Flying alone with children? Here’s how to make air travel easier, Lifestyle News

Traveling with young people is never easy. But it can be a whole different challenge if you do it without an extra pair of hands and eyes to help you. But don’t worry, it’s easier than you think.

If you’re traveling alone, try these tips to keep your sanity:

Splurge and book nonstop flights (and window seats!)

Booking direct flights or routes with as few connections as possible can be a bit more expensive, but it is definitely worth it. You don’t have to worry about the hassle of going through airports to make your connection and you only have one flight to survive.

While you’re already paying top dollar, suck it up and pay for that window seat. Although aisle seats make it much easier to get to the bathroom, it’s worth installing a window seat for your child if it will keep them entertained.

Plus, you won’t have to worry about your child running away in case you fall asleep on the aisle seat.

Book a morning flight

Although most articles on traveling with children will tell you to travel during your child’s bedtime or nap time, it’s worth considering an earlier flight in the day when traveling as a child. single parent.

Kids have the most energy in the morning, so take advantage of it and get them flying when they’re excited to walk on their own rather than needing to be carried.

Plus, in case the flight is delayed, it’s comforting to know that you can still arrive during (hopefully) daylight hours.

Arrive very early at the airport

Do yourself a favor and allow yourself plenty of time at the airport (at least two hours before flight departure time should suffice).

It’s easy to do, it gives your child time to burn off some energy before the long flight, and it’s one less thing you’ll be stressed about knowing you don’t have to rush. to get on the plane.

All parenting rules go out the window

Seriously. Even if you have a strict rule for screen time, now is the time to break that rule. If it keeps them quiet and secure in their seat, give them some screen time for the duration of the flight.

Go with the flow and don’t sweat the small stuff. Or the big stuff. You will understand and there will always be a solution.

Don’t forget to pre-order a children’s menu

Children’s meals are served first before meal service begins for the rest of the passengers, so be sure to order it at least 24 hours in advance.

The last thing you need on your hands is a hungry child. You will have the option of eating at the same time as your child or having it later.

Pack enough snacks

You can never have enough snacks, so arm yourself with a variety of fun, age-appropriate snacks (for you and your child). And pack them somewhere easy to get to so they’re instantly available and don’t get overwritten.

Take all the help you can get

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Don’t try to be a parenting hero at 35,000 feet. If someone offers to watch your child while you quickly wolf down a meal or go to the bathroom, take it!

And if the flight attendant offers candy when your child throws a tantrum, swallow your pride and take the candy. At least you will live to fight another day!

Tip: When you land, ask to hitch a ride on the buggy that often waits at the gate. It is aimed at passengers requiring special assistance, but can sometimes be extended to parents traveling with young children.

You’ll be taken straight to immigration and, with a bit of luck, you might be able to skip the line and have someone help you with your luggage.

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Solder them with surprises

Use corruption to your advantage. Promise your child a little surprise or special treat every few hours, but only if they promise to behave.

Stock up on inexpensive little toys and treats before the flight and keep handing them out whenever you see fit.

And wrap them up to make it more exciting – the more layers the better!

don’t forget you

Yes, you are traveling alone and responsible for a child, but it doesn’t have to be stressful. Be as prepared as possible, and you will have as smooth a trip as possible, and you can actually enjoy the trip with your child.

For example, dress comfortably so you won’t be conscious of what you’re wearing (and also pack a change of clothes in case of an accident).

Pack plenty of your favorite healthy and unhealthy snacks (see point five above) so you don’t feel hungry and irritated for no good reason.

This article was first published in Wonderwall.sg.