Flying with a toddler can be tough. Read one mum's tips for making the trip easier.
While many parents may dread flying with a toddler, I’ve come to realize that this need not be the case. Plane rides with young children can be fun, provided we are well-prepared.
To help parents like me out, here are some of my tried-and-tested tips for flying with a toddler:
1. Have easy on-off shoes
Security is very tight at many airports and some require that shoes/coats/bags all be taken off and placed through x-ray machines. Your toddler is no exception.
This means that not only will you be taking off your own shoes and coat but you will also have the added stress of taking off your toddler’s shoes and coat — all while trying to quickly move through the line as to not hold up any impatient travelers.
So, when flying with a toddler, take it from someone who has been there — save yourself a little stress and have your child/children wear shoes that are easy to put on and off.
2. Carry light
When it comes to flying with a toddler, make sure that your carry-on luggage is light — at best, stick to just 1 or 2 small bags.
If you don’t, not only will security be a pain to go through, but carrying anything more than absolutely necessary while trying to keep track of a toddler in a busy airport will be extremely stressful.
Also, bathroom trips and shopping for souvenirs, especially if you are flying with a toddler alone, will be difficult with extra things in your hands.