I’ve been on many long flights with my son domestic and international, from the time he was 6 weeks old until present day (he’s 4).
I try to think of things that are cheap, easy to pack and replaceable. These tips are for the keeping the kids occupied and you sane during the journey itself.
Granted, children that are under 6 months or so are the best to travel with. It may not seem like it at the time, but believe me no matter the age, children are hard to control. At this age their basic needs being met, they are usually fine.
I’ll try and add to the list if I discover more.
- Tin Foil – cheap, folds flat, shiny and can be shaped in hundreds of forms, including a ball. Even recyclable!
- Pen or Marker. This will help to decorate the barf bags in your front pocket. You can make hats and puppets.
- Bubbles- unfortunately due to security checks this isn’t the best option anymore. It has worked for me in the past. You can try the stores at your gate to see if they sell them.
- Blanket- tug of war, peek a boo, comfort.
- Kleenex– yes it gets the boogies and clears the ears, but it’s a great game. Just tilt your head back, lay the tissue on your face and blow. Instant laughter. I swear.
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