Traveling with kids – the airplane edition
Our oldest is a seasoned traveller after years of commuting between Sweden and U.K. For him, flying has become second nature and he doesn’t bat an eyelid nowadays. He always behaves in an exemplary manner.
I’m joking obviously.
He’s a child.
They will always try and throw you a curve ball or eight. You know, to keep you on you your toes.
I remember the first time I went on a plane. I was eight years old and we were flying to London, our first holiday as a family.
Travelling anywhere with my family was always a challenge. You see, my parents are complete polar opposites.
Mum worries about EVERYTHING and has to be at the airport at least four hours before take off. She’ll have her bags packed at least a week in advance.
My dad, on the other hand, well, he is never in a hurry and would probably arrive five minutes before boarding if he got his way.
Let’s just say this is a recipe for disaster/interesting family time.
I got the travelling bug right away.
I loved watching all the people rushing round to different destinations, the cabin crew – so sleek and professional, and feeling the plane take off into the clouds for the first time, watching Arlanda disappear
Nowadays, the novelty of flying has worn off somewhat.
I’ve flown with many airlines to all kinds of destinations – both for work and leisure.
I’ve had good trips and awful trips. I’ve been on long flights and short flights. I’ve missed flights and slept on an airport floor. (Yes, really).
Although I’ve had so many experiences with airplane travel, some things are a constant.
I’m sure most of you will know these things already, but here’s a list of a few things we’ve picked up along the way.
Livermore’s Top Tips:
- People will always rush to board the plane. It doesn’t matter whether you fly short or long haul, budget or premium – we all want to get on that flight prontissimo. You either join them or sit down and wait in protest. Or you book first class and sail by the queue – up to you and your budget. We’ll all end up on the same plane after all.
- Boarding sequence is a weird one but generally speaking, if you have seats at the front or the very back you’ll either be boarding first and off first – or on first, off last. (Again, unless you fly Business or First Class)
- Buy your snacks and food before flying. It’ll be nicer and cheaper. Everyone does it so don’t worry about what’s etiquette.
- Having said that, recently we’ve had some very meals with SAS and Tui respectively. I think airlines are upping their game!
- Prepare for the unexpected. When we flew to Tenerife the cabin crew suddenly announced that we would be landing in Agadir, Morocco to drop off some crew. (I’m not kidding!) Bring extra nappies, babymilk, wipes, spare clothes and board games.
- Invest in a good power bank. An iPad is your best friend on long flights. You want it fully charged!
- I’ve said it before – headphone splitters. They will save many fights – err, I mean flights, in the future.
- I screen shot all the booking emails (parking, tickets, airplane lounges, car hire etc, etc) and the inside of the passport and then save into an album on my phone. That way I have all the info I need at hand in case the hard copies go awol and I don’t need to sift through numerous emails.
- Most airline check ins can also be done really easily via an app.
- Team tag your luggage. If you’re like the majority of the population then you most likely own a black, red or navy suitcase. (Unless you’re like me and love pink and purple coloured bags!)
- We bring a refillable bottle and take through security. You can fill them up on the other side for free!
- Another thing we do is to have a case for all our cables/chargers. That way, they’re all in one place and easy to access on the plane or once you’re at your destination.