How To Make Flying With Children Enjoyable
For many, flying with children can be a nightmare. From the long hours of flying in the plane, to the crying and the screaming from boredom, it’s no wonder many dread the thought of having to take their children on a flight. However, you don’t have to live this way. You can actually enjoy a flight with your children. How you ask? Here’s some of the different tips that you can use to help make flying with children a whole lot easier and more enjoyable. Let’s get started.
1. Plan and Be Prepared.
Generally, when children become unruly on a plane it’s because of one of three things. These include:
- They’re tired
- They’re bored
- They’re hungry
If you understand this and be prepared by packing enough food, their favourite toys or provide a comfortable spot to sleep, then the journey will become a lot easier.
2. Make Them A Part Of The Process
As long as they’re not young enough to ride in a stroller, get your children to help in the process of going through the airport. When going through the airport, give the tickets to your children to hand to the person behind the desk. Ask them to watch for your bags on the carousel. Get them to see whether they can spot the plane in the distance if you’re near windows.
When on the plane, play a game with them as you’re getting them settled. ‘I Spy’ is a great game that can be played which can keep their minds occupied for a little while. By making them feel a part of the process you have a better chance of making them enjoy the trip instead of complaining all the way.
Communication is the key to making your trip more enjoyable. You need to communicate what your child can and can’t do when flying. Describe everything that will be happening on the trip to where the entertainment will come from, what you expect of their behavior when other people are sleeping, to how quietly they should be playing. If they start to get a little irritable or cranky, work through the three things. Are they hungry? Are they bored? Are they tired? By addressing one of these three areas you’ll have a better chance of having a more enjoyable flight.
4. Distract Them From Their Fears
Sometimes when a child become teary or emotional it’s because they may be scared of the flight or plane ride. If this is the case, you need to communicate to them that everything is ok and distract them as best you can to reduce their fears. Take their hand when the plane is going to take off. Talk with them as you soar into the sky. Ask them whether they can see clouds yet? All these things will help them to think about other things apart from their fears.
5. Bassinets For Babies
Some planes offer baby bassinets similar to the ones in a baby store, although limited, they can give babies a place to sleep comfortably during the flight. It’s important to pre-book these early if the airport or plane is capable of offering these. This will help both you and them get some sleep.
6. Have A Surprise Bag Of Treats
Kids love treats. To keep them entertained, have a surprise bag with you and bring it out mid-flight. Have little items wrapped up in the surprise bag so they can take one out every couple of hours. This will give your children something new to play with or eat and can also help to make the flight go faster
7. Go For Walks
Every little while don’t be afraid to take them for a walk up and down the aisle. Not only will this stretch their legs but it will help to keep the boredom at bay. Encourage them to go to the toilet every little while to avoid any messes if they’re younger children. They will also like the attention from the other people on the plane.
Flying with children doesn’t have to be like the horror stories you hear every now and again. By taking the time to understand why your children may be acting the way they are, you have a better chance of combating it before it starts. So are you looking forward to flying with your children?
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