You’re excited about flying with the little ones, but perhaps you’re a little nervous too. This is normal! It’s been awhile since you traveled with your own kids and things have certainly changed since then. Check out this great article from USA Today on the top 10 tips for flying with grandchildren, or take a peek at our 5 favorites below.
1. Be willing to pay for the right schedule
One of the first decisions you’ll make will be when to fly. You can likely get more affordable rates at off peak times, such as early in the morning or late in the evening. However, the difference in price is often just $20 per ticket. Is that worth starting off your trip with the grandkids off their schedule? Talk to their parents to find out what hours of the day are best for them. Some kids thrive in the morning while others are at their best mid-afternoon. Take the schedule into consideration before you get too hung up on the cost.
2. Choose your seats wisely
It can be tempting to pick a window seat so your little ones can take a peek at the ground below. However, if it’s just two of you traveling and you’re picking seats in a 3-seat row, your best bet is to pick an aisle seat. Chances are there will be plenty of trips to the bathroom, or just into the aisle for some leg-stretching, and you don’t want to bug your seatmate every time you need to get up. If the first row or back row is an option these will be your best choice: fewer folks for you to bother!
3. Write everything down!
You may assume you’ll remember the most important information, like when the kids need any medications they’re on, or what their normal bedtime routine is, but remember that you’re about to take off on a whirlwind vacation! There will be stimulation, excitement, and tired grandparents. Having everything written down is an important backup to have.
4. Leave the packing to the parents
You’re taking the kids on a magical vacation – keep your pre-trip work to a minimum! You may have a few fun extras you want included in their luggage, but let the parents do the heavy lifting. They’ll have a much better idea of what the must-haves are.
5. Run the kids out of energy when you can
As you’re waiting to board the plane, let the kids run and play to their heart’s content. The more energy they can burn off before boarding, the more likely they’ll be to relax once they’re on the plane. After the plane takes off, follow their lead. If they’re content to simply sit and play quietly, let them. If they need attention, give it to them.