Parenting, Travel

Top tips to soothe your anxiety when flying with children

This post was done in collaboration with Travelstart

For the longest time, Rushdi has been begging us to go on a plane. He loves all things to do with transportation so every time we go to the airport it’s with much excitement but we also leave with much sadness when he realises we’re not getting on a plane. But we’ve still not taken the plunge because, to be honest, the thought of flying with my children sends chills down my spine. But with Travelstart having some great deals on return flights to Cape Town, maybe it’s time that we bite the bullet (what does that even mean?). We’ve been promising The Joburgers for a while now.

And to be honest now that he is 4 years old, I think he is ready to get caught up in the excitement of being on a plane without annoying everyone board. I’d love to whisk them off to see the world or even just explore our beautiful South Africa.

But I have such anxiety when I think of flying with Daariya because she’s not yet at an age where she can understand when we explain things to her. So these tips from Travelstart are really handy for me and I’m sure many of you will find them useful too if you’re flying with your little ones for the first time:


There’s a lot of great information here. The tips for keeping my baby comfortable and entertained are especially useful to easing my nerves.

In a blog post on the Travelstart website there is also a lot of useful information including:

  • Domestic and international requirements and documents needed to travel with your children.
  • Screening procedures for children
  • What the rules are for kids travelling with both their parents, one of their parents (married, divorced or widowed), legal guardians or non-parents.
  • What to do if your child has disabilities
  • And how to prepare your children for a flight

I love this video as well because it has such great tips from parents who have flown with their kids before:

Guys, Travelstart also has some great specials with cheap flights from Johannesburg to Cape Town, so if you’re like me and are anxious about flying with your kids, this two hour trip is the perfect first flight to test them on. Your kids will surprise you.

1 Comment

  1. VersatileLyle

    January 31, 2018 at 11:34 am

    My boys are yet to fly as well and I made the silly mistake of promising them a trip to LegoLand Germany, well i guess i at least have 2 years to prep them for their plane ride. Thanks for the lovely post.

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