Seatbelts on, trays up. It’s time for little birds to earn their flying wings. If your little Top Gun is about to have an epic onboard adventure, you’ll want to make sure you’re armed with the latest and greatest onboard travel accessories.
Virgin Australia is the nation’s only major airline to welcome a new suite of sanity-saving travel accessories onboard, as long as you follow a few simple rules. On Virgin Australia flights, kids’ sleep devices can be used when sitting at a window seat, or middle seat of the centre block. Little ones also need to be secure, with their head to the back of their own seat.
We’ve hunted down five of the latest travel accessories to make flying with kids a whole lot easier.
Inflatable sleeping device
The simple to use Plane Pal (from $69.95) is an inflatable leg rest that extends the seat space, creating a bit of bed so little ones can catch a few winks without sleeping all over you. You’ll just need to make sure you reserve a seat for you and your tot that’s not obstructing anyone else once it’s inflated.
In-flight bassinet cover
Most airlines now have bassinets available on all international long-haul flights, and some domestic flights. They are an absolute godsend, so make sure you request one when you book your flight. The bassinets in themselves are brilliant, but add a CoziGo (formerly Fly Babee) and things get even more awesome.
The CoziGo ($99.95) fits over most airline bassinet, blocking light and movement, so the odds of getting bub to take a kip up in the air are pretty good. And when you arrive at your destination they double as a pram cover too.
Is it a suitcase? Is it a nappy bag? Is it a highchair? It’s all three! The clever Valeto ($399) is carry-on luggage size and stores all the baby and kid things you need on the plane. And once you land, it magically transforms into a highchair. So. Smart.
Wheelie good bed
Part ride-on suitcase, part fold out bed the JetBox (US$199) is all sorts of amazing. The beauty of the JetBox is that it plays a part in keeping your kiddo happy from airport to touchdown. They can ride it (or be pulled by mum or dad) while waiting to board at the airport. Then it unfolds in the plane to become a bed – and it also stores their favourite toys ready for in-flight play.
Downtime on a plane is crucial to helping little ones cope with being up in the air for a long time. Packing a smart device is, well … smart. And it’s even better when you hook up their device with in-flight entertainment. You’ll find most airlines will have their own app that provides plenty of entertainment for little ones.
Virgin Australia’s app lets kids watch movies, shows and play games while flying. Just add the content the kids will love to the playlist so it’s ready before you fly. Throw in a pair of noise-cancelling headphones for kids ($199) or a set of headphones that are volume limited ($29.95) and you’re good to go.
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