Tips for Flying Alone with Small Kids
I’ve been there before: pushing a stroller and pulling luggage, while maneuvering through the airport with a car seat strapped to my back. Sounds like a funny sight? It’s not so funny when you’re flying alone with small kids. However, I’ve found ways to survive. Here’s how:
Rely on the kindness of strangers
There’s something about seeing a struggling mother in the airport. People simply can’t resist helping. Don’t pretend to be a super hero. Accept the extra hand. I don’t look for the help, but I certainly do appreciate the gentleman that holds open the door, and the nice lady who offers to get my daughter’s stroller off the shuttle for me. Thank you, kind strangers!
This day and age, we are expected to be at the airport at least an hour prior to departure. When flying alone with small kids, the magic number here is at least TWO hours. This way, even if you hit traffic on your way, you’ll still have time to check your bags and car seats, as well as make it through security in time.
Many airlines still allow you to pre-board the plane when you’re flying with small kids. I am so thankful for this. If you’ve ever traveled with kids, you know it takes a few extra minutes to get settled once you get on the plane. Take advantage of this opportunity to bypass the agonizing wait to board the plane and having to apologize countless times for your toddler in tow accidentally kicking passengers in the head on the way to your seat!
Make sure that your carry-on is packed with everything you could possibly need inside of it. From their favorite toys, to charged electronics and their most favorite snacks. It’s imperative that you have a stash of emergency and even bribery items, so as not to have a screeching, unhappy kid on your hands. This will cause those same nice strangers who once helped you, to give you a nasty scowl.
You can and will survive flying alone with your kids, it’s just not the easiest thing in the world to do! Don’t forget to take a few deep breaths and relax at your final destination.
What are your best tips for flying alone with kids? Please share them in the comments below.
You may also enjoy:
- The Single Parent’s Guide to Surviving the Flight with Kids
- Getting Through Airport Security with Kids
- Packing a Carry On Bag: My Four Essential Travel Items
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