When our children were younger I dreaded the thought of taking them on a plane. I would worry about whether they would be able sit still for a number of hours, or if they would fidget and annoy the passengers around them. I needn't have worried, it's as if they were born to travel and they love flying!
Over the years I have found some things work really well to help while away the time in the air. There is often in-flight entertainment available, but this may not always be the case. Here are 5 ways that have kept our kids entertained on flights:
1. Take plenty of snacks.
Our kids seem to develop a huge appetite the minute the plane takes off, so having lots of snacks on hand is a huge help. We usually take Haribos (we are big Haribo fans in our house!), Pringles and Starbursts. I know there's nothing healthy in that list at all, but the kids eat really healthily 99% of the time, so a few treats won't hurt them.
2. Books and Magazines.
We have a tradition of visiting the newsagents and bookstore in the airport. Everyone is allowed to buy one new book or magazine for the flight. The kids used to love buying one of those children's magazines that come with loads of plastic freebies and they would happily play with them and read the magazine during the flight. These days their choices are a bit more mature, but they still love to peruse the bookshelves before each flight.
3. Colouring Books.
A colouring book and a pack of Crayola Twistables would keep the children entertained for ages when they were little. I recommend Twistables because they last for ages, don't mark clothes and don't need sharpening like pencils do.
4. Playing Cards/Small Toys/Travel Games.
A small box of Lego is a great way to keep kids entertained on a flight, plus there's not too many little pieces for you to worry about losing. We've also taken travel games such as Monopoly or Boggle with us and a pack of cards with us in the past.
Ipads/tablets will be your best friend on a long-haul flight. Download your toddler's favourite tv programmes/films before you go to help distract them when they start to get fidgety. Our kids use their iPads to make their own videos on while they're on the plane.
What tricks do you have for keeping kids entertained on flights?