First of 4 parts
For years of being an expat then later on as a digital nomad, I have developed a keen preference for airlines and their staff. Specifically ground stewards and flight attendants. There is a lot you can learn from them, gained from long work experience and from the different people they have encountered. I have had long interesting conversations with this awesome people, and as a parent-traveler I have learned a lot from them. In this case let me narrow it down to travelling with kids or infants. Perhaps a single article won’t be enough to share their value able experiences so I will try my best to share with you as many as possible.
- Choose a very early flight schedule
Why so early? Because it’s the best schedule to avoid delays at takeoff and landing. Similar to red eye schedules, if the thought of riding the red eye is less appealing. These flights are usually less crowded and everyone is practically sleepy and just wants to take nap -- kids especially.
- Be practical. Do layers.
If you are flying across the pacific or atlantic you need to be ready for drastically changing temperatures. Flight attendants suggests you dress your kids in comfortable layers -- preferably without buttons, Velcro or zippers. Practically anything that could prevent them from getting to the bathroom in time. Same thing applies to shoes: Skip the laces and opt for slip-ons. If you think about it, wearing these type of clothes will also help you through security and immigration faster.
- To Gate Check or Not to Gate Check
Strollers and car seats. To gate check or to bring it aboard. What to do? I always make sure that my kid’s stroller and car seat are gate checked. You’ve heard the stories, about strollers and car seats checked in along with your baggage. If it’s not damaged, it gets misplaced by the baggage handlers and your car seat gets delayed by a day or two. It is not worth the hassle! So better get a car seat travel bag. Check out AMT PRO and get this awesome car seat travel bag ONLY $29.77! TOTAL CONVENIENCE for a gate check car seat bag FOR LESS THAN $30.
We will be sharing more tips and hacks on our next article so stay tuned there is more to come!