Travelling can be stressful enough, but when you have dependants such as children or pets with you, it can seem like a daunting task to get everything done in time. As well as purchasing the children’s passports, you need to make sure that all of your paperwork is up to date, your pet insurance covers your holiday, and that everybody is packed and prepared.
To ease some of the stress, we’ve put together some tips on how to make sure everybody in comfortable during your flight. This way you won’t be fretting about the children and the pets the whole time, and can actually lie back and feel that you’re going on holiday!
Kids can be difficult at the best of times, and you might find that even those who were excited about flying get some last-minute butterflies once you get on the plane. There are plenty of things you can do to take their mind off their nerves though, just make sure you carry on enough things to make them comfortable. A favourite cushion or blanket is a good way for them to hold onto something familiar, and it’s worth packing snacks and other food for the journey, as you know best what they’re likely to eat and when. If you can, make sure you also pack some activities, such as colouring books, headphones and even video games, to stop them getting bored and potentially upsetting other passengers.
It’s far more difficult to keep an eye on pets during a flight, as the vast majority of airlines will not let them in the cabin, and instead insist they remain in the cargo hold. However, you can prepare your pet for the journey weeks in advance by completing a few simple steps. To make them more comfortable in their crate, get them used to being in there – having them sleep in there is a great way to make them associate it with being comfortable and relaxed. You’ll also want to teach them to drink water from a bottle that can be filled from the outside, as this will make it easier on them in case of delays. Finally, when it comes to putting them in the crate ready for the journey, give them some toys to occupy them – things they enjoy chewing or playing with – but avoid bones, as you don’t want them eating while flying. You could also put a t-shirt of your own in the cage, as this is a great way of comforting animals with separation anxieties.