Advices to travel by plane with kids
- Give food or something to drink to the kids while waiting at the airport or at home
When flying with kids it is important to keep in mind the following advices that MIAEROLINEA has for you in order to make everybody enjoy the trip. Remember that if your kid is not happy, you aren’t either and a lot less the passengers around you.
Documents. Put in the same place (envelop, bag or briefcase) all the passengers’ documents: passports, vaccination record, tickets, prescriptions (if it is the case) and immigration forms, among others. If the children are travelling with one of the parents or with a third person, the airport officer may ask for a travelling permission issued by the corresponding authority. This document should be processed well in advance before the date of the flight. The same thing applies for the vaccines. Double check the due date of passports and/ or visas. Remember to always carry a pen to fill up the forms.
Hand luggage: Pack in your hand luggage a change of clothes for you and another one for the kids travelling with you. Unexpected situations could happen with the food, throwing up or any stop over at the airport. Also carry a towel, antibacterial gel (make sure the content of the bottle does not exceed the amount allowed by the airline) and/or wipes. Remember to put changes of clothes, disposable diapers, hygiene articles, medications, food and toys in the baby´s hand luggage.
Seats: make sure that the assigned seats are together. Most of the kids like to travel in the window seat. It is also a good option to choose seats close to the toilets. If you are travelling with a baby we suggest that you reserve seats with a little more room, just in case you need to change diapers or attend an unexpected situation. The fee for these seats could be higher. Ask if it is allowed to have a crib or special seats for little kids.
Foods: Give food or something to drink to the kids while waiting at the airport or at home. This way you will have more options to satisfy them. Once in the aircraft they may not like the food offered on board. Some airlines offer menus for kids. If you are travelling with a baby, remember to carry the fruit compotes and bottles with you. You can ask the cabin attendant to warm the baby food in the galley of the plane.
Entertainment: many airlines have modern entertainment systems on board but they couldn´t be enough for your children. Bring them toys, portable videogames, sound players or any other article they like and that is easy to carry. Another option is to buy toys at the airport duty free shops or on board. In case of any doubt about the flight, call the airline or travel agency.
If you have already travelled with children, you can share your experience making comments on this article.