "giant production" when we travelled before when they were still very young, practically bringing the whole house with us. Now that they are teens, our travelling is much lighter already.

  9. Elizabeth O. Reply

    I never experienced flying with my kids when they were younger but I can imagine how challenging it is. Bringing a toy they love would definitely help!

  10. Sunshine Kelly Reply

    Traveling with kids is not easy apart from their essential we have to bring extra stuff to keep them occupy during the flight. Thanks for your suggestions.

  11. Claire Marie Algarme Reply

    A friend of mine has started buying disposable milk bottles/plastics because they always travel with their kids. It was a convenient thing. This post is helpful for parents who travel with children.

  12. lee rosales Reply

    Its a challenge for us parents to travel with our kids. What I did before is I packed morr of her clothes. Feeding needs. Few toys and lots of patience. Lol

  13. Mia Foo Reply

    according to my cousins, just getting the child to drink water during landing will relieve them of earache due to the pressure, too!

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