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|Airport Travel Tips for your Maclaren Baby|
Arrive at your next destination with a smile still firmly planted on your face
Owen Maclaren designed the very first Maclaren buggy after witnessing the difficulty his daughter had navigating the world of modern day 1960’s air travel with her newborn baby. As he observed how exceedingly unpleasant it was for her to manoeuvre her very large, non-foldable pram on a flight from the United States, where she lived, to visit dear old dad in the United Kingdom, he knew he must do something. So, he took to his design studio and began engineering the very first foldable buggy. The rest, as we like to say, is Maclaren history.
These days, a lightweight Maclaren makes any voyage much easier. But, as we all know, getting through airports, even with the most agreeable of children, can still be quite difficult. So, to help our fellow family air travellers get through the airport with ease, we’ve compiled a list of helpful tips to make the trip faster and a bit more fuss-free.
- Schedule your flight around naptimes when your child’s sleep patterns can work in your favour. (If your baby sleeps through the night, a red-eye flight might be a good call.) Whenever possible, opt for a direct flight to reduce the time you spend wheeling through crowded airports.
- Before leaving for the airport, dress your child for travel success. Remove any belts or other accessories that might set off metal detectors, and check your child’s pockets for any possibly forgotten metal toys. As far as footwear is concerned, socks and slide-on/Velcro shoes are the most convenient. Children under the age of 12 don’t have to take their shoes off, but flexibility is always good. Dressing your child in layers allows you to adjust more readily to fluctuating temperatures at the airport, the plane, and your final destination. And, of course, extra nappies and a change of clothes are must-have items!
- Along with a few books you may want to consider bringing your tablet. Books can be bulky, but a virtual library of beautiful children’s books will weigh next to nothing and can be a fun activity for both of you. Many of your children’s favourite television shows can also be played on your tablet.
- Don’t forget snacks. Not only can a few treats take care of grumbling tummies, but they can also distract an impatient child while waiting in queues. Plus, should you get stuck on the tarmac, a familiar Cheerio could be a welcome site for a toddler. Just pack a few favourite goodies in resealable plastic bags for convenient storage.
- Get to the airport early to avoid stress in case the security queue stretches forever. Many airports also have play areas for children near the gates to help them get some energy out.
- You’re a family now, so use the security “family queue” to your advantage. It’s often shorter than the regular queue, and the personnel on the family queue may be better trained to handle children.
- Medically necessary liquids and gels (including baby formula and food, breast milk, medications, and juice) are exempt from the 3.4-ounce/100ml rules and are allowed in reasonable quantities. You don’t need to store them in resealable bags, but be sure to keep them easily accessible. You may be asked to open these items for additional screening, and passengers are supposed to declare them for inspection at the airport checkpoint.
- Keep the basket beneath your stroller empty; storing items there will make it harder to fold your stroller and place it on the X-ray machine.
- You don’t need to check your stroller with your checked luggage; simply “gate check” the stroller as you board the plane. We recommend using a Maclaren Storage Bag at this point, since your stroller may be handled a little more roughly by airline personnel and may also come into contact with dirty surfaces.
- You may want to bring along your own blanket for your child. It will likely be cleaner than anything you find in the overhead bin, as well as a comforting reminder of home for your little one.
- Having your child suck on a bottle or pacifier can help alleviate the ear popping or slight pain children sometimes experience due to the pressure changes associated with take-offs and landings.
- A gallon-size resealable bag can come in very handy during a nappy crisis, especially when it comes to containing the odours.
- If you’re traveling in the U.S, please visit the TSA website for additional information.
- And finally, Maclaren also offers a wide selection of stroller accessories to suit your distinct needs and make traveling with baby an easy (and fun!) experience.