You might be surprised to learn that you can take an infant and a toddler on a helicopter sightseeing tour; I know I was. But is it really that shocking when kids can fly in airplanes?
Aviation law still applies, and yes, you don’t have to pay for a lap child. You can’t fly in a doorless helicopter, but you can fly in one that is enclosed with all the necessary seatbelts and other gear.
Of course you will still want to check with your intended tour company before you book your trip, but with any luck you and your little ones will be airborne exploring via the sky above in no time. There are just a few tricks you need to know before you take off.
- Ask for noise canceling headphones for the baby or bring your own. Helicopters are loud. Adults should be given a headset, but a babies, especially one held in your lap, can be forgotten. Baby’s tender ears should be protected. It will also give him or her something to poke at and grab while in flight.
- Bring more than one pacifier. If your baby takes a pacifier, always have a spare or two very handy in case one is lost. Halfway through our first helicopter ride with both kids baby Ty lost his pacifier. Up until that point he was doing quietly enjoying the ride. After the pacifier was lost things went downhill. You can’t exactly stand up in a helicopter to look for the missing pacifier.
- Pack a small snack and fizzy beverage. No matter how smooth the tour company you travel with claims their flights are you may still get a little queasy. Pack a bottle or sippy cup of water for the baby, but don’t forget yourself and older children. Bringing a few crackers for you and older children, along with a soda or fizzy water, can help those tender stomachs get focused back on the baby and enjoying your ride.
- Wear dark colors. The last thing you want to have while on a helicopter ride around a tropical island is glare off the window. Wearing dark clothing helps minimize the reflection so your photos can come out as if no glass is in the way.
- Give the toddler a camera. Your toddler may love a ride aboard a helicopter, but even the most amazing trip can get a little long. When your child’s interest in waterfalls and canyons starts to wane, hand your little one a camera to capture the rest of the trip. Keeping a toddler’s mind engaged is always the key to a successful outing you all can enjoy.