Spring Break isn’t just for college students. Flying with your family on spring break has become a tradition for a lot of people. But air travel can be stressful, with kids even more so. It doesn’t have to be that way! Just follow CheapAir’s air travel hacks for a smooth and relaxing flight!
Book seats for the whole family on spring break
These days, with more airlines offering a la carte and “Basic” Economy fares, travelers should always pay close attention to what you get for a basic fare. And when you’re traveling with the kiddos, you’ll want the extra assurance that booking a ticket means you’ll get to sit together. Basic Economy seats do not come with a specific seat assignment, which means if you don’t pay to upgrade to one, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be seated together. We say its worth the extra dough to keep everyone together. Use CheapAir.com’s easy search to compare what you get on each flight.
Skip pre-boarding when you’re flying with your family
You might be tempted to get on board early when you’ve got small kids in tow, but we like to hang back in the airport and let everyone expend as much energy as possible before boarding. Tired kids are preferable once you’re on board.
Don’t sit next to your spouse when you’re flying with an infant
When you have an infant, flying can be pretty stressful for you and your fellow passengers. In addition, you and your husband probably haven’t had much rest and relaxation since the little bundle of joy came into your life. Just sitting in different parts of the plane can be a lifesaver.
Here’s how it works. When you take turns holding the baby in different parts of the plane, it gives your little one different things experience. More distraction equals less fussiness, and it will give each of you time to decompress and chill a bit. It may be tough to do for international flights, but for shorter, domestic hops we say divide and conquer that fussy baby syndrome!
Backpacks for flights with spring break kids
We give our kids agency over their in-flight fun in a number of ways, but first and foremost they pack and bring their own “fun” backpacks. Younger kids probably need a little assistance packing, but a pack that they carry themselves always adds to the excitement and responsibility. Sneak a surprise snack and small toy in the bag for the added novelty!
Got a baby? You might need a change of clothes
For the kiddo, yes. But a change of clothes for you might not be a bad idea either. When you have little kids, do yourself a favor. Bring along a change of clothes for the kiddo, mom and dad.
Disinfect that tray table
To be honest, this tip should be on everyone’s list – not just the kids. The tray table is the most bacteria-prone place on the plane, statistically speaking. The last thing you want to do is show up to your vacation with a sick kid. Wipe it down with some anti-bacterial wipes. You’ll thank us later.
That’s it! If you’re looking for some family-friendly destinations, check out this post!