Travelling with Twins on a Plane by Jennifer Singer

Top 10 Tips on Travelling with Twins (or more!) on a Plane – by Jen Singer

  1. Don’t hesitate to ask. ‘If you are travelling with lap infants, call the airline right after booking and ask to get bassinet seats. Nearer the travel time, ask if there are any empty seats so that you get the row to yourself, which is very handy with two babies. If they say no, ask again when you check in as sometimes people cancel.’
  2. Passport control. ‘Don’t underestimate how much time it will take to arrange your passports. The most time is spent getting your little ones to take a photo that meets the stringent requirements. Even more complicated if your they have multiple nationalities as the requirements tend to vary from country to country.’
  3. Pre-order. ‘Pre-order using Click and Collect’ at Boots in the airport so you don’t have to schlep formula and baby food through security. Plus you will get all the right Ella’s, extra nappies (essential for unexpected waits, and the unexpected) and sachets of Calpol. The big plus is that there will be more space in your luggage!’
  4. Dress for the occasion. ‘Play up the M (multiples) factor. This was one of the only times we dressed our twins in the same clothes. Everyone seems to have a soft spot for twins and if you let them loose they will be easier to find down the aisle.’ And don’t forget your carrier (for toddlers too): ‘We’ve had to run through more than one airport in the middle of the night to make a connection, and we never could have done it without the carriers!’
  5. Prepare to lose. ‘Don’t bother taking your pricey double buggy. Get a cheap double Maclaren that’s quick and easy to fold and that you don’t mind getting lost or banged up (especially if you’re taking a smaller local airline in another country where things tend to be less…organised).’ Also bring a permanent marker and sticker tags with you: ‘label everything.’
  6. Smile like it’s your wedding day. ‘Smile a ton at other passengers. It is a lot harder for them to be rude to you if your babies are crying and being loud if you have a big smile on your face. And if you set everyone’s expectations very low at the beginning of the flight, you’re guaranteed to have them compliment you on how well your kids did when you land.’
  7. It’s the small things… ‘Mentally break up long flights into segments. It seems more manageable to think about getting through meal service rather than a whole flight. Bring zip-lock bags of Cheerios, goldfish, whatever…. as long as it will take a long time to eat. Each time you open one up your children will get excited. Straws are also great for avoiding spills AND they double as a toy: a game of pick up the straws, anyone?! ‘
  8. Embrace technology. ‘DVDs, IPads, seven hours of Tetris…Whatever it takes to get through the flight. Rules come back once you land.’
  9. Under pressure. ‘As soon as the pilot signals that the plan is descending get your little ones sucking (boobs, bottles, whatever!). For toddlers and older ones lollipops work wonders.’
  10. Zzzzz…‘Try to book a night flight that leaves right around bedtime, and bring all of the usual bedtime things like pyjamas, dummies, etc to make it as cosy as possible. Sleeping twins are better than awake twins on a long haul flight!’

With thanks to: Erica Breychak, Jon Exley, Alyssa Hammons, Jaime Wender and Colleen Yates