We’re going to be quick here as we know you’re in a rush. Luggage to pack, hire car to organise and most important the weather outside to enjoy! Therefore we have made a quick go to place for all our travel tips and tricks we have talked about the past few months. If you’re looking for a two minute read, just look at the “Let’s keep it short”, but if you want more read the “Give me more information”.
In 1 (Packing), 2 (Getting Around), 3 (Parenting) you’ll be ready for your well deserved relaxation.
Let’s keep it short:
You want to keep packing to the minimum? Here is what you’ll need during the flight:
- 1 x t-shirt, shorts, underwear for child
- 1 x small toy / activity
Everything else? Don’t worry, you can buy or do without for the flight.
Give me more information:
Most likely you want to take more on your flight. Don’t worry, the BedBox fits up to 23L of storage (13L plus an extra 3L when the mattress is inside). This fits plenty.
Here are a few ideas on what you might want to bring, but don’t feel you need to take everything:
- Change of clothes for you
- Change of clothes for child
- Small toys (cars, building bricks, comforter)
- Small activities (colouring books, puzzles)
- 1 or 2 books (anymore get too heavy)
- iPad + headphones (make sure the games and videos work offline!)
- Blanket (AC can be cruel at helping a child to sleep!)
- Snacks (read the blog post in the link below!)
- Emergency medicine (But remember flight attendants usually have a good supply if needed and airports have pharmacies)
- Diapers (1 per hour from door to door to be sure you have enough in case of delays or lost luggage)
When packing the BedBox think about which items you’ll need first. Don’t put anything you’ll likely need often at the bottom, otherwise you’ll be searching for it. The mattress is often the item that best goes in first.
Let’s Keep It Short:
- Keep luggage to a minimum.
- Flying with two parents? One parent is in charge of luggage, one parent is in charge of baggage (aka. the kids!).
- Avoid putting liquids in cabin luggage but if you do, pack them in small clear bags before you leave the house.
- Taxi’s are a great way to avoid the stress of airport parking.
Give Me More Information:
- If you are taking a stroller after security, you can clip the BedBox around the bars of the stroller so you can roll hands free.
- Fast Track Food or Fast Food? Arrive in good time at the airport so security is stress free and you have time to eat a little bit before heading to the gate. Some airport restaurants allow you to pre book your meal online or via an app so after clearing security you’ll have a nice meal waiting for you.
- Encourage children to take care of their own luggage, teaching them young makes means you’ll be able to rely on them as they grow up. Think: this year it’s getting a 3 year old to look after the BedBox, but in 5 years its backpacking in Borneo with an 8 year old who carries their own luggage!
- If you are taking a stroller that you are checking into the hold, make sure you protect it! The last thing you want when landing at your destination is to find your expensive pram damaged from bad handling at the airport. The Stokke Prampack fits almost all stroller types and keeps it protected during the flight. Click here to check it out.
Let’s Keep It Short:
- Explain to your children about the journey in advance and what is about to happen.
- Keep calm, all journeys end eventually.
- Let rules fly out the window in order to just get through the flight.
- You know your child best and you’re doing an amazing job!
Give me more information:
There is no better way to give you all the information you may need to keep child/parent meltdowns at bay than reading through our interviews with experts in parenting.
Firstly, you’re going to want to make sure your child is calm, happy and confident throughout the journey. Happy children make happy parents. We spoke with Dr. Rebecca Schrag Hershberg, an Early Childhood Psychologist, Consultant, Author of The Tantrum Survival Guide and most importantly a mother to get some tips on travelling with kids.
Next, you’re going to want to know how to get your little one to be fully rested because you really want them to be ready for holiday to watch that new movie on the In Flight Entertainment system as you didn’t get the chance to see it when it was out at the cinema.
Another of our experts weighed in on getting little ones to sleep, US Sleeping Consultant, Dana Obleman. We really recommend giving this blog post a thorough read if you have a long haul flight coming up.
That concludes our quick fixes and detailed preparation for your journeys this summer.