Nothing takes the edge off a holiday like a child with jet lag. Go long haul and you have to expect a few early mornings/late nights, but to avoid playing Lego at midnight and making meals in the small hours, follow these simple rules:
- Don’t skip naps on the travel day hoping that they will be tired for the flight – it will backfire.
- If you are lucky enough to have a child who will actually sleep amidst all the excitement of a flight – let them. Any rest they can get is good, irrespective of time zones.
- On arrival, put them to bed at the correct time in your destination, regardless of when you land.
- If they need a nap on arrival, try and wake them at least four hours before bedtime.
- Switch mealtimes to the new time zone as soon as you board the plane – snack to keep them going.
- Get outside as soon as possible. Sunshine, even just daylight is the quickest way to adjust the body clock.
- Keep them hydrated – dehydration intensifies jet lag (in all of us).
Have you flown long haul with children? Tell us what worked for you.