Travelling with kids can be an amazing experience, but rarely does a parent get off a plane with small children and proclaim how easy and enjoyable the flight was.
Plane seats don’t even seem to be built for adults, and they’re definitely not built for children, adding some serious travel discomfort for your little one. But a flight attendant on a Facebook forum has improved life for all of us with this $5 hack.
Writing on the Bondi Babies Facebook group, the attendant said she saw a family board a plane with pet beds for their small children.
Before you presume we’re telling your kids to sleep in the aisles, the pet beds are actually to create a softer seat experience. You simply pop them down under your tot before they sit.
Image: KmartThe pet bed will cover up all the uncomfortable lumps and edges that come with a plane seat, and give them a cushion to snuggle into come nap-time (hopefully).
Here’s the best part – head over to Kmart and you can grab a soft fleece pet bed for only $5. It’s the perfect size, 60cm, and because it’s soft it will collapse down and you can easily shove it in a bag for traipsing around the airport.
Last year saw the rise of expensive sleeping aids for kids on planes, like Fly Tot, JetKids, BedBox etc., which were swiftly banned by Qantas and Jetstar due to their size and the fact some of them blocked or damaged seats and aisles.
Image: KmartThat’s where this travel hack comes into its own – a pet bed is just a glorified pillow, which means you can safely and legally travel with it with no concerns. Plus, for $5 it doesn’t really matter what happens to it after a flight.
We’ll just be sitting over here until we can figure out how to get the bigger pet beds onto flights for our own travel comfort…