7 Ways to Make Fall Flights with Kids Easier
Flying with kids can be challenging any time of year, but fall excursions bring other challenges, such as weather changes and looming sick bugs. Here are seven strategies to help keep your family happy and healthy during your fall flights:
Use Carriers, Baby Wraps When Possible
Did you know that the highest level of germs in an airport is at the security checkpoint? Wearing babies and toddlers in wraps or carriers makes it easier to travel through security lines and helps prevent them from touching dirty surfaces. Another benefit: Other passengers might be less tempted to touch your baby's hands or face when they are snuggled close to your chest.
Pack Healthy Snacks in Your Carry On
Your kids may prefer sweet snacks, but too much sugar can derail your immune system when it's already stressed by travel. Opt for low-sugar protein bars, roasted almonds, fresh berries and squeezable, shelf-stable applesauce and yogurt pouches. If your child loves juice, try mixing it with a small amount of a vitamin drink mix, such as one from Emergen-C or Zarbee's.
Consider Booking an Extra Seat
Children under two can fly free on a caregiver's lap, but do you really want your baby or toddler on your lap for the whole flight? Consider purchasing a ticket for them so that you can use the extra seat for your car seat. While not the most cost-effective way to travel, purchasing the extra seat for a little passenger can also prevent a sick stranger from sitting in your row.
Bring Dual-Purpose Items
Consider purchasing a few items that make traveling with children in unpredictable weather a little easier. For example, Cubcoats offers small stuffed animals that transform into wearable hoodies for children. Similarly, you can find kid ponchos that double as blankets or pillows that transform into full-sized plush blankets. You can also pack pocket-sized ponchos and collapsible vests in your carry-on so that you are prepared for an unexpected downpour when you get to your destination.
Set Yourself Up for Good Sleeping
Getting enough sleep is crucial for young ones, but not always the easiest feat en route. Use an inflatable foot rest pillow to transform an airplane seat into a small bed by placing it in the small gap in front of the seat. This is an easy investment: Inflatable foot rests with or without a portable pump are available for under $20. When not in use, the foot rest can easily be stored in a carry-on.
Alternatively, many airlines, including Delta, Virgin Atlantic and Hawaiian offer a limited number of baby cots on a first-come, first-served basis. Each airline has their own set of rules regarding usage and weight limits, but these cots can help make nap time or bedtime easier for passengers under two while in the air.
Carry Nasal Spray
The biggest threat to immune systems while in flight is dry cabin air, some experts say. When our nose and mouth dry out, we're more likely to catch respiratory viruses. Older children might be more willing to use a nasal spray if you make it a game. For younger children, try to do a quick spray every two to three hours before offering a snack or new toy to minimize the tears.
Wipe Down Everything
Kids touch everything, not realizing that running their hand along the airport railways or licking their seat tray can lead to sickness. Bring a travel pack of antibacterial wipes, and swab common germ areas such as arm rests, bathroom knobs and sinks, window shutters and seat trays. Along with wipes, travel-size hand sanitizer can make it convenient to clean little hands before meals and after the flight.
Whatever your fall family travel plans, you will want to stay safe and healthy. Flying with little ones requires extra planning. But hopefully a little prevention will mean one less trip to the pediatrician this season.
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