When I made my 2014 resolutions I included I trip to London, Paris or Barcelona. Although I didn't have high hopes for achieving this goal, yesterday and out of a sudden we booked our flights to LONDON!!! This will be our first international trip as a family and I cannot wait for it!
But despite my excitement, I find the whole experience of flying with a 5 year old a bit intimidating. We went also on a road trip in Athens (6 hours journey) last September and we made it without any difficulties. But planes? Sharing a space with total strangers can lead to problems. This got me thinking of all the tricks I could use to make the process not only easy but fun as well!
1. My carry-on will include a variation of toys and books. I guess the initial excitement about flying will eventually fade away, so it will be good to distract him with a familiar game (tales and snakes for example, he loves it) or a book.
2. Our Iphones will be on fire taking photos but I'm afraid that too much electronic entairtenment will also eliminate family interaction. And this is what this trip is all about! In order for this not to happen I thought of buying him a camera so that he will take his own photographs. Yay or nay?
3. As our flight is early in the morning, eating a good breakfast before will definitely help. An adult can control his hunger much easier than a child. But if it's allowed from our airline I will carry a few healthy snacks as well.
4. It's been a while since my last flight but I van vividly remember the changes of temperatures. Dressing in layers is a good way of preventing getting too cold or too warm.
5. To avoid the issue of ear-pressure build-up, as even older children don’t have the necessary motor skills to relieve this pressure themselves a lollilop can help. Extra bonus: a few silent moments.
Have you ever travelled with your kids? Do you have any tips and tricks? I would love to know them!!!