Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with Iris and Sam Tarragona Corfu by plane this holiday and drove some distances by car on the island itself and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you.
Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise toys. Do remember that balls are not a good idea as they can end up anywhere! Our best buys were definitely books, especially sticker books are great! They can peel the stickers off, are glossy, have thick pages to turn easy, have bright colours and come in endless subjects. They're a nice break from the other books your child might be tired of, too. Put aside fears of setting poor eating habits, and bring on the snacks! We told Iris: “Welcome to the world of boredom eating."
If your child is big ask for earplugs as soon as you board the aircraft. Make use of them for take-off then save them for landing as the crew may not have any fresh ones left by then. Also let them eat candies, this helps the kids tremendously if they don't know how to pop their ears.
Toy bars meant for stroller use are a big help in the car, as they often feature toys plus a snack cup, and are big and easy for you to grab from the front seat for refills. During the car trip it’s always a good idea to play a game and sing some songs. It sounds rather easy, but it does work!
We only have one last statement! Just do it! Don’t be afraid that it might go wrong. We have learned this, because we have been travelling with Iris from the beginning. She was only 6 weeks young when we had our first short vacation and stayed in a hotel. Iris has been used to it rather fast and (maybe because of it) has always been an easy kid to get along with.
Travelling around Beziers and to our accomodation in Cazouls-Les-Beziers proved somewhat nightmarish on my trip. Relying solely on bus transport we were forced to work the length and breadth of the city centre (through parks, side streeets underpasses!) to get to the bus stop, only to find that you can not buy bus tickets ON the bus, only at newsagents.
Such newsagents are 'conveniently' found a considerable distance from the bus stops (a.k.a basically a bus ride away).
Another warning, travelling around 3-4 ish will see you on buses full of school children, basically school coaches really. Our trip included a rather irate French teacher yelling at the children to be quiet, not make mess or he would kill someone! The kids were also not that friendly or accomodating to us!
Just be prepared!