1. Consider a Night Flight – If you’re flying internationally and know that you will be in the air for at least six hours, then Kaamna Bhojwani-Dhawan of Momaboard advises parents to take “night flights,” especially if the children are preschool age or older. If you fly when your children are normally sound asleep in their beds at home, says Bhojwani-Dhawan, it’s likely that their biological clocks will take over and they’ll sleep on the plane.
2. Just Say “No” to Pre-Boarding – The goal should be to spend the least amount of time stuck on the plane as possible. If you are lucky enough to be traveling with another adult, divide and conquer. The first adult boards early and takes as much gear as possible…The second adult boards as late as possible with kids. There is no reason to spend more time than necessary cooped up in your tiny airplane seat.
3. Don’t Forget the Juice – Juice, in this case, doesn’t refer to orange, apple or grape – but rather, a battery charge. Screen time can be a terrific way to capture kids’ attention when you’re 36,000 feet up in the air, and you don’t want to rely on finicky in-flight outlets to get the job done. It’s always nice to have a portable battery device that can power up mobile phones or tablets.
4. Make Tubs Safer with Towels – Place a towel on the bottom of the tub and let your child sit or stand on it for washing. It keeps them from slipping onto a hard tile surface.
5. Sleep When the Baby (or Toddler or Kid) Sleeps – There should be no guilt about making sure your children rest, even if it’s just lying on the bed in front of the TV. Do-nothing-at-all time will make all of the other activities much more enjoyable for everyone.
6. Turn on White Noise at Bedtime – Whether it’s a couple fighting loudly next door, rock stars playing below you, or you’re’ just trying to watch TV while your son or daughter sleeps, our experts have two words for you: white noise. To counter unwanted noise, pack a white-noise machine or download an app for it on your phone.
7. Re-create Nighttime Rituals from Home – Try to re-create your bedtime routine as much as possible by bringing books, pillows, blankets and special stuffed animals. And if kids aren’t used to sleeping together, have the older one out of the room while the younger one falls asleep; then have the older one go to bed.”
8. B.Y.O.W. (Bring Your Own Water) – Pack sippy cups or bottles of water and take them with you wherever you go, because when you find that you really need some H2O, it might not be readily available. You never know when the kids might be thirsty, not feeling well or if they spill something that water could help clean up.
9. Pack a Change of Clothes – When traveling anywhere with very young children – whether it’s for a day trip to the beach or a visit to a shopping mall – our experts say it’s essential to have a complete change of clothes within reach. If you don’t have an extra set of clothes, chances are you will run into a situation where they will be needed.