Ways you Stress Free Trip when Vacations With Children
You’re anticipating that hotly anticipated family get-away and numbering as the days progressed. All of a sudden, tension assumes control and you start fantasizing about the apparently unlimited hours holding up in line at the air terminal thinking about whether you’ll endure TSA effortlessly, or how you’ll keep your youngsters entertained for a considerable length of time at the air terminal and afterward on the plane. Gracious, and what about schlepping the auto seat, stroller, diaper sack and gear around with children close by? Yowser! All things considered, before you get the telephone and wipe out your reservations read our 10 Vacation Tips for A (just about) Stress Free Flight When Flying with Young Children.
1. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) strongly recommends bringing an approved child restraint system (CRS), i.e. government approved hard-backed child safety seat. This is the safest place for your little one during turbulence or an emergency. If your child is between 22 and 44 pounds the FAA has also approved CARES, Child Aviation Restraint System, a harness-type restraint. Make sure your CRS is government approved and has “This restraint is certified for use in motor vehicles and aircraft” printed on it. Otherwise, you may be asked to check the CRS as baggage.
Special Note: The FAA has banned the use on board aircraft of certain types of CRS that may be harmful to a child in the event of an aviation emergency. These include backless booster seats, safety belt extensions (commonly referred to as “belly belts”), and vest or harness devices that attach to an adult.
2. Ask the airline for a discounted fare. You will have to pay for a ticket for your child to use the CRS and often a discounted fare may be available. SouthWest uses the term “Infant fares.” You will need to show proof of age (i.e. birth certificate etc).
3. Airlines do allow children (usually 24 months and under) to fly free of charge when NOT occupying a seat AND traveling with an adult. However, the National Transportation Safety Board strongly suggests that all children fly using an approved safety seat or harness for their safety. Contact the airline for details regarding their policy.
4. International flights may offer the use of on-board bassinets that can be reserved for use free of charge. Contact the airline for information regarding their policy.
5. Ask the airline for help if you’ll be traveling alone with your child. Carrying a child seat, diaper bag and luggage through a busy airport with a small child can be challenging and stressful so, ask for help if you need it.
6. If you are flying internationally allow plenty of time to gather the required documents you will need for travel, i.e. birth certificates and passports. It can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks to receive your passport after you’ve applied.