Guest post by Richard Greenwood from Flight Centre.
Airports are busy and hectic places even for adults, so negotiating one with a toddler in tow can be a nightmare. We’ve come up with our top tips for making sure you keep your cool next time you and the little one are off on a family holiday.
One of the biggest fears of most parents is losing their child at an airport. With thousands of people rushing around it can be hard to stay on top of things and toddlers can and do go missing.
If your child were to go missing you want to feel safe knowing that they will find their way back, so planning ahead is essential. You can buy or make your own kid labels that either hang around their neck or wrist or as a sticker on their clothing. On these labels you write their name, address and your mobile number so that if anyone finds them they can immediately bring them back to you.
Also dress them in brightly coloured clothing and a stand-out hat that will make them much more recognisable if they do go walk about.
If they are old enough you should also speak to them of the dangers of walking away from you at an airport and give them consequences should they do so – such as not taking them to somewhere they have been looking forward to going.
Get Them Excited
Airports can be stressful places for both adults and children, and there are no worse ways to start family holidays than trying to negotiate your way through check-in and security and having your toddler screaming. If they have never been to an airport before it can seem like a scary place with so many people and the loud noises of the planes. Put a twist on these fears by trying to get them excited about their adventure. Most toddlers love planes, so show them some pictures and videos of planes before you leave and tell them how exciting it will be. This will keep them happy and energised while you are trying to organise check in and find your way to the gate.
Baby Backpacks and Toddler Leashes
Baby backpacks are a popular choice for parents travelling with toddlers. Strollers can be difficult to handle when you have all your baggage as well, making a baby backpack the ideal alternative. Baby backpacks simply attach around your front like a backpack and your child goes inside, leaving you with two free hands to organise everything else.
If they are too old (or heavy) for a baby backpack then a toddler leash is the perfect way to stop them from running away. They are still able to walk around but they can’t go too far out of your sight.
Get to the Airport Early
Arrive as early to the airport as possible when travelling with toddlers. This gives you the chance to take your time and not have to stress about missing your flights. Being early also means that you can avoid the long queues that you’ll find if you arrive at the recommended time.
If you arrive early to the airport if also gives your little one the chance to run around a bit and burn off excess energy – particularly important for long haul flights.
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Richard Greenwood from Flight Centre is a passionate traveler and enjoys sharing his travel tips and experiences with others. Flight Centre is a leading travel agent in a range of countries including Australia, UK, Canada and offers cheap flights across the world with a lowest airfare guarantee.
lyddia pearson says
Great article and good to read about other people observations and ideas when travelling with toddlers. I have a toddler and since going on holiday with friends and their children we have purchased a very popular brand of kids luggage on wheels. Our son is now at the stage where he wants to carry something and helpout,if only for a while! These are great suitcases as they are small and lightweight and kids can pull them along easily, and when they get tired they can hop on the back and get pulled along by mummy or daddy!
Bushra Syed says
I agree with that, it’s really hard to travel with the kids. But no matter what kids are fun to be with them.
Patti D. says
The problem is when there is some sort of delay, kids don’t have the patience it takes sometimes, and it can be really hard for them.