Our travelling with kids section is a handy resource for parents and children flying with us. An easy guide to our family-friendly services and policies, it is also loaded with helpful tips for mums-to-be and parents travelling with their children. Everything from exchanging money to changing nappies. There’s even some advice for kids on coping with your parents on a holiday!
Your family will look and feel like seasoned travellers with these handy flying hints. Even parents can arrive at their destination clean, calm and rested by taking some clever advice from those that have ventured out before them.
- Take a soft rug or lambskin for baby to sleep on.
- If you are bottle feeding invest in a set of disposable bottles with sterile plastic liners.
- A collapsible stroller is great for speedy flight transfers, an impromptu snooze and also serves as a baby seat in restaurants, and you can take it on-board Jetstar A330 flights if it’s compact enough. It must be under 100x25x23cm.
- A front baby carrier or sling might just save your back, if not your trip. You have to check-in pushers for domestic flights so a soft baby carrier will give you both hands free. It will also roll up easily into your cabin luggage. Great for transit and collecting luggage (although you are permitted to use some baby carriers on board, but not whilst the seat belt sign is switched on.).
- Ask cabin crew to keep your meal warm while you help feed you children. You can eat in peace later.
- Take a change of clothes on-board for you and your baby, especially on a long haul. No one likes to arrive covered in food, milk or worse.
- Feeding your baby with either a bottle or breast when you are taking off and landing, can help them adjust their ears to the change in cabin pressure
- Feed and change your baby just before you board. It is a lot easier and more relaxing for them than trying to do it on-board.
- Keep hydrating them during the flight, especially if it’s international.
- Take some extra nappy disposal bags for putting dirty, or wet stuff into when you pack it away.
- If they have a favourite sleeping toy or blanket take it on-board.
- Try to stick to home sleeping routine on the plane.
- Tie an elastic loop around the favourite cuddly toy so your child can slip their hand through it. Leaving this toy in a plane or airport could ruin the trip.
- Save your kids’ favourite stories onto an iPod as audio books.
- Buy some compact new toys for the kids and wrap them as gifts to increase the novelty (and take up more precious minutes).
- Your basic essentials should include at least one cup with a spout to avoid the inevitable spills.
- If you have an infant travelling on your lap, book off-peak flights where possible. Happily these are often the lower fares too.
- For long hauls try to keep the same rituals as home when it comes to bedtime. Put the kids in their pjs, read them a book, and sing them songs. And make sure they have their favourite toy or blanket.
- Distracting them is the name of the game. Take a handful of little toys, but give them to the kids one at a time. Stretch it out for long hauls.
- Book a seat near the rear where most toilets are in case of emergencies.
- Pack a spare set of clothes including underwear in their cabin baggage.
- Spread the family’s cabin luggage across the kids’ bags too.
- Pack a scrapbook and a glue stick so the kids can create a visual journal by sticking in interesting things like tickets, postcards, wrappers and other souvenirs.
- You can keep older kids occupied for hours with a hand-held computer game or portable DVD player (forget your home TV rules). Don’t forget the headphones and extra batteries.
- Spark a bit of interest before the trip with movies and books set in your destination.
- Let the kids stretch their legs and have a wander mid-flight. But try to avoid mealtime or when the crew is preparing to land.
- Get the kids to act out the emergency procedures demo when the crew does it. It’ll keep them occupied and help them learn it.