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5 essential things to do one day BEFORE flying with children

Traveling with children implies some preparation, so in this article we give you the most relevant advice to make the most of your trip with the smallest of the household.

By Ancana, October 4, 2022

Traveling with children implies some preparation, so in this article we give you the most relevant advice to make the most of your trip with the smallest of the household.

Family trips are the most fun and enjoyable, especially when the family is made up of small children. When planning a trip, it is important to consider certain things to make the experience a memory that lasts a lifetime.

And the most important preparations occur in the days before departure, because in addition to packing and making sure that nothing essential is missing, it is important that the planning of the plane trip is in order and complete.

It is key to keep all the paperwork in order days before the flight in order to guarantee that the entire journey goes according to plan and without much news.

Read on to discover the 5 essential things you should prepare before your family flight with the little ones in the house.

1. Check your departure times

Flights may undergo some changes, whether they change the number of the departure gate or the same schedule is advanced or delayed, so it is important that you are very aware of these types of changes. Sometimes they may change for a few minutes, but when you travel with children every minute counts.

It is very important to check the departure times, not to confuse the morning with the afternoon and although it seems incredible, it does happen. Especially when it comes to international flights that leave at strange times.

There is nothing worse than arriving at the airport at 6 pm and discovering that the flight actually left 12 hours ago, before 6 am. That is the importance of making sure very well.

2. Check your seat assignments

Possibly you reserved the best seats for you and your family, so that during the flight you were all together or at least in the same row. However, sometimes some airlines “lose” those seat assignments, particularly when plane swaps occur or when flights are overbooked.

A dark aircraft interior: the row of modern empty leather seats with armrests down, shallow depth of field, selective focus on the the window with a night lights outside

And if you travel with little ones, separating yourself from your children on the plane can really be a problem. Trying to solve this problem at the airport should be a last resort, try to double check the seat assignment and at least 24 hours in advance, sometimes you will have time to make some changes by phone.

In addition to trying to check-in well in advance so that there are no surprises along the way, if you can do the virtual check-in, what better!

The same goes for families trying to bring the bassinet on the plane. If you travel with a baby in your arms on an international flight, one of the advantages you can take advantage of is claiming a bassinet seat on the plane. The problem is that requests for those bassinet seats, like seat assignments, are often lost or changed. If you’re carrying a bassinet, it doesn’t hurt to call the airline and confirm. Take nothing for granted!

3. Check-in as soon as the airline allows it

Many airlines allow flight check-in up to 24 hours in advance. You will have the opportunity to pay for your bags and print your boarding pass, which will save you time and stress at the airport on the same day of the trip when you are juggling with the little ones in the house.

father and kids at check in desk before flight at airport

4. Check the weather forecast

One reason air travel planning goes wrong is the weather. It is very important to check the weather forecasts in the origin and destination cities to see if there is a real possibility of delays or cancellations, not to mention that it is just as important to check the weather on connecting flights. If you have it, this is probably the most important point.

Climate Weather Forecast Temperature Concept

In major weather events (tropical storms, snow, hurricanes, etc), most airlines will offer travel immunities where you can change your flight plans at no cost.

Because rebooking a family of 4 or five on another itinerary is much more difficult than accommodating a solo business traveler. You will have a much better chance of being able to change your flight plans 1-2 days later or sooner if you are aware of these weather issues.

5. Research the airports

Especially when traveling to unknown airports, make sure you have planned the best way to get through each connection and departure airport. This is especially important when traveling with children, because not having a plan can slow down the connection and departure, becoming a real unexpected challenge.

People in airport are wearing masks to protect themselves from virus.

When researching airports, ask yourself the following questions: Do I have to go through the security gate and then go back in? How far do I need to walk? Do I have to change the airport terminal?

And while your 3-year-old may not routinely use a stroller, he may really need one on his travels if he’s faced with a long walk through the airport and a tight connection. These kinds of little details are important in the often stressful world of air travel.

So now you know! Try to follow these tips before traveling by plane with your little ones and you will see that it will be much less stressful and much more enjoyable.

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