Singapore Airlines ticks so many boxes when it comes to choosing the right airline for family holidays. Here are some tips and recommendations to make it all easy.
There are so many decisions when booking your flights – where are you going, how old are the kids, how long is the flight, what’s the cost...
But if you make them as comfortable and easy as possible, your stress will be minimised and you won't have any regrets.
FLYING WHILE PREGNANT
Whatever your holiday plans, when you’re pregnant, there are a few extra things to consider when you’re on a plane.
- Stay active to promote circulation.
- Rotate and flex ankles to promote leg vein circulation.
- Elevate your feet to assist circulation.
- Avoid high-salt foods that can cause constipation, which puts pressure on the venous system.
- Wear compression stockings, for venous circulation.
- Take vitamin C and E (talk to your LMC first) to promote better circulation.
- Stay hydrated to help prevent blood clots.
- Avoid caffeine as it is a dehydrating substance.
- How far along are you? Check with your insurance and airline policies. On Singapore Airlines you must be 28 weeks or less to fly; up to 36 weeks (32 for a multiple pregnancy) you will need a medical certificate.
- Does your LMC think it’s okay for you to travel? Ensure there are no concerns
Babies can be hard to manage, because you're dealing with baby food, nappies and, sometimes, enthusiastic new little walkers. You are often sharing your seat with baby, so there’s a bit more manoeuvering involved. Here are a few tips:
- Breastfeed (or bottle feed) on takeoff and landing to stop infants shrieking out with sudden ear pain.
- Settle babies into the bassinet as soon as you can (provided on Singapore Airlines), so you get to relax in your seat. Book ahead to make sure secure one of the bassinets (requested in "select seats" section online).
- Singapore Airlines can help with wipes, nappies, bibs, and feeding bottles (in limited quantity). You can’t take "every potential requirement" on the plane (it just gets too much to carry), so write a list of what is essential to your and your baby's peace and comfort, and prioritise.
- Arm them with their own backpack with earphones, extra layers, cards, dark glasses, and special cuddlies.
- Treat your kids to a neck rest, and tie it to their backpack. So good for sleeping on the plane, on beaches, in airports and while travelling in cars.
- Check out some new and exciting apps for the kids
- Check out what facilities are available at the airport. At Changi in Singapore, you can go to the movies, and the kids can ride on a giant slide down several stories, visit the butterfly park, or go swimming. You’ll almost wish for a delay.
- Check in on your computer or mobile phone two days to two hours before your flight. You can even download your boarding pass to your phone from some cities. Download the Singapore Airlines app.
- If you’re at Changi Airport, it’s well worth heading into the Ambassador Transit Lounge (pay direct or book through a Singapore Stopover Holiday Package). It is such a luxury to relax and get out of the hustle and bustle of the Airport. Lounges are actually perfect for families – younger kids have space and are safe, there are bathroom and shower facilities, you can eat to your heart’s desire, have a great coffee, and older kids can charge devices and use wifi. If it’s in the budget, it’s worth every penny.
- Flying to Singapore? In 2016, Singapore Airlines offers two daily flights out of Auckland (one flight operated by alliance partner Air New Zealand), a daily flight from Christchurch, and four flights a week from Wellington from 21st September 2016.
- Enquire about the Singapore Stopover Holiday packages for great deals on hotels starting from just NZ$51. Check out their Singapore Explorer Pass and Boarding Pass Privileges for attractions and experiences around Singapore (some are even free!).
What else you’ll truly appreciate
from our family travel writer Maria Honey
FRIENDLY STAFF make you feel 1000% better when your kids are screaming, running down the aisle, or starting sibling wars. You need someone calm, helpful, and supportive (as you try to calm your tribe). Enter the kebaya-clad Singapore Airlines crew, who are amazing!
FOOD ON DEMAND is a saviour. We all know that bored kids are hungry kids and it’s so much more peaceful when they don’t have to wait three hours for the next meal. Thank you, Singapore Airlines, for all of those delicious never-ending snacks our kids munched on continuously during the eight hour flight. The kids’ meals are great too – and they come out first, which is even better.
PERSONAL DEVICES: Seriously, how did parents survive before they were installed in the back of each airline seat? I am normally quite strict about monitoring screen time, but all bets are off on flights. We all look forward to catching up on movies (of our own choices).
e ENTERTAINMENT PACKS that Singapore Airlines have for children are fantastic, so if you forget to pack the pencils and colouring books, don’t panic. It is all sorted!