These are a few of my favorite things…for long flights
In honor of a long flight I have coming up, I figured I would share my advice for how to entertain kids on really long flights. I have family in Japan and Hawaii, so I am used to long flights with children at this point, but it is never easy. Plan for months ahead if you know you are going on a long flight so that you don’t have to spend loads of money or time last minute scrambling to find things for the kids to do.
Obviously, when it comes to flight travel, the easiest thing to do is give kids technology to distract them. However, in the case of my kids, I’ve learned that after a while it might make them grumpy and keep them awake longer than they should be awake, so it is good to have lots of technology free items too. If you have technology, make sure to get headphones so you don’t bother others on the flight, and no noisy toys!
Here are some specific ideas:
But the best advice I can give you is to expect that things will go wrong. Long flights are hard on adults, so they are bound to be twice as hard on kids. Prepare for crying, exhaustion, and perhaps even temper tantrums so that when they occur, you have the patience to deal with them without anger! I’ve had flights where Aria or Skylar cried for hours, where everyone but me got sleep because the kids took turns sleeping, and flights where nothing seemed to go right with the electronics on the plane so we relied solely on the toys we brought. But, if you are prepared that anything can happen, it is far easier to go with the flow and adapt. Remember: the flight might be long, but the destination is sooo worth it in the end!
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Jessica and Ana
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