Tips on preparations and getting to the airport when traveling with children.
Plan enough time to get to the airport without stress. If you’re driving, it’s best to use the parking facilities right at the airport. Keep in mind that with kids in tow, it takes longer to get there. So leave home early, take your time, and make your stay at the airport a pleasant experience.
Carry the following items on board with you:
- A blanket to keep your child warm if it gets chilly on board
- Thick socks to prevent cold feet
- Your child’s favorite cuddly animal
- A small toy
- A (picture) book
- Coloring book and crayons or colored pencils
- Extra diapers
- Moist wipes for changing diapers and cleaning your child’s hands and face
- A change of clothes for your child (and yourself)
- Plastic bag for dirty clothes and diapers
- Bottle and pacifier if needed
- Any required medications
- Chewing gum or hard candy to help alleviate ear pain caused by pressure changes
Toy guns are not allowed on board.
If your child is three years or younger, you may carry the amount of baby food and water required for the duration of your entire trip in your hand luggage. Please note that you must report these items at the security checkpoints.
Inform your airline well in advance if you will be flying with a baby. Many airlines will provide a bassinet for long-haul flights.