4 Ways to make Flying with Kids Enjoyable

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by Daniel McClain on Jun 5, 2014

Airplane in flight

Many families will be flying this summer, and if you don’t have a game plan, you most likely won’t enjoy it. No parent wants to have to  deal with a screaming baby or a kid that is bored and keeps asking you if you are there yet. It’s time to get a plan of attack to make your flying not just bearable, but enjoyable. Here  are some 4 tips to help you enjoy your next family flight! 

Start Planning Early

The last thing you want is to end up with your family’s seats scattered across the plane. If you want to keep a tight ship, you need to start planning now.  By booking early, you can also make sure that you have an aisle seat that is somewhat close to the bathroom (for that kid that always has to go). Also by planning early, you will be able to get a decent price on airline tickets. Not only that, but you will also be able to choose a time that won’t mess with your child’s circadian rhythm. And that is something you never want to mess with!

Plan some good entertainment

You should have some good entertainment for every 15 minutes of the whole journey.  Why is that? If you don’t know this already, you will soon find out that their attention span won’t last much longer than 15 minutes. Everything from a favorite book to a DVD player can keep you child happy while enduring a lengthy flight.

Have a Talk

If your kids don’t understand what you expect of them, you shouldn’t be surprised when they start kicking the seat in front of them. Kids do crazy stuff when they are bored. Make sure they know what is ok and what is not ok. This is especially important for first timers.

Keep their bellies full

A hungry kid is not a happy kid. Even little babies need to drink right before you head into the sky. This will not only give them something to do, but it can actually help them pop their ears when they are up at higher altitudes.

Make sure you follow these 4 tips to keep your kids happy during a flight. Don’t just leave things up to chance, because we all know how that goes in the end -- and you aren’t the only one on the plane either! By preplanning, you insure that your trip will be successful every time!

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