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Travelling with children | Gatwick Airport

We're doing everything we can to help get your family holiday off to a good start. That’s why we're proud to be the first Family Friendly accredited airport.

When you’re travelling with children, you want your trip to be stress-free. From dedicated Assistance and family security lanes to Kids zones, see all the steps we’re taking to help you and your family get to your flight as smoothly as possible, with entertainment along the way.

Gatwick parking options 
Going through security
Taking baby milk through security and other essentials 
Baby changing 
Kids zones 
Food and drink
Tips for holidaying with children

Gatwick parking options

We offer a range of parking options and our car parks are the closest to the terminals.

Our Valet parking is perfect for families – simply drop your car with one of our valet staff when you arrive and they’ll have your car waiting for you when you return.

Plus, look out for our Family Friendly bays in our long stay car parks, which are conveniently next to the bus stops.

Check all our parking options to see which suits you best.

Going through security 

We’ve created special Assistance and family lanes in security for departing families. If you’re travelling with young children in pushchairs, our dedicated lanes will give your family extra time and help to get through security. Simply follow the signs for the Assistance and family lanes after you've checked in.

When going through security, we will scan all items, including children’s toys. We know it can be upsetting for children to be parted from their possessions, but if they’re told in advance it can prepare them for what is going to happen. There’s nothing to worry about, we often hear that Teddies enjoy their x-ray adventures.

Taking baby milk through security and other essentials 

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 up to two tubs of baby milk on the Boots website so it’s ready to collect from our Boots stores after security in both terminals. Orders should be made no later than seven working days in advance to guarantee arrival. If you don’t order in advance, you can buy it in store on the day. Boots also supplies other baby and toddler essentials including nappies, baby food and wipes.

At North Terminal, you can also buy baby milk from Well Pharmacy, which sites within the large WHSmith store at the far left end of the departure lounge after security. Well Pharmacy also supplies other baby and toddler essentials including nappies, baby food and wipes.

If your child has a specific drink as part of their dietary needs, you should make sure you carry a letter from your doctor to support this. 

Check our security advice pages for more detailed information around medicines and prescriptions.

For any queries about ordering baby milk, please contact Boots on 01293 569606 for North Terminal or 01293 569353 for South Terminal.

Food and drink 

From Jamie's Italian to Wagamama, we have a wide range of restaurants and cafés for families to enjoy before boarding your flight.

Most of our restaurants also offer kids menus and highchairs for younger diners, making it easy for the whole family to sit back and fill their tummies before boarding.

You can warm baby bottles in Pret a Manger in both South and North Terminals and all of our restaurants, cafés and bars will be happy to offer you a glass of tap water, free of charge.

Baby changing facilities 

We have specially equipped rooms for feeding and changing babies, which are indicated by 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.

Kids zones 

We’ve created the ideal areas to keep your little ones entertained while you’re waiting in the departure lounge. Our Kids zones in South and North Terminal provides a separate area for the kids to play and interact with fun educational elements. It's free of charge to use and makes it so much easier to keep your little one's boredom at bay before you fly.


Tips for holidaying with children

English Mum blogger, Becky Wiggins, shares her top tips for families to help counteract the stress that can sometimes be associated with 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.

Can you take food through airport security? – The Sun

IF you're jetting off on your hols you need to know the rules on what you can and can't carry before setting off for the airport.

Regardless if it's your first time travelling or not, rules and regulations can be hard to remember - and there are some restrictions on taking food through airport security.


There are restrictions on the food and drink you can take through airport securityCredit: Getty

Can I take food through airport security?

Cakes, sandwiches, fruit, vegetables and all other completely solid food are fine to take through UK airport security.

However, there are a number of items that you need to treat as liquids.

For example, pots of jam, hummus, syrups, honey and guacamole all have to be in 100ml or under containers – and they have to fit in that tiny plastic bag with your liquids.

Bizarrely, if you took the hummus out of the pot and spread it on a slice of bread, it would be considered acceptable though.

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Jars of olives and gherkins also count as a liquid, even though they are mainly solids, because they contain a considerable amount of juice.

And items in cans, such as tuna, are also banned as they exceed 100ml and contain liquid.

