Baby On Board or How To Survive Travelling with a Child

Travelling with kids can be pretty stressful as well as fun. Flying with babies or very small children is twice as challenging. Here is a short guide on how to survive your first flight with a baby or small kids on board.

Flying Child

If your kid flies for the first time, and if they are able to understand you, make sure that he or she knows what will happen step by step. Tell him about the trip to the airport, what will happen there – that you are going to bring your suitcases, check in, watch the planes take off and touch down before you board. When a kid knows what’s ahead of them, they find it easier to cope with the new situation.

If your child is reluctant to embrace new situations, tell them a funny story about flying by plane. Kids are always eager to experience positive and exciting emotions, so telling them about an exhilarating event on the way, will most certainly help them look forward to the day of the flight.

Now, what about kids that cannot understand speech and explanations. Babies can sense adults’ emotions very well. They are like radars of our moods. So, before the flight, make sure that you are well rested so that there is as little anxiety as possible. For this purpose:

  • don’t leave the packing of your suitcases for the very last time. This will create a lot of stress that the baby will feel;
  • let your toddler or baby take part in the packing if possible; boxes, suitcases and pleasant, as much as it can be, fuss can become an exciting game;
  • sing songs imitating the drone of planes;
  • show them images or models of planes – something that they will see a lot on the next day.

Non-stop flight Vs. Connecting flight
Kids’ moods change like the weather, and even more quickly when they have to wait in long queues, when among lots of people, and at a place where they can’t run free. To minimise the agitation resulting from the very length of the flight, try and pick up a direct (i.e. non-stop) flight whenever it is possible. Night flights are also a very good choice, as kids doze off on the plane pretty often, worn out by the day.

Touchdown and Takeoff

On Board

Take-off and touchdown are the two moments when kids might feel uncomfortable. There are several things to help you avoid unpleasant situations:

  • put the baby / kid to sleep
  • breastfeed him / her or give them the dummy
  • let the child look out of the window
  • bring their favourite toy on board

On Board Alone…

Children can travel on their own, which requires a fee for the additional attention that the ground and onboard crews have to pay to your kid. Usually, a child can travel by plane on their own when they are at least 5 or 6 years old, depending on the airline company. Most airport authorities require a special declaration signed by both parents that the child is going to travel alone, plus contact details of the person who is picking them up at the destination airport.

This is pretty much what you need to know when you plan your trip with a child. Bon voyage!


A Flight of Fancy: Curious Facts About Flying by Plane

Travelling Plane

“Window or Isle?” This is the most common phrase you here upon check-in. Oh yes, if you are an experienced traveller, you might think to ask for specific area on the plane – close to the doors, to the toilet, at the front or at the rear. But this is pretty much what you can choose from when you depart. But there are much more curious facts about flying that we want to share with you.

Skyscanner asks a curious question: “Who you don’t want to sit next to?” As many as 35% of holidaymakers say that the most unpleasant situation is to sit next to a person with unpleasant body odor. Obese trippers are a “no-thanks!” for a fifth of frequent passengers, while babies come next.

Another survey, looking to find the sexiest pronunciation you can hear during a flight, states that French is the sexiest of all, followed by Gaelic, Italian, English and Russian. Wonder which the least sexy are? Well, if you speak in Greek, Portuguese or Indonesian, you might want to keep silent…

The rudest tourists are believed to be the English. They are considered unpleasant travellers because of their traditional lack of interest in local cuisine and beverages, and a very weak desire to explore the local traditions or learn some survival phrases in the local language. Among the most preferred tourists are Norwegians, the Japanese, Australians and the Swedish.

The biggest tips come from Americans…

As many as 4% of wanderers have deliberately attempted to go through the control check with liquids exceeding 100 ml.

Photos of friends on Facebook is still No. 1 trusted source for information about vacation destinations.

Contrary to the common belief that the web limits our offline communication, as many as 45% say that they travel more thanks to the opportunities web platforms such as Couchsurfing.

Finally, when you travel by plane chances are that someone might try to hit on you. As many as half of explorers say that they flirt during flights, and some 10% of voyagers state that they have started a long relationship with a person they’ve met in the skies. Specialists claim that such decisions are often based on alcohol, height as well as the carefree mood taking hold of us in expectation of a vacation.

No surprise – a whopping 95% of globetrotters want to mark their name in the informal Mile High Club of those who have had sex onboard of a plane.