5 Top Bloggers Reveal Their Top Tips for Flying with Kids
And, when asked to choose which is worse: a delayed flight or crying baby in an adjoining seat, 79% said a delayed flight is worse. And of those we asked, one-quarter of Americans said they would pay more to sit in an adults-only cabin -- but only for a nominal $25 fee.
We've spent so much time thinking about flying as a family, we called in more experts. There's no doubt that flying with little ones -- whether it's a quick 90-minute flight or a long-haul across the Atlantic -- can be a pretty daunting task for parents. Along with the tips our Chicago deal expert Megan has learned along the way, we wanted to get in touch with a bunch of experts -- five moms who live it and then write about it for a living.
Here's what they had to say:
Honestly, the best things I can tell a parent getting ready for a trip are really threefold- 1- DO NOT forget the snacks. No one likes a hangry kid- they are miserable (and so are mom and dad, who get as growl-y as their stomachs!). 2- This is not the time to try leaving the pacifier, blankie, or stuffed toy at home to "see how they do." And if they are used to sleeping with a night light, bring one. Travel is not the time to shake up bedtime, they are already overly stimulated and out of their element. 3- Don't try to do everything. It's not possible, and everyone will be tired and overwhelmed. Pick what you like to do best, and really enjoy your time as a family. No one wants to come home from vacation feeling like they need a break.
A game changer for me when I flew to Los Angeles with my three children alone was purchasing Tropic Of Candycorn's travel bags. They are individual backpacks for your children filled with tons of things to keep them busy throughout a flight. I was amazed at how much time their bag of goodies occupied them, and it wasn't just for the flight going as they were still entertained on the way home too!
No one wants to be sick for the holidays and with so many kids traveling this time of year the planes are extra germy!! Here is a photo of us on the plane to Orlando last month.