This post about Tips for Travelling long haul with a toddler has been written by Kerry from South Wales who writes a fab blog All About a Mini Norris she has been travelling a lot with her little one so is well placed to tell you all about it. Kerry can be found tweeting @ so pop along and link up with her for more tips.
How many times have you thought to yourself, ‘wouldn’t a holiday in the Caribbean, America, Asia or even Australia be nice?’ And then you’ve thought immediately after, ‘I could never go that far with a baby or toddler on the plane, it would be awful!’. Most people get a sort of cabin fever when it comes to taking a little one on a plane and then that wonderful holiday in the sun becomes a week away in the UK. We’ve all thought about how our fellow passengers would feel if our children were playing up (we were probably all once one of those people that roll their eyes or have a look of dread when they see a child come onto the plane before we had children of our own). We’ve probably all thought ‘how can I travel anywhere with someone on my lap for so long?’. ‘How will I ever entertain my toddler for so long?’ ‘What can I feed them?’ ‘What liquids/milk can I take?’ The list really is endless.
Also when you are booking your flights try and get the row of seats which are behind a bulk head. These give you a lot more leg room than any other seats.
Before you fly the first thing to do is make a list of everything you think you’ll need such as food, drinks, milk, comforters and soothers, change of clothes, nappies, toys etc. I always think that it’s best to over estimate what you may want and that way you won’t be stressed out if you think you’ve forgotten anything.
One of the most important things to remember to pack are your toddlers comforters. For Eva this is her dreaded dummy (I packed a few) and her very precious bunny teddy bear that she does not fall asleep without. The easiest way to get them settled is to have all of their familiar things around them that make them feel safe.
It’s also a good idea to take a blanket and maybe a small pillow. Even though you are given these items on board we all know how uncomfortable these plane seats can be so it’s always nice to have anything extra to make the seat more cushioned.
Now for the entertainment. We got a Trunki, which I can’t recommend enough. It’s the prefect way for children to feel ‘grown up’ with their own bag whilst having the fun of being able to pull it around or ride along on it themselves. I won’t go into a huge deal about them as i’m going to do a separate post on them later on but check out their website here, https://www.trunki.co.uk. We filled the Trunki with all of Eva’s entertainment. This included mostly new things that she had not seen before. We had sticker books, colouring books, crayons, stamps, lego, felt shapes, mini peppa pig toys, books, an iPad and Eva’s own tablet from On the movies. There is a review of the tablet here.
Also remember on long haul flights that you have an interactive screen with each seat. These are normally loaded with a huge amount of movies, programmes and games. Eva adored this on our flights.
Have you flown long haul with your children? Have you got any tips you want to share?