Travelling with your toddler, letting her see as much of the world around her as possible from a very young age is a fantastic thing to do. It will help to ensure that she grows up a happy, open-minded individual with a great interest in the world around her – exactly the kind of young person we need – but it is not without its drawbacks, namely those draining long-haul flights.
Even the best-behaved toddlers; those toddlers who are used to travelling, don’t always enjoy flying and they can get pretty fussy at times, to say the least. The good news is, if you’re prepared, you can make those long-haul flights go as smoothly as they’re ever going to go with your toddler in tow….
Book a Night Flight
If you can possibly do so, booking a night flight is ideal when you’re travelling with a toddler long-haul because they will spend a good part of the journey blissfully sleeping.
Book a Comfy Suite
How will this help you get through a long-haul flight with your toddler? Because if you book a very comfortable suite, like the ones at the Residence Inn Sandestin at Grand Boulevard, you will have something to look forward to, so even if things don’t exactly go as smoothly as they could, you will have thoughts of that big comfy bed and all of that space to keep you going. It might sound a little silly, but it can make the world of difference.
Plan Some Surprises
You might think that surprises are the last thing you need when you’re flying long-haul with your little one, and in all honesty, they probably are, but your toddler, well she’s different. One of the main things that cause toddlers to melt down on long flights is boredom. They get bored, and they get fussy, and that’s when you have a problem. A very easy way of avoiding this is by planning lots of little surprises in the forms of toys and crayons or whatever your child is into. Pack them in your hand luggage and bring one out every 30-60 minutes to keep your child happy and tantrum free.
If you want to ward off crying spells and toddler tantrums, food is pretty important, Pack lots of healthy snacks, like raisins, apple slices and oat cakes that you can give your toddler to chew when she starts to get fussy, and there is a good chance that she will be content once moe. Just don’t take anything that has sugar in which could cause a sugar rush or anything that’s runny or sticky unless you want to deal with the mess.
Bringing along your child’s favorite books and spending some time reading them to her will give her something comforting to focus on and help to keep her relatively quiet when it looks like she is going to start running around or getting upset.
Have you ever travelled long-haul with a toddler? How did you keep them happy during the journey?