Tips for Flying with Children…


I love going on holiday, whether it’s home or abroad. I love that I can switch off from the daily chores, no longer clocking watching for preschool pick ups and most of all spending time with my little family.

We took Alice abroad when she was twelve months old and survived! This week we have been enjoying ourselves in sunny Portugal and we have had the best time.

It can always be a bit daunting traveling with young children and this time we would have two to keep entertained. I shared with you last week what I took on the plane for the girls and it all went well and they were well entertained. We survived the flight and fingers crossed the return flight will go just as smooth!

I thought I would share with you my tips for traveling with children and what is in my plane bag…

  1. Preparation A week before we were due to leave I started to talk to Alice about the flight and what to expect. I explained how we would arrive at the airport and that we wouldn’t be getting on the plan straight away. I talked to her about her sitting next to mummy on the plane, but that Holly would have to sit on mummy’s lap as she was too little to have a big girls seat. I told her about some of things we would do whilst on the plane and that you get food and drink on a little tray. That the journey would be long, about the same time as Holly naps, to give her an idea.
  2. Research Check what the airport has on offer to entertain little ones, a lot offer a free play area which can help with the boredom whilst waiting.
  3. Clothing Think about what you dress your child in for the flight, if it’s a night flight pop them in their pyjamas before you board. Otherwise I tend to go for layers, then I can strip them off when needed. Especially if we are leaving a cold England and arriving somewhere warm.
  4. Checking in When checking in, ask if you can sit near the toilets, this can be a life saver when your child starts jigging. Plus you can see when they are free and try to encourage them to go then.
  5. What’s in my bag:
    • Passports
    • Travel documents
    • Money
    • Wipes
    • Change of clothes for both girls
    • Snacks
    • Empty water bottles – so I can fill them up once we are on board
    • Nappies
    • Plastic bag for rubbish
    • Favourite teddies, in case they do want to sleep. But more importantly they don’t get lost!
  6. Boarding Most airlines let people with children board first, this is great as it gives you time to get yourself settled and in your seats. It can be tempting to think wait until the last possible minute to jump on board, but then it can all feel a bit of a rush and everyone watching you.
  7. Entertaining Don’t let them get all the fun things you have brought out at once. I try and do something new every 20/30 minutes to keep the excitement going of what’s in the bag.
  8. Crying Expect a few tears and upsets, it’s going to happen. But, just remember you are going on holiday, it will be worth it and the flight won’t last forever. If you get off the flight with no tears, give yourself a high five!

And that’s it! Do you have any tips for flying with children? I would love to hear them…



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  1. May 20, 2016 / 07:40

    Great tips 🙂 I’ve only flown once with my eldest and never with my youngest. I want to do it soon so they get used to flying while they’re young.
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    • May 22, 2016 / 07:31

      Yes, I know what you mean. Alice was so excited to go on a plane and that definitely helped x

  2. May 20, 2016 / 08:05

    Great tips especially the preparation this is super important to some kids like my son who has autism. We’ve been flying with the kids since they were 3 months being EXPATS. I would say don’t be afraid to ask for help o to queue jump. Most people are kind but you will get some miserable sod who’ll have a moan at being next to children, engage the help of the flight crew. I know I was too polite and quickly learned to be more assertive. We rely on electronic devices to keep them entertained now.
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  3. Some great tips.
    I did a lot of travelling abroad before having the kiddies so we are yet to fly as a family.
    We are happy to holiday in this country for now though 🙂 x

  4. May 20, 2016 / 10:22

    Great post. I have been looking for a post like this for quite some time as a guest post on my own blog. (If you’re interested you can contact me :))
    We are going on our first family holiday this August. That’s with 2 kids. It’s going to be hard but I can’t wait to get away. #thelist

  5. May 20, 2016 / 15:22

    Great tips! I have never flown with the kids and now when I do I’m going to be jumping straight in the deep end with taking 3 kids! I’d love to take them abroad in the next couple of years, but I must admit the idea of the flight does scare me. It can’t be that bad though….
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    • May 22, 2016 / 07:29

      The fear of it, is definitely worse than the reality! My girls were amazing and really surprised me x

  6. May 21, 2016 / 22:45

    Great tips! We went on our first family holiday last summer just after the little lady had just turned two and we did some of these things to prepare her and help her understand what was happening. I have to say, the flights went a lot better than we were expecting. I definitely found talking to her about going on holiday in the lead up to it, and having a bag of treats to keep her entertained throughout the flight really helped. We’re going on our next family holiday this summer when our newest little one will be less than two months old which I am a lot more anxious about even though everyone says that they just sleep on the flights at that age. I guess we’ll soon out for ourselves! Hope youre all having a lovely time in Portugal, your pics look amazing! Emily x #TheList

    • May 22, 2016 / 07:12

      Thanks Emily. I am sure you will be fine, I think under 6 months old is the best time to fly x

  7. May 23, 2016 / 16:15

    Great list. We took our first holiday when baby K was 13 months and preparation was key, in fact the hubby thought I was being over the top with putting everything from snacks to toys in zip lock bags for easy access. Another tip would be to order your baby milk to the airports duty free Boots if your little one is still drinking Aptamil/Cow & Gate, this way it doesn’t count towards your allowance! x #TheList

  8. May 26, 2016 / 16:08

    Fab tips huni! We have only flown twice with Baby and the 2nd time she slept all the way! Certainly makes it easier! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x x
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  9. June 2, 2016 / 10:20

    Great tips, We haven’t taken the kids on a plane for a while. Ava would be a nightmare at the moment! Hope you had a lovely holiday and thanks for linking to #PickNMix

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