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Long flight with Kids - help!

by hotelmountain »

  1. Check in early so you get the best seats. The front row is the best because it has the most leg room.
  2. Plan to get to the airport two hours before you depart.
  3. Be prepared and remember to stay patient. If you’re calm, your kids will be too.
  4. Buy new toys from the dollar store.
  5. Pack coloring books with crayons in ziploc bags.
  6. Bring a variety of healthy snacks.
  7. Divide the books and snacks into small bags so you can pull them out at different times. You can even wrap the toys to make it more fun.
  8. Give your baby a bottle or pacifier for take off so their ears don’t hurt. Starbursts work great for older kids.
  9. Bring a favorite blanket or stuffed animal.
  10. Pack ziploc bags for messy diapers.
  11. Bring an extra pair of clothes in case.
  12. Take along an iPad or Kindle with children’s books and/or shows with headphones.
  13. Bring melatonin if it’s a really long flight to help the kids sleep.
  14. Buy a few packs of stickers to keep their hands busy for a little while.
  15. Dress up silly magnet faces.
  16. Pull lace through shapes or string cheerios on a necklace.
  17. Play with finger puppets.

RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by yostwl »

Concerning #13 on the list--melatonin.  Years ago someone suggested that I try melatonin to ease jet lag.  Fortunately, I decided to try it at home before leaving on our trip--I'd read about some of the potential side effects.  Sure enough, that night I had night terrors for the only time in my life.  It was an awful night for me and my wife. The rest of the melatonin went to local drug recycling center.


RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by bradclavin »

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RE: Long flight with Kids - help!

by /bio/pauline-frommer »

I always found cheerios to be very helpful. You can make little patters with them for the 22 month old to pick up and eat. There's also a picture book called "The Mice of Mr. Bryce" (if I'm remembering correctly) that has lots of doors to open and activities to do. Will keep the 4 year old busy as will pipe clearners , play dough and some other simple toys. Its about being prepared!

Best of luck! It probably won't be that bad.


Pauline Frommer