Flying with Grandchildren – a few airport tips

Heathrow Terminal 4Having grandchildren living abroad we spend a lot of time with them at airports either dropping them off, picking them up or flying with them. Don’t forget to have a sign to hold up if you are meeting them – the children love that.

These are a few things that we have found useful.

  1. Check out  the airport website before you go so you know where to find baby changing and if there are any soft play areas.
    The information for UK airports can be hidden away so try a search using the term family facilities.
    http://blog.kidstravel2.com/2011/06/just-how-family-friendly-are-uk-airports/ has some information for UK airports (written in 2011).
  2. Look for parent and child designated parking spaces in the airport car parks.
  3. Have empty bottles/drinking containers to take through security. Once you are airside you can use a water fountain or buy a large bottle of water and refill the containers
  4. Pre order formula for babies to be picked up after security from the airside pharmacy. In UK airports you can phone the airport branch of  ‘Boots The Chemist’ directly and order what you will need. Store locator
  5. Allow yourself plenty of time at the airport.  Moving from A to B with kids is not easy or quick. If you have a buggy/stroller you may be able to use it in the terminal and check it in at the gate before you fly. Some airports such as Charles De Gaulle in Paris provide baby pushchairs in some of the terminals.

Our daughter often flies long haul to Hong Kong with our granddaughters. She has some useful tips for travelling alone with children and has some printable packing lists that you may find useful.

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