Have you ever found your flight was delayed or cancelled while traveling with small children? Did this leave you feeling frantic, unprepared and uneasy? Having flown a lot with little ones, I have come up with a list of essentials to help make flying easier if one of these situations were to occur. They will keep you sane and your child happy in case of an emergency.
1. Carry with you all medication(s) your child may need. If your flight is delayed, your child won’t have to miss a dose, especially if they are not feeling well.
2. Extra diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes are important in case of an accident. Have plastic bags on hand as well, for soiled items.
3. Bring your stroller to the gate. It can be checked up until the time of boarding on most airlines. This makes a great place for your child to take a rest, if your flight is running late.
4. Have with you any comfort item that your child may need, like a favorite blanket, stuffed animal, or pacifier. Being able to sooth your child will keep the two of you happy, as well as everyone around you.
5. Pack extra snacks in individual bags, and drinks, such as juice boxes. Your airport terminal may not carry your child’s favorite foods. If you are traveling with a baby, pack extra bottles, formula, and bottled water. Make sure your baby food can be kept and served at room temperature. Also, have bibs and spoons with you as well.
6. Have some of your child’s favorite, small toys with you. Bring along a few surprises as well, something they have never seen before. This will help pass the time and keep them occupied if there is a delay. Books work well too.
7. Bring a portable dvd player with your child’s favorite movie, and head phones. They can sit quietly in the terminal or on the plane with this one. It is also a good way to pass time if there is a flight delay.
8. Car seats are a must. If your flight is cancelled, you will need this to transport them to a hotel.
9. Carry with you a small first aid kit, in case your child has a minor accident. It’s a good idea to have some band aids, antiseptic wipes, and doctor approved pain reliever in it.
10. If your child has any special needs, make sure they are packed on board the flight too. They will be of no good to your child, if they have been checked, in the event of an emergency.
Follow these tips, and if you are faced with a flying emergency, you will feel confident that you have come prepared.