Plane Tips

Things to consider:

  • Book a non stop flight if possible.
  • Curbside check your luggage. Or we what we usually do is have one adult check in the luggage while the other waits or parks the car.
  • Plane Boarding Position- Boarding early means more time on the airplane and trying to keep the kids entertained.  If traveling with more than one adult have one person board to snag overhead storage and the other wait to board with kids so they can move around in the terminal.
  • Use a baby carrier for your baby to keep your hands available.
  • Purchase a car seat travel cart where you can wheel your child through the airport and then use it as a car seat on the plane.
  •  Car Seat- If you are bringing it onto the plane I recommend buying a cart attachment so you can push it or buying a bag for the car seat that allows you to carry it on your back.  Also make sure it is an FAA approved car seat and you know where the sticker is stating this in case any of the flight crew requires that they need to see verification.
  • Sleepy Time Headrest– this helps kids heads aligned so it doesn’t tilted forward.  Read about my review by clicking HERE.
  • Consider your stroller needs.
    • Now that my kids are a little older I use an umbrella stroller at my destination but don’t take it with me through the airport.  If you do plane side check it, don’t forget to wait for it just as you depart the plane.
    • I bought this cool contraption that allows me to hook two strollers together (even if they aren’t the same kind).  This allows for me to make my single strollers into a double to push put takes up less space for storage.
  • Most airlines don’t have milk so buy some at the airport before you board if it’s needed.
  • Bring sippy cups or cups with lids. Turbulence, an easily kickable tray and an open cup can lead to a disaster!  You definitely don’t want to be wet.
  • Children under 2 don’t need to have a purchased ticket but this means they will sit on your lap.
    • Your child is safest if they use a car seat while on the plane.
    • If you decide to not purchase a ticket for your child under 2 then check with the airline when you arrive at the airport because if there are open seats they will often let you claim a seat for your child under 2 and bring your car seat on free of charge.
  • Bring extra of everything!
    • Extra clothes (Don’t forget an outfit for mom and dad too.)
    • Bring plastic bags to use for any dirty clothes.
  • Wear a jacket.  Not only can it be cold on planes but this can also be a good pillow or blanket.
  • Pack snacks and lots of them!
  • Bring hand sanitizer to help with germs.
  • Pack a book bag for your children full of new activities and snacks to keep them entertained.
  • Wear a book bag yourself so it helps free your hands. It is good to put that under the seat so you can access it more easily than the things in overhead storage.
  • Bring an electronic device and don’t forget children’s headphones.
  • Reduce ear pain by bringing lollipops, pacifiers or some crunchy food because this helps alleviate the pressure. If your child is nursing or bottle-feeding then take off and landing are the best times to feed them to help with their ears.
  • Make sure children use the restroom before take off.  Sometimes they airlines delay when you are able to move around so there may be waiting.  Also the bathrooms are really small and the plane moves so it is awkward.
  • Use a luggage cart or have one of the airport employees help you with your luggage.  Bring cash- it is worth the small price.
  • Stay positive and know you will soon be at your destination!  🙂