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Let’s face it, those of us who are parents who want to take our kids on a plane have thought of this scenario….. Kid screaming, small area…. Everyone staring at us, thinking “Why did you bring that kid on the plane??” My oldest, is up the entire plane ride and I need to keep him occupied, so a couple of years ago I brought my twins for the first time on a plane and I was so nervous. I lucked out and they are for the most part like me, sleepers. However when they were up they needed something to do. Here’s my “survival kit” for all of boys.
Each boy gets to take their backpack. Most importantly I bring along their Ipad and headphones. My oldest is now 14, so I just make sure that I have my MyCharge battery pack and all is well for him. Now, the younger ones, well electronics may or may not occupy them entire plane ride. So this is where the creativity comes into play.
I love the local Dollar Store. I stop and get a couple of coloring\activity books. Each boy gets one along with some crayons. I usually put some crayons in a baggie. Not a lot about 5 or 6. Your local Target\Michaels has an awesome Dollar area as well. They usually have some type of activity that the kids will like that can be added into the backpack. I also add in a notebook, with a pen or pencil so that they can draw or write if they want to. Plus who doesn’t love a few quick games of Tic Tac Toe? Hang man is still a favorite for us and the boys are 10. Another sure favorite is a deck of cards, you can play just about any kind of card game from Go Fish to Solitare.
Snacks are always great on a plane. Let’s face we all like them. Just don’t bring anything greasy or sugary. The worse thing is to have someone with an upset stomach or a kid hopped up on sugar while in a confined area. I usually bring goldfish crackers. They are a hit with the kids. I also bring the goldfish graham cracker fish. Sometimes you can get the graham crackers that are made into letters and you can make a game out of those while they are eating, double score! As far as drinks are concerned, I usually go with water. Again sugary drinks gets the kids all hyper, which is what I want to stay away from as a parent.
Don’t forget their favorite stuffed animal, and a neck pillow. If they still have a small blanket that you can fit into the backpack do that as well. You may just luck out and they take a nice long nap while on the plane.
And most of all don’t forget your sense of humor. We’ve all been there at one time or another, and we all made it to our destination. Happy travels!
Tina Moczynski is a member of the GTN network. And loves to travel with both her husband and her three boys.