Travel: Flying out with your kids? Here’s how to make the adventure painless

Frequent flying, whether for work or vacation can be stressful for an adult especially when there are many connections. This is often amplified when children are involved, regardless of their age. It’s the little things aboard an aircraft; however that make the difference between a pleasant or stressful experience.

Family relaxing on aeroplane, girl (3-5) colouring, smiling. Image from http://www.womensforum.com/flying-with-kids.html

Family relaxing on aeroplane, girl (3-5) colouring, smiling. Image from http://www.womensforum.com/flying-with-kids.html

The key thing to keep in mind is to look at this as an adventure. It’s all in your frame of mind. If you communicate this to your kids as well, they’ll see it the same way!

Good entertainment keeps the tantrums at bay

It’s important to find ways to keep children distracted especially when travelling on a long-haul flight. Make sure you book a flight that is child friendly. For those moments when they start to get jittery, your kids can watch the latest films, cartoons, and more on their own personal seatback TV.

It’s time to eat!

Do not bring one bag of crisps, one bottle of juice, etc. when traveling with more than one child as you do not want to have to deal with them fighting over who gets more. Each child should have a little closeable bag (preferably one that really seals) with his or her name on it, and identical snacks, so everyone knows exactly what is theirs.

Avoid foods that are sticky, messy or crumbly. Resist the temptation to keep the kids going on a long journey by feeding them sweets. Pack a mixture of savoury snacks like cheese cubes, breadsticks, fruit and mandazis – anything to avoid arriving in a strange city with children in the middle of a sugar rush.

Take care of the bear necessities

Here’s a clever solution for that desperate moment when nothing seems to work to make it all better: Stock up on toys and include a combination of cuddly toys, action figures or whatever other toys your little one enjoys.

Emirates have these toys which are also a bag with a kiddie blanket

Emirates have these toys which are also a bag with a kiddie blanket

Take note of your child’s bio-rhythms

As much as possible, choose daytime flights so that you can get some rest for your kids in the midst of all the excitement. Emirates flies double daily flights from Nairobi, that is, at 4.35pm and at 10.50pm so you can select accordingly. Alternatively, you may find that for younger children, late night flights work best, as they will already be asleep.

Keep your kids comfy

Make sure your kids are attired comfortably. Take an extra layer of clothing that can double up as a pillow so they can blissfully drift away, dreaming of dinosaurs or something.

Keep them busy

A bored child will not hesitate to let you know about their predicament. Consider carrying notebooks and pens, or your child’s favourite book. In case you forget to pack these, Emirates has just the thing with Fly with Me Animals magazine exclusively for children. They’re filled with stories, jokes, puzzles, and fun facts that are sure to entertain.

Fly with me Lonely Planet - Emirates bags.

Fly with me Lonely Planet – Emirates bags.

When deciding on the airline to travel with, consider the little and big things they offer to make the journey much more bearable for you and your kids.

Emirates offers dedicated children’s channels and special brightly colored headsets for younger passengers. Families can look forward to even more enhancements by the end of the year. This includes a new range of kid’s greeting cards to celebrate special occasions on board, and refreshed photo cards for cabin crew to capture special moments with an instant Polaroid camera.

Meal times on board have also been given extra attention. The special meals offered to children aged between two and 12 years old will be served on newly designed meal trays featuring the iconic Emirates cabin crew and pilots.

Happy travelling!

Article courtesy of Emirates Airlines.

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