It’s the Easter holidays, finally (Hurrah!). Some of you may have booked to go away during the school break. Others may be planning a trip in the summer. Whenever or wherever you may be travelling this year, there is always the one thing we are praying for- “please let the kids behave”. We all want a relaxing break, and unfortunately, if the kids are playing up, it can certainly be less than relaxing.
British Airways and Heathrow have released their top trips for travelling with little ones, and we have summarised them below. As experienced travellers who fly thousands of people all over the world every day, you can be sure they are speaking from experience.
When parking at the airport, you can use one of the wider family bays at no extra charge. This gives you more space, so you don’t have to worry about your car doors being opened on someone else’s! These bays are also closer to the terminal entrance.
Carry all travel documents such as passports and boarding passes in an easy-to-reach place. Photocopy everything before you come, and keep this in a separate space- This eliminates panic when a cup of juice gets thrown all over the table!
You can bring baby milk with you, although with all of today’s strict regulations , you may find it easier to reserve formula to collect at Boots once you are through security. Remember to bring a sterilised bottle with you!
If you haven’t already got one, invest in a small, folding pushchair. Most airlines let you take this with you to the gate, where staff will then take it from you and stash it in the hold. This saves you carrying your little one through the airport before boarding.
Although most airlines will carry baby food on long haul flights, to be safe, bring whatever your baby is used to, with you, in an safe and sealed container.
Try to book a flight that coincides with you child’s nap time- if baby is sleeping, mummy and daddy can relax.\
Airside Andy have been doing their part in helping make the airport journey a little easier for parents. You may have seen our ‘Play pods’ pop up in airports- we currently have them located in Aspire Swissport Lounges at Newcastle and Manchester airports. These are designed to look like baggage carousels, and come with two iPads each. Each of these iPads is loaded with 21 games, including the Airside Andy game itself! If you do have access to these lounges, you can therefore go in without worrying if your kids are going to disturb the business passengers; the Airside Andy playpod should keep them busy whilst you supervise them and enjoy a cup of coffee (Bliss!).
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