The idea of flying with a little one fills most parents with fear. It doesn’t have to be a nightmare though, here is an idea of what to expect from your flight and make the journey as pleasant as possible.
If you are going on a package holiday with a tour operator, a charter flight is generally included in the price. Charter flights are organised by tour operators and they sometimes get highlighted for overcrowding, discomfort and delays.
However, they are usually cheaper than scheduled flights and can be better for families as they offer a variety of extras. If you have a query about your flight contact your tour operator first. Some charter airlines offer flight-only tickets which you can book without paying for a whole holiday package.
If you decide to book your flights and accommodation separately, you will probably find yourself on a scheduled flight. These are organised by scheduled airlines and fly throughout the year at scheduled departure times. They tend to be more comfortable and cost a bit more than charter flights.
You don’t usually have to pay extra for meals and services but seats together, bulkhead seats and bottle warming cannot always be guaranteed. Make sure to contact the airline if you have any queries, some tour operators offer you the choice of charter or scheduled flights (go scheduled if the price and time difference is not too much).
A couple of things you should consider to make the journey more enjoyable.
Explain you have a child when you book and opt for all the extras you can. Note down any reference numbers and call at least 24 hours befre departure to check your requests are ‘in your booking’.
Prepare individual nappy packs that include wipes and a nappy bag so you don’t have to bring your entire hand luggage to the loo.
Night flights are good for long-haul journeys. Look for flights that fit into your babies routine.
Avoid ‘drowsey’ medications as they can have the opposite effect. Some forum board mums do try these out in advance to see if they have the desired effect on your little one, consult the doctor if it’s a major concern.
Expect delays. Bring extra food, change of clothes and nappies in your hand luggage.
Ask for extra leg room.
Feed your baby during take-off and landing to help with their ears and to settle them.
Ask early to be moved to a spare row of seats if the flight isn’t full.