This also means sauces, yoghurt, vinegar and oil are banned if they exceed 100ml.

But sweet treats such as caramel or liquid-filled chocolates are allowed – but must also fit in your 100ml bag, along with all your other liquids.



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Hard cheese is fine in your hand luggage, but soft cheese has to go in the hold.

Soup counts as a liquid, not a solid.

It is also worth checking if you also have US customs pre-clearance – where US customs are stationed at UK airports - if you are travelling to the US.

Because some travellers have complained that they were made to ditch items like ham sandwiches as they didn’t comply with US customs laws.

Can I take drink through airport security?

All liquids must be under 100ml at airport security, or they will be confiscated.

This rule has been in place since 2006.

Any liquids you are taking through airport security must be placed in a single, transparent, resealable plastic bag, which holds no more than a litre and measures approximately 20cm x 20cm.

Liquids in containers larger than 100ml generally cannot go through security even if the container is only part full.

There are some exemptions including items needed for essential medical purposes, baby milk and any dietary requirements.

Once you have passed through security you can buy drinks in the departure area to take on the plane.

You can also take an empty water bottle through security and then refill at a water fountain.

You can then take this on the plane and drink it.

If you buy a bottle of bubbly or other alcohol above 100ml at the airport, this should be fine to take on board as it will be sealed in an airport bag.

However, you must not open the security bag until you reach your final destination.

In November 2022, it was revealed that the 100ml restriction is set to be ditched by 2024.

The new rules will allow drinks, make up, and liquids of any size to be carried in hand luggage.

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Can I take baby food through airport security?

If your child is two or under you are allowed to carry some items in your hand baggage, including baby milk and sterilised water – the amount needed for your journey.

Expressed breast milk can be taken in unlimited quantities, as long as it's in individual containers that are no larger than two litres per container, and baby food in liquid, gel or paste form is also fine.

Gatwick Airport Security

February 21, 2014

As a result of increased security controls, check-in may take a little longer than usual. It is recommended to arrive at the airport well in advance.

  • Long haul flights - check-in starts 3 hours before departure
  • Flights to Europe - check-in starts 2 hours before departure
  • Domestic flights - check-in starts 90 minutes before departure
  • Hand luggage
  • fluids
  • Medicines
  • purchases in Duty FRI and departure stores
  • Christmas gifts
  • Restrictions for transportation
  • is prohibited for transportation

Hand lines

We ask for additional security measures, plan to pay additional measures time and be prepared for possible departure delays.

Carry-on baggage size

Passenger has the right to carry one or more pieces of hand baggage through security. However, you should make sure that this is allowed by the policy of the air carrier. Some airlines allow only one piece of hand luggage, weight and size varies depending on the carrier. nine0003

Carry-on baggage size

The passenger is entitled to carry one or more pieces of hand baggage through security. However, you should make sure that this is allowed by the policy of the air carrier. Some airlines allow only one piece of hand luggage, weight and size varies depending on the carrier.

Carry-on dimensions

The carry-on dimensions, including wheels, handles and side compartments, are as follows:

  • Height: 56 cm (22 in.)
  • Width: 45 cm (17.7 in.)
  • Depth: 25 cm (10 in.)

Check that no additional restrictions are imposed by the carrier.

What is allowed to be transported?

  • Baggage that, due to its size, is not allowed to be transported in cabin baggage, must pass through security control and be checked into the baggage compartment.
  • Allows you to carry musical instruments as an additional piece of hand luggage, even if they do not fit the dimensions. The tool must be passed through the screening screen. The passenger must make sure that the carrier has not established additional conditions (for example, the purchase of an additional seat) for the carriage of large instruments. nine0008
  • The laptop must be removed from the bag and passed through the security screen in a separate basket. A laptop counts as one piece of carry-on baggage
  • Strollers, walkers and wheelchairs are allowed, but they must also be passed through the screening screen.


Some liquids (eg gels, lotions, pastes, liquid cosmetics, foams and other liquid-based items) are not allowed through security. Restrictions apply to quantity. nine0003

  • The liquid may be transported in containers not exceeding 100 ml.
  • The containers must be placed in one transparent plastic bag with a resealable capacity of no more than 1 liter (approximately 20x20 cm). The contents must be conveniently packed, the package must be closed.
  • Passenger can carry only one bag of liquids. The package must be submitted for inspection.

