Moving to Canada: 4 tips for surviving airport layover with kids

Nigerian Community in Canada

After we made the move to Canada, direct flights was added to the list of things I was thankful for. If you live outside Toronto, most of your flights will consist of an airport layover within Canada.

If you are also planning to make the big move to Canada, I’m sorry to break the news: there are no direct flights from Nigeria to Canada, you are in for one or more airport layovers.  This can be distressing for kids, especially after saying their goodbyes to friends and family. Here are some tips to make their journey as enjoyable as possible: 

1. Plan your layover to coincide with your Childs bedtime 

This is always a good idea, planning your layover to be the same time as your Childs bedtime means they can have a nap while waiting for the next flight. This is a win win situation as you get to have some rest too.

2. Have fun at the play area

Airport play areas is a great way to keep your kids entertained during your airport layover. Some major airports have play areas that will get kids sulking when its time to leave. 

3. Travel prepared with the right stuff

Travelling prepared during a long haul flight makes all the difference, this would help to keep the kids entertained. Here are some recommendations on what to bring along:

  • Colouring books and some crayons

  • Electronic tablet for games

  • Travel blanket

  • Change of clothes

  • Board Games

4. Eat Drink and be Merry  

Contrary to common belief, you allowed to take solid food through the airport. Nothing is as familiar as homemade snacks and sandwiches. Keeping kids hydrated during long haul flights is also very important, water fountains are located throughout most airports. This is safe to drink, bottled water and other drinks can also be purchased when the need for it arises.