Travelling abroad with children

Flying with young children can be an extremely worrisome and stressful time for parents and carers. However the fear of how your children will behave on the flight does not need to rule your journey and does not need to put you off holidays abroad altogether. Each holiday journey is different so what worked one time may not work a second, especially as your children get older. For young children the best trick is usually distraction, so make sure you take plenty of activities with you to do or think up games you can play during the flight such as the “yes and no game” or “I Spy”.

Many younger children will sleep on a flight, so you may look to book a night flight where the cabin is usually quite quiet and dark. Don’t forget to take any special teddies or blankets with you that the child may need as a comforter.

Often children start to misbehave when they are tired or hungry. Take plenty of snacks with you for the journey but avoid anything that can melt or is sticky and anything with too many e numbers in or sugars, as this will often just make them hyperactive.

Talk to your children before the flight about the importance of good behaviour on the plane and set up a reward for them to be able to achieve if they have behaved well.