Luggage tips to flight travel with kids/infants


Handling kids and luggage during flight travel is difficult. Check in process and security check up makes this more difficult. In this article, I suggested the travel things that need to be carried and flight facilities that could be acquired to ease your journey.

Kids during travel need to be accompanied by two adults. That could be convenient for both adults and kids. So that one can take care of check in process, and clearance documents etc, whereas the other one can take care of kid and luggage. But this scenario is not favorable to everyone. There are times you need to travel with your kid but no additional support.

The tips what I provide now are general to any travel but they are most useful and must be followed when you travel with kids.

Lesser luggage:


Airlines provide maximum count and quantity luggage guidelines per traveler.
Generally, 2 check-in bags and 1 cabin baggage per seat is allowed.
If you prefer baby on lap, then 1 check-in bag and 1 cabin bag for the kid is allowed.
In addition to it, you can carry a handbag/back bag with a very minimal weight. Preferably use it for valuables, passports, and tickets only.
Though they provide maximum quantity, carry only what you want.

Check in your cabin baggage:


These days, you are allowed to check-in your cabin baggage. So, if you have two cabin bags, keep the necessary in 1, and check in the other one.

Diaper Bag:


If you wish to carry two cabin bags, let your one cabin bag be your diaper bag.
Why is diaper bag convenient? It has many divisions and can keep things well organized. It has separate place diaper, wipes, diaper changing station, feeding bottle and a large space for change clothes and other stuff.
So, u can get anything that you want in seconds without digging deep inside the bags.
Choosing a diaper bag with all these facilities is a must to avail the comfortableness.

Stroller:


The stroller is a free check in any major airlines. So don't forget to carry your stroller. You can either check it in with your luggage or just get the label printed and check it before you get into the flight. The second way is better so that you can have comfortably carry your kid for some more distance.
Sometimes, some airlines may ask you to check in strollers with luggage, they may also take off the air from wheels for safety reasons.

Kids will be separated from the stroller during security check up and stroller will also be checked separately.

Baby Carrier:


A baby carrier will be helpful to carry babies and handle luggage. But you need to remove it during security check up. This will also be helpful inside the flight that you can sleep with your kid securely.

Food items and medicines:


Food for infants: Formula milk and formula food.
Don't take the big box of it. Carry only required quantity in a small disposable box or transparent zip cover. Bowl and spoon to mix it, a flask of hot water, 2 feeding bottles. (3 bottles or a bottle cleaner, if the travel is for longer time). Wet wipes, dry wipes, bib and water sipper. Feed the kid before your meal arrives at the seat

Medicines:

Irrespective of your baby health during the time of travel, carry paracetamol with you. And any other medicine that baby generally consumes. Gripe water, if you already had the habit of giving it to your kids, then you can carry it too. Headache relief and digestion relief medicine to adults. Cotton- place it in kid's ear during taking off and landing. The important thing is that all medicines should be placed in a transparent zipped cover and Doctor prescription should be present.


Baby Bassinet:

You can avail baby bassinet in flight while booking ticket. This helps you to have some stretch out when your kid sleeps comfortably in it.

General:

Engage the kids with coloring kit or any other toys. Don't sleep when your kid is awake. Always keep a hold of your kid to you. Carry less and keep things organized. Don't take valuables out, even phone if not required. Take your kid to the restroom too with you, it is not that people around you are dangerous, it is just for safety reasons and in no way we can expect others to trust us. They have their own safety measures.

Wish you all happy and safe journey.


Comments

Author: K Mohan30 May 2017 Member Level: Platinum   Points : 1

The author gave much details about how to cope up with all the necessities in a bag that must be with the parent while undertaking journey with the kids on a long flight journey. The small children would be restless and they cannot sit in their seat tied down for long time. They must be habituated with such a toy or gadget that must keep them busy at least for few minutes while the flight is air borne. Moreover some children would feel the nausea when the flight moves in height and it is better they are kept in the lap of the mother to feel safe and secure. They must be asked to chew lozenges to prevent any vomiting inside the flight.

Author: Srimathi01 Jun 2017 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

Valuable inputs he added. Thank you Mr. Mohan. Infants can be fed at the time of landing and take off to get rid of nausea and ear- block due to change in pressure.

Author: umesh02 Jun 2017 Member Level: Gold   Points : 2

This is a very helpful article for people travelling with kids.

One thing I will like to add is when you are with a kid you must be patient in coming out of the plane. After landing, people are in a hurry and take their hand baggage with them and crowd the walking gallery. At such times, wait patiently and move out of your seat once the crowd is over. It will help you in managing the kids while taking your handbags and the kids with you out of the plane.



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