What is a vacation without bringing your kids along? However, you want to make sure you make the proper preparations to make sure that everyone in the family has the best time possible.
When it comes to airlines, check for special children’s rates. Generally children under two years can fly free. Also, check out to see if there is a children’s menu available. The airlines generally do not provide baby food or formula, but check to see if they can heat formula if you provide it. Don’t expect airline stewards to help you change diapers. Since they handle food, they are restricted in what they can handle to keep everyone safe.
Investigate the baggage policy for children’s tickets. Are they allowed baggage if they are traveling for free? Do they have the same baggage allowance (carry-on and checked) as a full fare adult ticket? Can strollers and diaper bags be carried on, and if so, do they count as your carry-on allowance.
Every child will want their own carry-on, whether a backpack or a small rolled suitcase. Pack your child’s carry-on as carefully as you pack one for yourself. Include their medications, pediatrician’s name and phone number and any other items they need to make it for at least 24-hours in case your luggage is lost or delayed. You may want to put their important medical information in your carry-on luggage. Consider bringing some of your child’s favorite munchies along on the trip since the airline’s don’t serve meals immediately and may not have exactly what your child wants. Remember that with international travel, you may be limited on items such as fresh fruit that won’t be able to pass through customs. Pack an extra shirt for your child and yourself, accidents do happen.
A final consideration is seating in the plane. If you have small children, see if you can reserve a bulkhead seat. Those seats have more legroom and provide more of an area for your child to move around. The only real negative of the bulkhead seating is you won’t have under seat storage in front of you. If you have a baby, check to see if the Airline can provide a bassinet for you to place in the bulkhead area. Only one child is allowed to sit on an adult’s lap for every three-seat row because of the limited number of oxygen masks available. If two adults are flying together and both are planning on having a child on their lap, you’ll need to book seats in different rows of the plane.