Monday, January 17, 2011

How to prepare yourself and your kids for a long flight

What you do before you go on a long flight with your children is a very important part of your trip. Even just a little bit of planning and preparation before can go a long way.

  • Talk to your children about what will happen on the trip. Try to explain in a step-by-step fashion what will happen at the airport and on the plane.
  • Talk to your kids about how they should behave at the airport and on the plane. If they're old enough, try to explain the concept of security zones and that there are some places in airports and on planes where you are not allowed to go.
  • Read books about airplanes. Prepare yourself to answer questions about wing-flaps, conveyor belts, and strange noises during take-off and landing, among other things.
  • Try to make it all sound fun and exciting, especially if your children are anxious about flying or going away. For example, planning what to bring in their hand-luggage can be a big thrill for children. And if you have to take more than one flight to reach your destination, try to make that sound exciting too. After all, not all children are lucky enough to fly several airplanes in one day!

Even with all the preparation in the world, your children likely won’t do what you ask of them for the entire trip, but knowing more of what to expect will make it easier for them and for you.

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  1. Great post Maria! I totally agree that prepping the kids by reading books and going through what's going to happen step by step is the best way to get kids ready. Don't forget the snacks! -Katy

    1. Thank you! And yes: snacks are a must. Nothing gnarlier than hungry kids on a long flight...

  2. Nice post. Thanks for sharing this.

  3. I wrote a post specifically on long-haul flights with toddlers that might interest you, here's the link: Your site is great!


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