Tips For Air Travel With Kids

20 Tried and True Tips For Flying With Kids

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A few weeks ago I flew with my two toddlers across the country all by myself. I was pretty nervous about the trip, but it ended up being OK because I was well prepared. Even though there were a couple tantrums and mishaps along the way, the kids actually had a good time. There were a few things that helped my kids and me endure the four-hour plane ride that may come in handy for you some day.

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  1. Check in early so you get the best seats. The front row is the best because it has the most leg room.
  2. Plan to get to the airport two hours before you depart.
  3. Be prepared and remember to stay patient. If you're calm, your kids will be too.
  4. Buy new toys from the dollar store.
  5. Pack coloring books with crayons in Ziploc bags.
  6. Bring a variety of healthy snacks.
  7. Divide the books and snacks into small bags so you can pull them out at different times. You can even wrap the toys to make it more fun.
  8. Give your baby a bottle or pacifier for takeoff so their ears don't hurt. Starbursts work great for older kids.
  9. Bring a favorite blanket or stuffed animal.
  10. Pack Ziploc bags for messy diapers.
  11. Bring an extra pair of clothes just in case.
  12. Take along an iPad or Kindle with children’s books and/or shows with headphones.
  13. Bring melatonin if it's a really long flight to help the kids sleep.
  14. Buy a few packs of stickers to keep their hands busy for a little while.
  15. Dress up silly magnet faces.
  16. Pull lace through shapes, or string Cheerios on a necklace.
  17. Play with finger puppets.
  18. Count Teddy Grahams or gold fish.
  19. Bring flash cards with letters and numbers.
  20. Snuggle and sing songs.

These are just a few ideas of things I did to keep my kids happy during our four-hour flight. It really helped having several activities to break up the long plane ride. It also helped to get up every once in a while to walk down the isle. They thought it was fun saying hi to everyone. Hopefully, a few of these tips will help you on your next flight.

What tips do you have when flying with young children?

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