This week, we brought our kids on their very first airplane ride
as we headed down to Florida. The boys are 2 and 4 and I think I
had more nervousness than most parents as I started to pack our
bags and prepare for the long flight. To get ready for the plane
ride, here are some tips, tricks, and pins I used to help.
1 The Three C's (sort of): Calm, Courteous, don't Care
In all circumstances, try to remain as calm as possible. When
you're nervous, your kids sense that. Just relax and try to help
them enjoy the ride! Be courteous of other passengers. Try not to
pack the toy that drives you batty at home since on a plane, you
likely can't just hide it in a closet or toss it to the other room
and hope they don't see. Finally, try not to care about what others
think. It's unrealistic for children to never fly on a plane and
ultimately, the curmudgeon in the corner that scowls because your
child loudly proclaims excitement at the journey isn't worth a
second thought from you.
This pin will give you helpful information for how to tell your
kids about flying, what kinds of things are involved, and a little
more about traveling. I found that having conversations about the
sounds of the plane and what we might experience going through
security definitely helped to prepare them.
activities & games
Prepare an airplane bag with new toys, snacks, treats, and some
fun new games and activities. Half the battle is trying to keep
them occupied to pass the time. Sometimes, if you have a layover,
you might be able to even have them view the cockpit and talk to
the pilot -- all of which adds to the excitement of the ride!
Bringing snacks was a lifesaver for us. Placing all the sealed
snacks in a Ziploc beforehand made security a breeze and the kids
were then quickly entertained with a few treats throughout the
flight. I also didn't have to worry about finding food right away
once we were off the plane because they had just had a light snack
If you have an iAnything, a Kindle or smartphone, those will be
great in a pinch when you really need to make it through that last
time period. Our boys were great the whole time, got a bit antsy
and the games helped to keep them quiet and occupied.
What are your tips for flying with kids? Share or pin with us
over at Chicago
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