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As we draw closer to the end of the year, the month of October delivers the promise of Autumn along with the excitement of upcoming festivities. But for families travelling outside of the UK, this month has brought with it some uncertainty and the potential for unexpected traffic jams or flight delays.
Whether it’s for some winter sun or a well-deserved break, we want to make your travel arrangements as easy as possible. We’ve compiled a list of our top tips for you and the family:
This may seem a little obvious, but if you can (depending on where you’re
headed), fly from the closest airport to you. This will help to cut down the
travel time and make traffic less likely. Better yet, opt for smaller airports
so you’ll have the bonus of fewer queues.
We recommend aiming to book a flight that lands in the middle of the day
between 10am and 4pm. There are fewer flights between these times, resulting in
fewer people and queues to wait in. On the flip side, if you’re flying long
haul, a nighttime flight ensures the little ones are sleepy!
Not only should you double-check your passports are valid and up to date, you can also upgrade to a biometric passport to get through the border, which all helps to reduce your wait time.
For a quicker way to the departure gate and some more time to relax or enjoy duty-free shopping, spending a bit extra on Fast-track security services could make all the difference for your family at the airport to ensure a smooth journey.
There are endless ways to make the journey that little bit more comfortable for you and your family. Always wear comfy clothing, bring neck pillows (make sure these have handy clips to attach to your luggage), snacks and water.
Keep your children occupied with lots of things to do, for example, magazines with free toys (so if they end up broken or lost, it’s not the end of the world). Download all of their favourite games onto any devices, plus throw in headphones and a portable charger for backup.
Lots of treats are key, such as stickers, goodie bags, colouring books and yummy snacks – but stick to savoury or low sugar! Snacks that require little fuss and create minimal mess are ideal. Dried fruits, nuts, pretzels, grapes and cereal bars are a few great examples to get you started.
Once your child is too big for a bassinet, make sure you have a seat
booked for them. And, if needed, take a car seat on board that’s approved by
your airline to strap them into their seat.
In the event you lose any important travel documents, you could be
waiting a while to get a replacement. Ensure that you have printed and digital
copies of your passports, travel insurance, boarding passes and any booking
information for your accommodation.
We all know how horrible ear pain can be when you’re flying, but luckily we have a few tricks up our sleeve. Sweets that are chewy or hard are a good place to start to help equalize the air pressure in your child’s ears. Swallowing also helps to open the Eustachian tubes, so sips of water are encouraged. If your child’s ears get blocked, getting them to hold their nose and blow will help – you can also turn this into a fun game of pulling silly faces to take their mind off things.
The only thing worse than a dead battery is the temper tantrum that follows when your little one realises they can’t play their favourite game. To help the whole family make it through your flight smoothly we’re giving away Charmast 20,800mAh power bank!
To enter, all you need to do is head to our Facebook post, like our page & the post, plus comment with us your favourite holiday memory.
The unexpected can happen no matter how prepared you are – that’s how it earned its name! For that extra peace of mind, take a look at our Platinum policies to safeguard your holiday from any unexpected circumstances beyond your control: http://bit.ly/Platinum_CoverPlease note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.
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