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Hints for travelling long haul flights with children

Home to airport – check in – on board – landing – immigration, baggage carousal – airport to destination by car.

  1. Travel insurance paid and issued at the time of paying for holiday/air tickets. Babies are high risk of cancellation due to fever, ear infection, stomach bug etc.
     
  2. Mobile with international roaming essential.
     
  3. To airport from your home -
    a) pre book taxi, airport shuttle or limousine with car seat.
    b) Airport long term parking stations offer transport to the terminal though suggest dropping children with adults and luggage to terminal first. Driver parks vehicle at parking station and returns in the shuttle to terminal. c) Family or friend drive family to terminal in family car fitted with car seats etc.
     
  4. Baby Bjorn (pouch) allows free hands for parents to manage passports, luggage, and other toddlers, check in procedures. Handy on board aircraft to settle baby. Allows parents to eat on board with free hands.
     
  5. Ensure you have an adequate supply of nappies, food, panadol (all drugs should be discussed with your GP/pediatrician prior to the flight), change of clothes for both child and parents, always pack anything essential in carry on luggage in case of lost checked luggage. Eg anything required at your destination which would be difficult to replace if luggage was lost indefinitely.
     
  6. Pre-book infant/toddler/child meal.
     
  7. Pre-book the bassinet for infants, generally maximum 11 kilos weight.
     
  8. You are able to pre book and pay for a seat to buckle the child’s car seat into. This frees the parents up for meal times and gives baby space. You pay a full child rate applicable to the flight.
     
  9. It’s preferable to travel on long haul flights when children are either in the pre-crawling or walking stages. It’s very difficult to cope with a crawling baby (average) 6-12 months. Traffic in the aisle is busy and a crawling baby on the ground is dangerous.
     
  10. Take on board favourite blanket, comforter or pacifier.
     
  11. Able to pre-book airport assistance when travelling with 2 or more children. Subject to airline/airport rules. Singapore Airlines and British Airways offer assistance with small children.
     
  12. Breaking your journey on long haul flights should be discussed as an option. Eg London Singapore, London Kuala Lumpur or Hong Kong Australia.
     
  13. At your destination ensure car seats available or check your car seat in as checked luggage and use on landing. Confirm pick up vehicle able to fit legally and safely.
     
  14. Portable DVD players are a great form of entertainment while travelling. Available at electrical stores.
     
  15. Ear Plugs. Pain may be experienced due to pressure changes especially during take off and landing. 'Ear plugs' are available from chemists suitable for most children 1 year and older and adults that have a filter that regulates air pressure and cuts down noise.

 

 

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