Liquids that cannot be carried in a plastic bag in hand luggage must be packed in baggage and presented for inspection. It is allowed to carry any amount of liquids in the luggage compartment. nine0003

"Liquids" refers to:

  • Any drinks, including water, soups, syrups
  • Creams, lotions, oils, perfumes, lip balms or glosses, mascaras, etc.
  • Sprays and pressurized containers, including shaving foam and spray deodorants
  • Pastes, including toothpastes
  • Gels, including hair gels and shower gels


Essential medicines allowed for transportation in a volume of more than 100 ml, but it is necessary to confirm their authenticity. Also, this exception applies to milk and baby food, but during the inspection, the passenger may be asked to taste the contents. nine0003

Duty Free and Departure Hall shopping

All items purchased in the Departure Hall after security control are allowed in hand baggage. Purchases in duty free are packed in special packages, do not open these packages until you arrive at your destination. Keep your proof of purchase throughout the flight, it may be asked for when transferring.

These requirements are set by the Department of Transportation. Additional requirements may be set by the carrier or the airport authority. Passengers should familiarize themselves with these requirements on the carrier's website. nine0003

Christmas presents

Wrapped Christmas presents are no exception and must be screened by security on flights departing from the UK. The passenger may be asked to unwrap the gift during security screening. Therefore, it is recommended to transport gifts without packaging.
Gifts in liquid form (perfume, eau de toilette, alcohol) can also be carried in hand luggage, but they are subject to the general rules of carriage. It is recommended to transport such gifts without packaging in the luggage compartment. You can carry any amount of liquid in your checked baggage. nine0003

Carriage restrictions

You should always inquire in advance about any restrictions that apply to checked baggage. Among the most common items prohibited for transportation, the following:

is prohibited for transportation in hand luggage:

Scissors more than 6 cm from the hinges Brown blades
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Syrups for diabetics and other medical syrups are allowed in carry-on baggage provided that appropriate evidence is provided. It is necessary to call the representative of the carrier in advance and find out what evidence will need to be presented.


In addition to the restrictions, there are a number of items that are prohibited from being carried in both carry-on and checked baggage. It is not recommended to take the following items with you:

How to survive a long transfer at the airport? It's easy if you know where the recreation area, the playground, the cartoon cinema, and even the kids' bedroom are.

The crowded London Heathrow Airport has five terminals. Breastfeeding areas and changing tables are available in all terminals and are located in the women's and some men's restrooms, both before and after passport control.

Many bars and restaurants in Heathrow offer children's menus and snacks, and have high chairs. There are playgrounds in every airport terminal. It is worth noting that the airport staff does not look after the children playing, so the responsibility for safety rests entirely with the parents. Those who want quiet games can be advised to take a coloring book and a set of pencils from the BAA information desk. nine0003

Terminal 3 has the Jetterz Kids Club Lounge, which will be interesting for children from 5 to 14 years old who like to watch TV, play video games or read books. Two hours in this lounge will cost you £15, each additional hour will cost you another £10.

Details: Heathrow airport and location of

toy stores

2. Amsterdam Schiphol Airport

Schiphol is a very pleasant transfer airport, all major entertainment and shopping activities are concentrated on Holland Boulevard. In the lounges, you can comfortably sit on sofas in stylized living rooms and enjoy free Wi-Fi to the accompaniment of the piano. Next to the lounges there is a spacious library where you can find interesting books for children and drawing tables. nine0003

Amsterdam Airport is known for its excellent Children's Room (Schiphol Babycare Lounge). This is a pleasantly designed room with seven separate and very cozy sleeping compartments, where parents can comfortably relax next to the child while he sleeps. With children under 3 years old, admission to the recreation room is free. In addition to sleeping seven, the room has a microwave oven, a large changing area and a bathtub large enough to bathe an infant in. The room is open from 6.00 to 22.00.

Children aged 3 to 9children can play at the unique Kids Forest playground, where there are “tree houses”, slides and ladders reminiscent of a real forest. And parents can watch them sitting on a comfortable sofa. Next to the children's room is a branch of the Rijksmuseum, which is open from 7.00 to 20.00.

