Common sense implies that if you can travel with kids in any other way than flying you should do it. Nevertheless, this is often not possible. It’s certainly not unmanageable though; people have been doing it for decades, which is how they know there is a right and wrong way of flying with small children.
Parents who have had the pleasure of taking the little ones on vacation to exotic places already know that the adorable small humans can wreak havoc upon enclosed areas in no time. The most vulnerable age is when they can walk but can’t sit down for more than five minutes.
Even if you forget about all the stares and disapproving nods you’ll get from people, you can’t ignore the fact that you have to be prepared for a disaster because one is very likely. Meltdowns over toys, naps, food, safety gear, entertainment options…any one of these very few issues can go wrong in a second.
You have to stay calm no matter what happens. This challenging task can be prevented with proper preparation. This often means advanced planning in terms of clothes, car seats, strollers, toys, and even activities during flights and layovers.
You can safely assume that there is nothing glamorous about traveling with toddlers. All you can do is try to minimize the damage.