Going on holiday is always fun and exciting, especially if your child is flying for the first time. It will be a big adventure for you both, from the moment you arrive at the airport, so prepare everything in advance to ensure a high-flying success.
Travelling in an airplane will be an amazing experience for your child, starting from the moment they arrive at the bustling airport. Remember to hold onto them tightly, but most of all, make sure they enjoy their trip!
It’s a good idea to talk about your trip beforehand. Your child will be very excited to find out that they will be travelling in an airplane. You can look at pictures and books and learn more about flying – it will be educational as well as fun!
You can also buy some airplane-related toys – and don’t forget to point out airplanes as they fly overhead. You can guess where they are going and look at maps of different countries. It will also be great fun, if possible, to visit an airport before you fly – your child will love seeing the airplanes as they land and take off and they will start to get used to the hustle and bustle of an airport.
It’s a good idea to explain to your child about the pressure that builds up during take-off and landing, as this can affect their ears. Special earplugs can lessen the pressure and alleviate any pain. Also, a number of airlines offer special kits for children – find out in advance what might be available.
Make the journey fun
For longer journeys, make sure you take a few different toys and activities for your child. You can give them to your child every hour, so they always have something new to read or a different activity to try. Colouring pencils, sticker books, picture books, or a doll, model car or airplane are all ideal.