Make holiday travel with kids a breeze

If you have children, no doubt you relish spending time with them over the holidays. Brand communications manager for Luane Lavery offers the following advice for enjoying air travel with youngsters:

Get through security easily

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If you’re travelling internationally, familiarise yourself with any requirements around documentation around birth-certificates and visa requirements, with the Department of Home Affairs site as a starting-point. Airlines have no control over visa requirements, so it’s important to clarify all your needs before you arrive at the airport.

Get automated

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Use online check-in and use facilities to decrease your time in queues. If your kids have toys, weed out any weapons when packing: however harmless and cartoonish they look, that rubber Pirates of the Caribbean sword is likely to be confiscated by airport security.

Take advantage

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Familiarise yourself with the concessions offered to families, like being allowed to take strollers to the door of the aircraft when you’re boarding, and being able to wait until other passengers have disembarked before you do with your family.

Handle the pressure

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Most adults know how to swallow and equalise pressure in their inner ears when the aircraft they’re in ascends and descends, but children can find it very uncomfortable. Age-appropriate food like biltong or dried fruit helps stimulate the child’s swallowing reflex and equalise pressure in their ears.

Devices aren’t a vice

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Many parents are conscious that kids risk spending more time on their mobile devices than is good for them. But air-travel is a pretty good excuse for allowing them to indulge in their latest favourite game or app is, as it’s a good occupier of time. Headphones help too, as well as power-banks to ensure the devices don’t run flat.

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