Your holiday is booked, you’re all packed and ready to go and you’re already feeling relaxed… but there is the small matter of a flight with kids to get through before the holiday really starts and if we’re honest, this part can be terrifying! No matter how old your children are, here are our top tips of how to make your journey smooth!
Before flying, make sure you have everything you need to keep those little minds entertained for the entire journey. Pack hand luggage wisely with everything you might need from colouring pencils, sticker books, small toys and ipads. We love the Fun Flight Packs you can buy from Kidore.com
Pack a change of clothes for you and each child. Stick to rucksacks giving you two hands free when walking through the airport, especially if you are traveling with kids on your own.
If you have young children, it might be worth investing in a buggy that can be carried on as hand luggage, like the YoYo. Babyshop and Dragonmart also offer similar products.
Whether it is their favourite toys or a few cheap treats from Daiso, wrap them up and throughout the journey do a lucky dip! Guaranteed to divert their attention!
If your child has their own seat, try to sit them by a window for hours of entertainment – they’ll love watching their baggage being loaded onto the aircraft and seeing all the trucks and airport staff to seeing your destination from the air.
Entertainment systems on most airlines are great, so find a programme they will like, put on their headphones and let them sit back and relax! Failing that, look at the maps and talk them through your journey.
Although they will get food on the aeroplane, it is worth packing lots of snacks for the trip, especially in case of any delays. Pack a lunch box for each child with their favourites things to eat and a couple of little treats. Keep sugar to a minimum though to prevent any sugar highs! If you are travelling solo with the kids, try and eat at the airport – juggling food trays, especially with young children can be more hassle than it’s worth.
Stick to your Routine
If you’re travelling through the children’s usual bedtime, change them into their pyjamas, read them a story then lay them down as you would at home. Hopefully this will mean you can all get some rest, especially if it is a night flight.
On the Move
Starting at the airport, let the little ones burn as much energy as possible. Let them walk around the terminal as much as you can, so they are nice and tired in time for boarding. If they need to snooze at the airport or their legs get tired, make the most of the Emirates Buggy’s available for use at the terminal in Dubai.
At most Airports there is a play area for children to use – in Dubai Airport head to the ‘Kids Zone’. The area includes an interactive games zone and a climbing frame, which is perfect for getting kids to burn off excess energy before flying. It’s located between Gate B7 and B8.
On board, take time every hour to do a couple of laps of the plane and use the toilets. This will help to stretch their legs and will stop them building up too much energy.
Ask for Help
There are amazing facilities at Dubai Airport including Mahaba, Luggage Porters and much more, so don’t be afraid to use them to make your trip easier. Plus, wherever you are in the world, people are always willing to help.
Our favourite Apps include:
For age 2-4
Cbeebies Playtime – Free to download and takes littles ones on a journey through all their favourite characters including Octonauts, Tree Fu Tom, Teletubbies and much more.
Pocket Phonics – Keep those little minds working by teaching how to say, recognise and write sounds and letters. £1.99
Tozzle Puzzle – This contains a series of puzzles and animations that little ones will love. £1.49
Peppa Pig – Happy Mrs Chicken. £1.99
For age 5+
Draw Something – think Pictionary. Great for children of all ages and will entertain more than one child at a time, so ideal for flights. Plus, it’s free to download.
Angry Birds – an old favourite for children of all ages. Free to download.
Leila and the Little Folk – Beauifully illustrated and enchanting new app for older kids that encourages them to solve problems and puzzles. £1.99