Keeping Them Busy:
Tips for Flying With Kids From a Mom Who’s Been There
It’s almost time! In just a few weeks we’ll be making our big move to the islands, we’re moving to Hawaii for four years! My big kids are great travelers, they’ve made many a cross atlantic flight, in fact Kolton’s first was when he was 8 months old, and Kaylee’s was 4 months, unless you count the flight we made while I was pregnant with her, but this will be little Karter’s first flight. Because I’m pretty well versed in flying with kids, I thought I’d share some tips!
It’s an eight hour flight from Dallas, so I’m planning to bring plenty of activities for the kids during the flight. Some of my favorite things to bring on long plane trips are things like coloring books, word searches, drawing paper. I really love those PlayPack’s, you can pick them up for $0.87, that’s a steal so I always grab 2-3 for each kid, they come with crayons, coloring books, stickers etc. I can just throw them in the kids’ carryon bag and be set, plus they come in a wide range of my kids’ favorite characters!
Kaylee is very into word searches right now, so I picked her up a couple of Frozen themed word search books, and a few teeny-tiny pens to complete them. I’m also including some of the wipe away cards we got when we sampled an Usborne Book Box last year, both the big kids love to draw on them with the dry erase marker. Let’s face it, kids in 2016 love their electronics, and their parents do too. I’ll also be packing the kids’ iPad minis with cases, and headphones. That should keep them occupied, but what about what they’ll eat?
Because of the time of day, our flight doesn’t include meal service, only snacks. My kids are eaters, they’ll definitely want more to eat than some bag of peanuts. My favorite thing to bring on flights is Lunchable type cracker stackers and Uncrustables. They’re easy to transport, and disposable (I know, I know, over at Green Lunches, Green Kids I’m always talking about no waste lunches, but I make exceptions for flights!) I also bring some kid friendly fruit, like Cuties, or bananas. And maybe a bag of cookies. Grab a couple of milk boxes from Starbucks on the way to your gate and you are set my friend!
I’ll do everything I can as a Mom to help my kids (and in turn everyone else) have a pleasant flight, but I definitely won’t be bringing gifts for my fellow passengers, if Karter cries, people are just going to have to deal with it. Promise that it’s bothering me more than anyone. I find the trend of plane gifts so weird. Kids cry sometimes people, deal with it.
Bottom line, what I’m saying is, for a pleasant flight with kids, you don’t need to go overboard and have an activity planed for every single minute of the trip, you don’t need to feel bad about them having too much “screen time”, or too much junk food. You don’t need to stay up until midnight packing gift bags with earplugs for your fellow passengers. Give yourself a break, Momma. Just bring some activities, movies, and plenty of snacks and your flight will be just fine!
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