1. BE FURBI: YOUR CHOICE OF TIME IS YOUR ALLY.
It doesn’t matter that they have a few days of life or that they already know how to read and write, the best time to travel with the little ones is the one that corresponds to … when they sleep. If you are travelling overseas, prefer night flights; if your next destination involves a few hours of flight, however, you prefer the bedtime schedule. For long-haul flights, many airlines have a bassinet for babies or very small ones: it is fixed on a column inside the plane, it is very comfortable (although it should be dismantled in case of turbulence, only negative point) and it usually gives access to the first places, with more space for the legs. Help your children get into the rhythm of the journey: if, for example, they have the habit of brushing their teeth before going to sleep, or that you tell them a story, do the same in flight. It will help them. If you are travelling with very young children, also consider using a baby carrier.
2. MUST BE ENTERTAINED!
And in this case, some airlines will meet you. The best ones, especially on long routes, offer an entertainment system on board with films, TV series and games. Even if you are part of the clan “My son and cartoons, absolutely never”, you will desist: the desire to travel in peace will prevail. Everybody likes cartoons, and as soon as your child gets bored, nothing prevents a walk in the corridors. Make the trip interesting and he will be thrilled. Regardless of age.
3. ALWAYS BETTER THINK ABOUT IT BEFORE: FOOD.
If you are preparing for a long-haul flight, you will probably be served food on board. Important to know, it is also provided for your children. If they are more than two years old and have the right to a seat, they will probably be offered the same food as adults for some games. Don’t forget to order it when you book your ticket. If you are travelling with a puppy less than 24 months old, then only homogenized are expected. It will be in your favour to organize yourself first. Bring from home or buy something to eat that you are sure your little ones like before boarding: you will avoid unnecessary crying and complaints. Anyone who is hungry is more nervous, and anyone calms down in front of a dish he loves. Also, equip yourself with enough snacks and sweets. Yes, it is true, you don’t usually do it, but once you get off the plane your children will return to their usual diet, and you will be happy and rested despite a long journey on your shoulders.
4. EVERYONE MUST BE AT HIS OWN: COMFORTABLE.
Especially if you have to face a flight at night, make sure your children are comfortable. Very comfortable. They will move more easily, they will sleep more easily. Also, anticipate temperature changes. Often on aeroplanes, it can get cold and this prevents you from being calm: keep a sweater and a cover in your backpack. It can easily come in handy.
5. THINK OF EVERYONE: BRING A CHANGE FOR YOU AND FOR THEM.
If you travel with very very small children, at least one change is a must, so they will travel comfortably and clean. But also think of yourself: better to equip yourself in case something goes wrong on takeoff, you are stuck with seat belts and you don’t even have a way to reach the bathrooms. Bring a spare shirt.
6. IN THE BACKPACK, EVERYTHING YOU NEED.
In addition to the aforementioned sweaters and covers, keep everything you need handy. Diapers for example, or first and foremost hygienic wipes They will all be valid allies.
7. THIS IS THE SECRET: THE GAMES!
Take into consideration that even if you love travelling light and are backpacker types if you also want to spend a good time, part of the space must be dedicated to everything your children love and that will keep them entertained as much as possible during the flight. Are they small and are putting their teeth? Bring along your favourite rubber toys. Are they great readers? Include at least a couple of books. Get smart, choose not only the ones you like most but especially those with multiple pages, which will keep them busy for as long as possible. Don’t forget a notebook and pencils. He will surely like drawing: help them with imagination. Bring their favourite games and you are sure to guarantee a moment of rest.
8. WATER AND CIUCCIO FOR TAKEOFF AND LANDING.
Children have ears that are much more sensitive than those of an adult. During take-off and landing, they can be annoyed. Pacifiers or water bottles are good helpers.
9. ARE YOU IN TWO? GET STARTED WITH THE ROLES.
Are you going to face a long journey with your children? Do not think only of them but also of you! If you are two, help each other. There are those who take care of children and those who rest, there are those who entertain them and those who fill in the visa sheets. And then vice versa. It will help you recharge your batteries. Don’t forget that the journey begins when you get off the plane. You need to be in shape. Particularly if you have to deal with a time zone.
10. CALM, IT WILL GO EVERYTHING.
Ok, it’s true. It can be extremely tiring. But don’t forget that it is not your children who have to take care of you but you of them. If they feel nervous, stressed, they too will become so. Keep calm, relativized. It’s just a journey. Do not put yourself too to the test: if you have to face the first time on a plane with your little one, you prefer a first close experience, without exaggerating. 2, 3 hours of maximum flight. You will need it to understand at what pace you want to go. But once you understand it, no more fear, and you will be ready even for 13 hours of flight! The success of this wonderful experience depends on you. Enjoy it!