Take advantage of early boarding
They’ll ask as they begin the boarding process if anyone is traveling with small children and would like to board first. Definitely do this! Those few extra minutes can help you sort through your bags, get the kids buckled, and make sure anything they need to be comfortable during takeoff isn’t trapped in an overhead bin.
Activities and snacks are key
You know this already. It’s just like taking them anywhere for an extended period of time. Make sure to pack their absolute favorites, especially if you think they may be nervous during the flight. The more distractions, the better. Bonus tip: wrap up a new toy for them to open if things get particularly dicey!
Keep your composure
There isn’t much you can do if your child is having a meltdown and an adult on the plane has an issue with it. The only thing in your power to do is ignore them and worry about your child. You may run into some bumps along the way – but if you plan and pack ahead, you’ll be able to ensure you get from Destination A to Destination B with as few issues as possible!
Be aware – the flight attendant will be having a chat with you
Just like those seated in the emergency aisle, they will stop and give you special instructions on how to hold your child (if they are under two) during takeoff and landing. Just in case you were going to stow them under your seat or in your pocket.
Wear layers and slip on shoes
You never know if the plane is going to be too cold or too hot, and you don’t want your kids to be uncomfortable. Dress in layers you can easily add and remove, and don’t forget slip on shoes to make security a little easier on everyone.
Throw out your dreams of them sleeping on the plane
You may get lucky and it might happen, but there’s a pretty good chance you’ve got a wide-awake buddy for the entire flight.