Are you thinking of travelling this half term? Or if not, I’m sure there is something planned for summer. Emirates is also making their in flight service more fun for little ones by launching 4 new animal toys. Each animal will help children learn more about it’s habitat. The first four to feature are – Lewis the Lion from Africa, Peek U the Panda from China, Enrico the Monkey from Latin America, and Leila the Camel from the Middle East.
Here are the top tips from Emirates –
TOP TIPS FOR TRAVELLING WITH CHILDREN THIS HALF-TERM
Emirates shares some of their top tips for families planning to travel with babies or young children this school holiday period:
When booking your flights:
- Look to time your flights with your child’s daily routine – if possible, try and time your flight times to suit with your baby/ child’s daily routine. For instance:
- DON’T opt for a middle-of-the-night departure thinking your kids will sleep through. They invariably won’t and you’ll be doubly exhausted
- DO try to plan a flight to fit in between meal times or naps as this can help reduce the chance of public tantrums
- Choose your seats wisely – if you can, always book your baby a bassinette or choose bulkhead seats (these have no seat in front of them so that no one can recline into your space, enabling your children to have more room to play)
- Select children’s meals – don’t forget to opt for children’s meals when booking your tickets.
- Emirates offers both baby and children (between the ages of 2 and 12 years) meal options. A selection of prepared baby meals are available on board as well as classic kids favourites
- Go sugar- free with your children’s travel snacks – sugar-free sweets are great for take-off and landing to help reduce the pressure on their ears plus also means that they will not grow increasingly hyperactive and disrupt other passengers
- Allow your children to bring their own carryon bag with a couple of toys –This makes your child feel more grown up and adds to the excitement of the complete travel experience
- Board the plane last – whilst many airlines offer families priority boarding, many parents in fact prefer to board last to minimise the amount of time their baby/small child spends on the plane. Many parents want their small child to burn up as much energy as possible in the airport/airport lounge so that when they are strapped in their bassinet or seat they are ready to sleep
- Introduce your children to nearby passengers – When boarding your flight, introduce your children to surrounding passengers so that they are aware that you have young children and appreciate that you have everything in hand
- Inflight Entertainment – Allow your children to spend a lot of time enjoying the in-flight entertainment. By giving your children license to watch more television/ films than usual, it will seem like a treat and will give you time to relax and unwind too. For instance, the Emirates ICE entertainment system offers dedicated children’s channels including TV shows, movies, music and games plus we have special brightly coloured headsets for them too – just ask our cabin crew. Also if all the family listen to the same radio channels/play the same games on ICE it makes the flight more inclusive and engaging
- Toys – No matter how old your child is, you should never underestimate the power of a new toy. A new distraction presented at the right moment can work wonders. Young flyers can make friends on their Emirates flight with our new ‘Fly With Me Animals’ – cuddly blanket buddies to snuggle up or that can attach to their seat belt. Infants and toddlers can also enjoy our Fly with Me Lonely Planet activity bags that are guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained from start to finish.
- Utilise the Cabin Crew – The Cabin Crew are on hand to make your flight as enjoyable as possible. They can help with warming bottles, keeping baby food refrigerated, offering kids activities, holding meals until a convenient time and maybe even sneaking a glass of wine to you after your child finally falls asleep.
I think these are great tips for any travel with children as it is so easy for them to get bored while on board.