Holidays are an exciting time for the whole family, especially when you get to travel on a plane. Travelling on an aeroplane does present a unique challenge for parents when it comes to entertaining their children.
If you’re wondering how to keep your kids entertained on an aeroplane, you’ve come to the right place. In this guide, you’ll find our best tips and tricks to help you survive your next flight with your little ones!
Step 1: Speak to your kids
If this is the first time your children are flying, this is especially important as this will be a new and unfamiliar experience for them. They won’t know what to expect or how to behave. So, take the time to sit down with them and explain what’s expected of them so they are prepared.
Step 2: Plan your seating
The flight that you take will determine the seating options available. Try to have an even split of kids to parents as best you can so one parent isn’t overwhelmed if you are all travelling together. If you are travelling solo as a parent, sit in between your children or on the aisle side so you can prevent them from wandering.
Step 3: Prepare for the journey
Now it’s time to prepare for your journey. If you’re travelling long haul, there will likely be in-flight entertainment that you can take advantage of. Make sure to bring alternatives as your kids may want to do other things.
If you’re flying short-haul, you’ll need a few more carefully selected items such as a book or tablet. Make sure that if you bring a device, you download their favourite free kids cartoons for them to enjoy.
When choosing what to bring, make your kids part of the decision. For example, if you let them bring some toys, ask them to choose their favourite to bring with them.
Step 4: Charge everything
The night before you leave, ensure that everything has as much charge as possible. Be it phones, tablets, headsets, or any other device – there is nothing worse than arriving at the airport with devices that have no battery left.
Step 5: Be patient
Travelling can be an exercise in patience, so try your best to remain as calm as you can. If you’re travelling with your partner, be kind to one another and support each other as best you can. This will help to make the journey as soon as possible.
By following the steps in this guide, you’ll be ready to entertain your kids on an aeroplane.