Pickle says….Travelling is one of those things us families tend to look forward to and dread all at the same time.
Going away on a holiday is clearly so exciting but flying to the destination can cause a fair
amount of stress and anxiety. And that’s just the adults! For us children, travelling by air can bring a whole other level of stress, and it’s up to parents to try to ease our anxiety, keep us entertained, busy, and happy.
If you’ve got a family trip coming up and you’re looking for ways to lower the stress of airport travel when flying with your children, then check out our useful tips:
Plan as Much as You Can in Advance
Part of making travel less stressful is to look for ways to make things can go as smooth as possible, which means a little forward thinking and planning on your part. When you first arrive at the airport, you want to be able to park your car and get checked in as quickly and smoothly as possible.
A great tip is to use different parking services available at your particular airport. For example, if you’re planning to arrive at Birmingham Airport Car Park , there are many park & ride services as well as meet and greet parking. Use websites such as birminghamparking.com, where you can find regularly updated quotes, to check what is within your budget.
You can choose from a variety of services including Park and Ride and Meet and Greet and take
advantage of the free shuttle bus that will take you right to your terminal. This means you’ll be able to park the car and get to the gate all without any stress, worries, or delays.
Pick an Early Flight
Another tip for parents has to do with the actual flight times. It’s usually a good idea to pick a flight as early in the day as possible when kids are feeling a bit more tired and more likely to nap. As well, the airports and flights will probably be less congested at these times, making things a bit less hectic.
A Bag Full of Surprises
It’s also a good idea to start collecting fun little games and activities a couple of weeks ahead of the trip and start putting them aside where the children won’t find them. You can create an activity bag full of surprises that will feel new and exciting while they are in the airport and on the flight.
You can also include items such as colouring books, comic books, chapter books, a deck of cards, travel- sized games, etc.
Bring Your Own Snacks
If the laws and regulations allow in your country and airline, it’s also helpful to bring your own snacks.
You can pick up items in the airport, but they won’t always be what your child normally enjoys, and you can bet you’ll pay a small fortune for them too.
Have a Discussion About Air Travel Well Before You Leave
The final tip is more about preparing us mentally for air travel and the airport. Have an open
discussion with them us about what to expect, what the process of checking in is like, waiting for your flight, boarding, and then the flight itself, and help us to dispel any fear or stress we may be having. It is an exciting time but heading into the unknown can be scary for us too.
Have you any tips on how to lower the stress of flying with children to add?