Surviving an Early Morning Flight with Toddlers


A few weeks ago we were given the news that our already ludicrously early flight to Preveza had been cancelled by Monarch and we needed to fly on Enter Air (who I know?!?) at 5.45am. To say I was displeased was an understatement. To arrive 2 hours before the flight left would mean getting the kids up at 2.30am in the morning. 2.30am is not the morning; it is quite simply the middle of the night!

So last week we did just that, we got them up at 2.30am and set off. So how did we survive an early morning flight with our pre-schoolers?

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1 We pack everything the night before as it makes the morning less fractious; we literally packed the bags, the hand luggage and put everything in the car.  We only had to get in.

Z Frame Luggage
Z Frame Luggage

2 Pre-book airport car parking, use chauffeur parking if you can.  We had a seamless service from APH when they collected our car from us.  I called 15 minutes before we got to the airport, we drove up the ramp to departures and gave the man from APH our keys. No trolleys needed, no trying to find a space, no long walk. Just really easy and straightforward! Hoorah.

3 Use speedy security at busy periods; this helped us get through the queues quickly!

4 Take a breakfast picnic; we usually pack cereal bars and apple juice in squeezy bottles not cartons (easier for tired children). This way we don’t have to find food they will eat in a busy airport with very little open. We make coffee for us – this is essential! What coffee equipment do you have at home? I found reviews of various items on this German coffee blog.


5 Pack children’s hand luggage full with activities so if they are stuck in a queue they have something to do;

It wasn’t ideal flying at 5.45am but we survived, and the upside was being in the pool by 1pm that day!

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5 thoughts on “Surviving an Early Morning Flight with Toddlers”

  1. Wow, what an early start! Sounds like you were all prepped and ready for any issues. Great tips, love the one about activities for the queues. It does make it easier when you have kids. Loving the pic of the swimming pool, every cloud has a silver lining 🙂


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