Finally, summer is here and vacations most likely mean there are trips to take. If your travel plans include airplanes and children we have 7 Tips to Keep Kids Happy on a plane! After all, it is time to have fun and know that everything will be alright. Focus on making good happy memories and taking in all your summer plans!
This is not a sponsored post. Nevertheless, we do highlight our friends from Emirates Airline
7 Tips to Keep Kids Happy On A Plane
I have a running countdown for every trip we take regardless of destination. Yet, I seriously look forward to those that involved flying through the clouds. The excitement of going through the clouds does it for me every time. So, I want to enjoy it fully and not have to deal with not so cool moments like dealing with cranky kids or having a screaming match. That said, a little planning can minimize frazzled parents or anyone acting up (including the eye-rolling fellow passengers) with these Tips to Keep Kids Happy on a Plane:
Don’t be that parent. I know we all want the kids to spend less screen time, especially when on vacation. But, tablets are our traveling friends in the waiting rooms, especially when the ugly delays rear in their heads. Make sure they are loaded with fun games and movies for your kids’ preferences. If you fly Emirates, you are in luck. The onboard award-winning entertainment system offers over 100 games, non-stop kid-friendly movies, and colorful headphones.
Fly as early or late as possible:
If you fly early in the day it is your best chance to avoid delays. Flights are less busy in the morning and everyone just wants to nap during the flight. Late flights make it easier for kids to fall biologically fall asleep.
Cool mom tip: have a chocolate or special treat for the flight attendant that your kid can give them as you board. It’s a charm!
There is no such thing as too many wipes and sanitizer when you travel period. Wipe everything down to keep germs at bay. On a plane space is limited and accidents happen. Don’t be forced to sit in a sticky place because of them. Make kids use shoes to use the bathroom.
Candy is your friend:
Controlled measured amounts of candy, that it 🙂 Candy and lollipops are great to help kids ease ear pressure during take off and landing. It avoids for understandably fuzzy kids. Have an infant? The bottle or breastfeeding do the trick too to cope with altitude changes.
Be amazed at flying!
While a common thing, flying is amazing! Let yourself be marveled by it and share it with the kids. Roleplay, be a pilot for a day or pay close attention to what the flight attendant is doing. Spy on the clouds and name what images you see.
Make sure everyone is wearing comfortable clothes and shoes for the trip. Once you are seated, buckle up. Not too tight, not too loose. Do layers and avoid buttons, laces, and zippers when possible. Little ones might enjoy a cuddly friend during the flight. Emirates has the cutest wild animals onboard that make the perfect travel friends.
Tame the eye-rollers
I will never forget this my friend said to me once: an adult having an issue with a screaming child is acting like a child too. Parents do try and try hard. Be patient and try not to engage. As a matter of fact, win them over with kindness. I bought drinks for our fellow passengers in the rows in front and behind us when I had a rowdy little one. Poor baby was always colicky. You won’t have to do this onboard Emirates business class which features a social area where you can help yourself to premium snacks and beverage during the flight.
Choose The Right Partner
Just like with everything else in life, you need to be choosy and select the best for your family. Emirates Airline offers so much for children that there is little chance for anyone to get bored (including parents)
- special kid in-flight meals
- Lonely planet kid packs to inspire tomorrow’s explorers
- Pose for a flight attendant! Capture the moment and take home a framed picture of your Emirates flight.
If you fly in and out of Dubai, make sure to use the family check-in desk and make use of the complimentary strollers to discover the airport.
Cool mom tip: you can check in your luggage 24 hours prior to your flight with Emirates.
I am soooooo packing my bags already! So, tell me, where will you fly next with your children?