Taking children on an airplane journey can be a nightmare - particularly if it's long haul - for both you, the parent, and any fellow passengers. Children are easily bored, and when the novelty of being in the air wears off, you will most likely find yourself with an overly energetic child trapped in a confined space.
It's a nightmare start to a holiday, and the disgruntled moans of other travelers won't help the situation or your mood. So here's some essential tips to surviving an airplane journey with a small child:
- Use a variety of distractions
If you were just planning the journey for adults, a simple book or magazine would be plenty to occupy your attention for the entire flight. Unfortunately, children have notoriously short attention spans, so you need to vary the things you take in your on-board baggage.
Books and magazines are a good idea if your child is so inclined, but also take small travel games such as chess or Connect 4. Coloring books are also a good idea, and a plain sheet of white paper and some crayons also work well. Having a variety of options for keeping your child stimulated should help the situation immensely.
- Don't let your child get close to a tantrum.
If a child is becoming bored and / or moody, you'll be able to sense it coming. In a small space like on board an air craft, it's important you don't let their mood develop in to a full-on tantrum. Distract them immediately with the above items, or strike up a conversation about the things you're going to do on holiday - whatever it takes to keep their spirits high, and yourself sane!