Gloucestercitynews.net (Nov. 12, 2019)--Family vacations are a fantastic opportunity to spend quality time with your loved ones and to give your children the opportunity to explore the world at a young age. The potential snag with traveling abroad with kids, however, is that flying from an airport can be a very long and potentially stressful process even without children in tow. While alone you would enjoy some relaxing drinks, grab a leisurely bite to eat and indulge in some retail therapy, with kids you need to consider how you will manage the waiting and security process.
This article outlines some key points to consider when flying with kids so you can reduce stress for everyone.
Check-in online before you arrive
Airlines now let you check-in for your flight the day before so you can print or download your boarding pass and avoid unnecessary delays. It also enables you to pre-select your seats so you can ensure you will all be sat together. Some airports will also let you drop off luggage the day before you fly which can be a great time-saver if you’re in the area.
Prepare all your documents
Keep all your boarding passes, passports and other travel documents in a folder so you can access it quickly and easily.
Book airport transportation
The last thing you want on the day of the flight is to be getting ready or traveling against a ticking clock. Book a Denver Airport Limousine to pick you up in plenty of time before your flight, so you don’t have to worry about driving or parking.
Keep your carry-on light
The lighter you can keep your carry-on luggage, the easier it will be to move around the airport. Remember to bring the soft toys, pacifiers, and blankets which soothe your children when they are anxious or tired. Keep them to hand so you can pull them out at short notice.
Getting through security
Before you arrive at the airport, check exactly what you are allowed to take through security to ensure you don’t have to give items up. Make sure the children know what will happen to minimize their stress as it can be a daunting prospect. Liquids above 100ml are generally not allowed with the exception of breastmilk, formula and baby food. You can take enough in your carry on to cover the flight.
Keep hold of your buggy
A lot of airports will let you take your buggy with you through security and to the gate. This is great for giving smaller kids a place to nap or rest their legs and can even be used as a trolley for hand luggage. You can hand the buggy to the airline staff when you board the plane.
Pre-book a family-friendly lounge
Take a look at what the airport offers families before you arrive. For example, some offer family lounges with TV, game consoles, toys, play areas and travel snacks to keep everyone calm and happy while you wait for your flight to be called.
Bring some entertainment for the flight
Bring some toys, books and an electronic tablet with pre-downloaded games and movies. These will keep the kids entertained while they wait in the airport and on the flight.
Arrive at the gate with plenty of time
Arrive at the gate with plenty of time to spare so that you are at the front of the line for first call. Families are sometimes given priority when it comes to boarding, which means you can get settled as soon as possible.