Currently we are planning our end of year trip home, so this week I’ll touch on tips for dealing with that long haul flight.
My friend, who writes the blog Journeys of the Fabulist, has a good post about how to get through the airport with little ones. Our approach is to get there early and give the kids a good run around before they get on the flight. Last time was a little easier as the youngest was walking not crawling. I think the crawling stage is the hardest for general travel as you have to find some clean floor for them.
Last time we had a evening flight and they both slept but as with all things kids just because it worked last time doesn’t mean it’s going to again. So many people swear by the iPad but we don’t have one so can’t recommend that. But definitely have some new small toys to get out every couple of hours and choose an airline that has a modern entertainment system. We are both so happy that we will be flying in Emirates planes for our Qantas flights this christmas as Qantas do have some old fit outs on their planes.
This page has 50 ideas on entertaining kids on a plane but I’m not sure playing gentle catch will work and it seems to boil down to lots of small ideas be it colouring or toys. Admission, I didn’t make it through the full 50 list.
I love this idea of a toy box in your hair, probably more an idea for the ladies though.
The other end
Take it slow there is no rush, again give the kids a runaround when you get off. In many places what ever you do, you are going to be in a queue for immigration anyway. If you are really lucky you’ll be travelling to a country where they see the kids, take pity on you and put you in the express lane.
Quite often one of the stressful parts is getting into a taxi, you seem to need 100 adults. Got to keep an eye on the kids so they don’t get run over, got to keep an eye on the bags so they are not stolen, got to put the car seats in the taxi, got to get the bags in the boot….there is just too much going on. My only hint is try to forget the queue and take as long as you like.
So what are you top tips for long haul flights and both ends????