Traveling with kids, whether on a private air charter or on the ground, comes with plenty of challenges. Parents not only have to consider their own needs during a trip, but also plan for additional bathroom trips, potential delays, extra luggage, and snack cravings throughout their travels.
Because of these added complexities, many parents are attracted to the benefits of chartering a private plane. Kids receive the same VIP treatment as other guests, and the personalized aspect can help alleviate or eliminate many of the obstacles that traditional air travel creates.
If you’re planning an airborne adventure with your kids, the following tips can help you in planning and logistics:
1. Prepare Your Kids for the Experience
Private air travel is a strikingly different experience than commercial flights, so prepare your kids for what to expect before, during, and after their flight. For example, you might explain basic airport etiquette and what to do when they arrive at the security checkpoint (take off shoes, etc.).
Upon boarding, you can give your kiddos a tour of the aircraft and let them choose their seats. Talk to them about what it’s like to take off and land to calm their nerves and ensure they have a good view.
You may also want to go over etiquette to follow while on board the aircraft, such as staying buckled in their seats until the captain has deemed it safe to move about the cabin.
2. Plan for Extra Space Needs
If you’re traveling with a baby, take stock of the gear you’ll need to bring on board. Things like cribs, strollers, and car seats can quickly eat up your cargo space, not to mention your typical luggage needs. Work with your jet charter broker to book an aircraft that has plenty of space for all the things you need during your travels, especially for items that you need to access during the flight.
3. Request a Sliding Departure Window
One of the benefits of private air travel that your plane takes off on your schedule, not the other way around. However, if you arrive much later than your scheduled departure, you may not be able to fly at all. Many air charters perform more than one flight each day,, and crew members are only legally able to fly a certain number of hours before mandatory rest.
You can schedule a sliding departure window that guarantees your flight. For example, if your departure window is between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., you can arrive at any point during that window and still be able to fly. This can be a lifesaver for parents who may experience delays when traveling with kids, such as taking an unexpected nursing break or spending 15 minutes looking for lost shoes and coats.
4. Pack Plenty of Snacks
When kids are hungry, most parents hear no end of it until those cravings are satisfied. Parents should pack plenty of their kids’ favorite snacks to keep them full and happy throughout the trip. In addition, you can send us your special snack requests and we can have them stocked on board the aircraft for your arrival, giving you one less thing to worry about.
5. Consider Bathroom Needs
Though most private planes come with enclosed lavatories on board, you may be surprised to learn that not all of them do, nor are operators required to provide one. Kids may find it more difficult to go longer periods without a bathroom break, so work with your jet charter broker to secure an aircraft that comes with a lavatory.
6. Take Advantage of In Flight Entertainment
For toddlers and teenagers alike, on board entertainment can be a lifesaver. Movies, music, video games, and WiFi connectivity can give each person plenty to keep them busy during the flight and allow you to rest in peace and quiet (or join the fun!).
Teenagers particularly enjoy business jets that are suited for executive travel, as they tend to have larger screens and more power outlets on board. These usually come with better connectivity and more entertainment options that can ensure everyone is satisfied during the flight.
7. Have a Back Up Plan
Though most kids love the thought of flying in a private jet, not all of them will enjoy the ride. If this is your child’s first time flying in a private jet, consider that they may become restless if the flight is long, or even ill if there’s turbulence.
Airsick bags are usually provided on board, along with blankets and pillows that can help to make the flight more comfortable. In addition, you may want to bring along medication to soothe nausea or gum to help with popping ears may help them overcome their flight woes and allow them to relax.
Access Jet Group has worked extensively with clients who are flying with children and can help you customize your flight to accommodate everyone in your travel party. Contact us today for pricing and availability, and let our family help your family enjoy your private air charter experience.