Travelling with children
Travelling with children can sometimes be a challenge, but we're doing everything we can to get your family holiday off to a good start.
We know that travelling with children can be stressful, but we're here to help and we're proud to be the first Family Friendly accredited airport. From dedicated family security lanes to kids zones and porters to help with your luggage, we want your holiday to get off to the best possible start. And, in case you didn't know, all our restaurants have high chairs and children's menus too.
Download our Making your journey easier booklet for advice and tips on travelling with children and vulnerable passengers.
Gatwick parking options
Gatwick First meet & greet service
Family assistance lanes
Food and drink
Taking baby milk through security and other essentials
Tips for holidaying with children
If you're travelling with young children or infants, we want to make life a little easier for you. Pushchairs are now available to passengers landing at Gatwick, for the journey between the plane and the arrivals hall where their own pushchair will be delivered.
Collect a pushchair as you disembark and return it to the baggage hall once you have collected your own.
Book your parking in advance for our best deals. All our parking options are family-friendly and our valet parking and return valet services are perfect for families. Check all our parking options to see which suits you best or book valet parking now.
Gatwick First is our premier-class concierge service offering you a personal welcome through London Gatwick whether you're arriving or departing. You'll be assisted through every step of your journey and they'll be no need to queue either. It's an ideal way to help you through the airport if you're travelling with children.
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We’ve created special assistance lanes for both departing and arriving families. Our separate security lane gives families travelling with young children in buggies extra help through security. Simply follow the signs for assistance lanes after you've checked in. Following on from the success of our security assistance lanes, working with UKBA, we've also introduced assistance lanes through immigration to help families arriving back at Gatwick. Our staff will be on hand during busy times to give some extra help.
We’ve created the ideal area to keep your little ones entertained while you’re waiting in the departure lounge. Our new 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 and make keeping an eye on the kids just that little bit easier.
The play areas are located upstairs in the South Terminal departure lounge opposite Café Rouge and behind Boots in North Terminal departure lounge.
If you’d like to have the use of a lounge during your time at the airport, then both the Servisair and No.1 lounges offer designated areas for families with children under 12. With TVs and board games for the kids, as well as all the usual facilities you’d expect to find for adults, this is the perfect way to start your holiday. 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. Book lounges.
All our restaurants and bars will be happy to help families travelling through Gatwick.We've got a range of family friendly restaurants to suit everyone's tastes and budgets. See our A-Z of eating for a full list of our family friendly restaurants and cafes. And remember, any of our restaurants, cafes and bars will be happy to offer you a glass of tap water, free of charge.
You can warm baby bottles in Pret a Manger in both South and North Terminals.
Specially equipped rooms for feeding and changing babies are indicated by either a bottle sign or a babycare symbol. Changing facilities are provided in the check-in area, en route to the gates, in the transfer area and after passport control in arrivals. There are also fold-down tables provided in some male and female toilets.
You may carry enough baby milk or baby food for your journey in your hand luggage, but you should pack the rest in your checked-in baggage. You can pre-order cartons of baby milk on the Boots website and have it delivered to our Boots stores after security in both North and South Terminals. This should be done seven days before travelling.
For any queries about ordering baby milk, please contact Boots on 01293 569606 for North Terminal or 01293 569353 for South Terminal.
Boots pharmacy also supplies other baby and toddler essentials including nappies, formula milk and baby wipes.
If your child has juice as part of their dietary needs, you should make sure you carry a letter from your doctor to support this.
Remember that medicines should not exceed the 100ml maximum and must be kept in a transparent, re-sealable bag.
English Mum blogger, Becky Wiggins, has put together some great advice for travelling with kids. You can also read her latest blog after recent Gatwick visit:
Becky Wiggins shares her top tips for families to help counteract the stress that can be induced when travelling 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 (make sure you check if they want to help – although my son once packed scissors and a spud gun!)
- 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.
Gatwick is proud to be a Family Friendly accredited airport.