WITH the summer holiday season just around the corner, some Irish parents might already be worried about flying with kids.
With tickets, boarding passes and now Covid-19 checks, there is already a lot to prepare.
But the task gets even more complicated when a baby is added.
Travel can be simplified with seven basic steps, according to one travel expert StressFreeCarRental.com.
The first step is to make sure you go to the bathroom before boarding the plane to avoid having to change a diaper in a cramped on-plane bathroom.
They said: “It’s a good idea to board the plane with freshly changed diapers, so it’s a good idea to go to the airport toilet before going to your gate. These bathrooms are much more spacious and better equipped than those on the plane”.
Step two is to bring twice as many baby supplies as you anticipate. Better too much than two too few.
Bring twice as much formula, bottle, baby food and snacks on the plane as you think you will need. If your plane is severely delayed or canceled, you’ll be thankful.
The third step is to dress your baby comfortably and in layers so you can dress them higher or lower depending on the temperature.
The fourth is to carry your baby in a carrier while walking through the airport to free your hands to carry luggage.
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Step five is packing ziplock bags to eliminate all baby clutter.
The travel expert said: “Babies can be quite messy and it’s not like there’s a lot of space on a plane.
“It pays to have zip-lock bags with you to easily clean up and dispose of any mess your baby might make, rather than waiting for a steward or stewardess to come by to pick up the rubbish.
“It will be easier to manage and your fellow travelers will thank you.”
Step six is to pre-plan transfer and transportation to or from the airports to ensure a smooth flow before and after your flight.
And finally, the seventh step is to relax and “be patient with yourself.”
The spokesman said: “The most important thing to remember is to keep calm and be patient with yourself and your baby. Traveling with a toddler isn’t easy, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed. Just make sure you ask a trusted flight attendant for help if you need to.”
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