Flying with your children can be stressful, difficult and and utterly chaotic. But it doesn’t have to be like that. With a bit of advance preparation and a few tricks up your sleeves, you can make family flying fun for both the kids and you. The most important thing to remember is that you are in charge of their experience. Don’t rely on the airlines to occupy your little ones. From faithful coloring books to portable electronics to strategic treats, here are the 10 best ways to make airplane rides fun for kids.
1. Let Them Bring Their Own Bag
Invest in a small wheeled bag meant for children and let them roll it along in the airport and on the plane. There’s something about having their own case that makes kids feel more grown up and self-reliant. Bonus, they won’t have to ask you whenever they need something from it. Pack their bag with bigger items they can play with just in case it dumps all over the floor mid-flight (a likely occurrence). Keep the snacks and smaller toys in your own carry-on bag so you can dole them out as needed.