Travelling with a Toddler

Travelling with a Toddler

Travelling with a toddler or a baby is less than easy on the best of days, but throw in weather delays, overbookings and inconvenient travel times and you have a recipe for disaster. This is a prime example of when it pays to charter a private jet – you choose who you want to fly with, decide when you want to leave, and arrive at your destination refreshed and relaxed (well… as refreshed and relaxed as you can possibly be with a small child on board).

With Summer Break just around the corner, many parents are looking to escape the cold and head to a sunny destination where the kids can roam free and the adults can soak in the sun. Packing for such a trip can be overwhelming – am I bringing too much or not enough? What will the airline allow me to bring on-board and what will I have to check? Will they damage my belongings? With a private jet, all of those fears and concerns fly out the window – it’s your plane, you bring what you want.

Here is a tried, tested and true packing list (above and beyond the standard clothing that everyone packs) that will take you to your destination with as little baggage as possible while ensuring that all of the bases have been covered.

Keep the Kids Happy

  • Arrange for snacks. Your charter flight coordinator will order catering for you, but be sure to remember to ask for snacks that your child will enjoy. Offer them special treats that they might not have on an ordinary day to make the trip even more special for them.
  • Load up the iPad or tablet with new apps, games, puzzles and movies that will keep the child engaged (and quiet). Invest properly in a good case so that you do not need to worry about the child breaking the device and simply sit back and enjoy the peace.
  • Pack your child’s security item (or lovey) in your carry-on luggage so that you have quick access to it at all times. Nothing soothes a tired or frightened child quite like their favourite bunny or blanket.
  • Purchase new toys, wrap them up and hand a new one out every 30 to 45 minutes. This will keep the child entertained and excited, and they act as a wonderful reward for good behavior.
  • Dress the child in comfortable clothing for the flight so that they can feel free to move about the cabin and not feel constricted in clothing that is too itchy, too tight or too big.

Documents, Dollars & Details

  • Up-to-date passports for all travellers (many countries have regulations that require the passport to be valid for X amount of months prior to travel, so be sure to check all expiration dates so that there are no unpleasant surprises at Customs)
  • Birth certificates for all travellers (this probably isn’t 100% necessary, but it’s good to have it just in case)
  • Photo identification (driver’s license, health card, age of majority card, etc)
  • If you are travelling without your child’s parent, a letter of consent (notarized) allowing you to travel with your under-aged child across a border is necessary. There are templates and draft letters online that you can easily copy and take to someone who is legally authorized to sign one.
  • Health & travel insurance documents (phone numbers, plan numbers, emergency contact numbers, etc)
  • Flight and trip itinerary (Pilot’s name and phone number, aircraft tail number, hotel name and phone number, departure and arrival times, etc)
  • List of emergency contacts
  • Ground transportation arrangement documents
  • Photocopies of all documents listed above (ideally packed in everyone’s carry-on, just to be safe)
  • Credit cards/debit cards/travellers cheques
  • Call your credit card providers at least 24 hours before departure to inform them of your upcoming trip. If you need to access your credit card, you do not want it frozen on the suspicion of ill intent.

Medication & Health Care Products

Note: Be sure to label all prescription medication clearly, and ensure that nothing has expired.

  • Children’s pain relief (Advil/Tylenol/Gravol)
  • Medicated eye drops
  • Adult pain relief
  • Allergy medication
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Topical anti-itch ointment
  • Prescription medication
  • Vitamins
  • Bandages
  • Thermometer
  • Miniature First-Aid Kit
  • Anti-nausea medication

Other Important Things

  • Lightweight travel stroller
  • Car seat (for limo transfers between FBO and hotel)
  • Phone & charger
  • Camera & charger
  • iPad/tablet/portable DVD player & charger
  • Portable DVD Player
  • Sound/sleep machine
  • Crib sheets
  • Pack n Play/sheets

Above and beyond the must-pack items on this list, when you charter a private jet with Skyservice your dedicated flight coordinator will ensure that all of your favourite foods and kids’ snacks are onboard, ready and waiting for you. Nobody wants a hungry traveller! Your flight coordinator will also help you arrange for ground transportation once you arrive at your destination, and we can also help you order any baby supplies that are perhaps too large to travel with. We will work with you to ensure that every aspect of your vacation is planned to perfection.

For more information on how you can charter a private jet with Skyservice for your upcoming vacation with your family, please contact us at 1.866.759.4132 or send an email to chartersales@skyservice.com.

On behalf of all of us at Skyservice, safe travels!

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