Holiday Travel Tips For Your Child
With October coming to a close and the winter holidays just around the corner, you may be preparing for a family trip. You also may be preparing your child to fly to visit family alone. With divorce rates and co-parenting situations on the rise, more and more children are taking flights by themselves to go visit family. Although you may prefer to always accompany your child during travel, especially on an airplane, its not always possible. The airlines always take extra precautions and are very safe with children flying alone, but here are some additional safety tips that you can follow to ensure your child has a safe flight alone.
- Have a flight plan and make sure your child is familiar with it. Before you leave to take your child to the airport, go over the flight plan. Make sure your child is aware of any layovers and explain that the flight crew will be there to help out. It may be helpful to some children to see their flight path on a map. Also be sure your child knows who is going to be picking them up at their final destination. If someone is picking your child up who they haven’t seen in awhile, it may be a good idea to send your child with pictures of this person.
- Let your child know that its okay to speak up, ask for help, and ask questions! Crew members will be there to ensure that your child gets on the plane and gets seated safely and correctly. However, crew members do get busy during the flight. Let your child know its perfectly okay to speak up and get the attention of a crew member if they need anything.
- Provide your child with a cell phone. If your child is traveling alone, the best way to ensure his or her safety and comfort is to provide a cell phone. If you don’t want to sign up for a monthly, ongoing service, there are tons of options out there for prepaid service that will not leave you with an ongoing bill. Make sure your child has all necessary numbers stored in the cell phone, and that your child knows how to use the phone. Make sure the phone is fully charged, and that your child has a cell phone charger in their bag.
Letting your child board an airplane for a trip alone can be scary! Taking these precautions can help ease your nerves and ensure that your child travels safely. For more information about child safety, contact Kyle today at (770) 744-5250.