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Travel With Children

Need to know - when travel with children!



Gatwick parking options

Booking your parking in advance is best. All parking options are family-friendly.
Check all parking options to see which suits you best or book valet parking.
We listed few of reputable companies at Gatwick Airport:

  • Airport Meet and Greet - valet parking

  • APH - park & ride parking

  • Airparks -park & ride

  • Ace Parking - valet parking

  • Help Me Park - valet parking

  • Maple Manor Parking - valet parking

  • Meteor Parking - valet parking

  • Tudor Rose - park & ride as well valet parking

  • Porters

    If you’ve got lots of luggage and need help, pre-book a porter who can meet you from the train or forecourt and help you to check-in. On your return they can meet you in the baggage reclaim hall and help you to your point of onward travel.

    Family assistance lanes

    There are special assistance lanes for both departing and arriving families. Separate security lane gives families travelling with young children in buggies extra help through security, just follow the signs for assistance lanes after you've checked in. It’s been introduced assistance lanes through immigration to help families arriving back at Gatwick.

    Kids zones

    Kids’ areas have been created to keep the little ones entertained while you’re waiting in the departure lounge. The kids zones provide a separate area for the kids to play and watch TV with plenty of seating for parents. They're free of charge to use.

    The play areas are located on the upper floor in the South Terminal departure lounge opposite Café Rouge and behind Boots in North Terminal departure lounge.

    Airport Lounges

    In the South Terminal, the Servisair Lingfield lounge is specially geared for the kids with a separate children’s area with video games and computers.

    In North Terminal, the new No.1 lounge has separate family areas for the under 6's, a games room and even a cinema for older children.

    Eating with kids

    There’s a wide range of family friendly restaurants to suit everyone's tastes and budgets.

    Baby changing facilities

    There are specially equipped rooms for feeding and changing babies.

    Changing facilities are provided in the check-in area, en route to the gates, in the transfer area and after passport control in arrivals.

    Taking baby milk through security

    You may carry enough baby milk or baby food in your hand luggage. You can pre-order cartons of baby milk to collect from Boots in the departures lounge through the online ordering service. Boots pharmacy also supplies other baby and toddler essentials including nappies, formula milk and baby wipes.

    The experts put on a few tips for holidaying with children:

  • Go with the flow and treat the journey as an adventure - if you don’t get stressed, then the kids won’t pick up on it.

  • Pack your child’s rucksacks with interesting things to do: crayons, colouring books, a favourite book or toy.

  • Save a couple of surprises to be whipped out when things are getting stressful.

  • Most airlines load children first, but It’s not always best to be first on board – sometimes taking an extra few minutes of freedom before being cooped up on a plane journey is a bonus.

  • Distribute essentials between bags - in case the one with all the important baby items goes missing.

  • Scan everything and email it to yourself - passports, tickets and travel insurance – you never know when things need replacing on holiday, and it’s much easier if you have all the details.

  • When travelling with younger children, pack an emergency bag - wet wipes, tissues, change of clothes and most importantly a sealable plastic bag.

  • Leave plenty of time to get to the airport – then add an hour – airports are great places to explore and an extra hour at the airport is preferable to a meltdown in a traffic jam worrying about missing your flight.

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