Details: Amsterdam Airport

3. Changi Airport Singapore

A flight delay in Singapore can turn into an exciting family tour of the sights of Changi Airport (Changi). At the Changi Aviation Gallery, children can take a closer look at aircraft and learn a lot about the history of aviation and Singapore Airport. An interactive display with a touchpad will tell you about how the airport and aviation in general work. If they wish, children can make interactive art and play with wooden blocks, popular in Singapore in the 50s and 60s. nine0003

The Viewing Mall on the third level of Terminal 1 is traditionally popular with children, because here you can watch the taxi planes arriving at the airport and run around the open space to your heart's content.

The Singkids Playsystem in Terminal 1 offers fun attractions for the little ones - slides, swings, ball pits and much more. Opening hours: 11.00 - 23.00. But the super-slide in Terminal 3 is not an attraction for the faint of heart: 12 meters high and a speed of 6 meters per second. There is also a slide two times smaller. In the X-zone, a fun holiday is guaranteed for little gamers - there is air hockey and controlled cars. All playgrounds located at Singapore Airport must be air-conditioned. nine0003

At Changi Airport, you can relax walking through the shady gardens - bamboo, cactus, orchid garden. In some gardens, you can look at the fish in the pond.

Details: Singapore Airport

4. Stockholm Arlanda Airport

The playroom for children under 12 is located in Terminal 5 of Stockholm Arlanda Airport, between gates 9 and 10, next to Starbucks. The playground was conceived and designed in the Astrid Lindgren Fairytale Museum Junibacken, so it is very magical: here you can ride inside a giant mushroom or saddle a forest mouse. nine0003

The room has a corner for drawing and other games. Also, children can watch movies or cartoons or read one of the books by the Swedish writer Elsa Beskov, on the plots of whose books this children's room is based. Entrance to the game room is free.

Details: Stockholm Airport

5. Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport)

Gulli playgrounds, located in all terminals of Charles de Gaulle Airport, will interest young travelers with bright puzzles, curved mirrors, horizontal bars and ladders or a TV corner where cartoons and children's programs are broadcast. The flooring and toys are made for babies, so children can play in complete safety. Children's areas can be easily seen from a distance - they are so colorful. nine0003

Useful: in Terminal 2E you can rent a pram. The little ones can be changed in special rooms with a cheerful design. It is easy to find these rooms in terminals 2G, 2E - in the baggage claim hall and in the common departure hall near entrance 8, in terminal 2F - in the baggage claim hall, in terminal 2F1 - immediately after passport control.

Teenagers at Charles de Gaulle Airport can have fun in the Playstation game corners, where you can play popular games completely free of charge. There are also old-style slot machines on tokens - pinball, pool, table football. The hardest thing will be to let go of the joystick to go with your parents to the landing. nine0003

Details: Paris Airport (Charles de Gaulle)

6. London Gatwick Airport

Specially equipped baby feeding or changing rooms at the airport are marked with a bottle or baby care icon. You can change your baby's clothes in the check-in area, on the way to the gate, in the transfer area, as well as behind passport control in the arrivals area. Some of the ladies' and gents' restrooms have reclining changing tables. The Boots store has a children's pharmacy where you can buy baby care products such as baby food or diapers. nine0003

Gatwick Airport has open playgrounds with separate areas for games and TV viewing. The playgrounds in the South Terminal Lounge are on the second floor across from Café Rouge, and in the North Terminal Lounge just behind the Boots store.

If waiting for a flight is delayed, you can relax in one of the paid lounges. The Servisair Lingfield lounge area operates in the South Terminal, where there is a special children's room with computers and video games. Lounge No.1 operates in the North Terminal with separate playgrounds for preschoolers, a games room and a cinema for older children. nine0003

Details: London Gatwick Airport

7. Hong Kong International Airport

Hong Kong Airport has tried to take into account the needs and requirements of travelers with children. Nursing mothers will be pleased with the large number of well-equipped rooms for breastfeeding and changing babies. There are enough of them in both terminals of the airport. Most of them are located next to the toilets.

You can spend hours waiting for a flight in paid lounges.

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