Remember the last time you got on a plane and a child sat near you?
For many people the first inclination is to think that it’s going to be a rough flight.
After all, children are notorious for acting up on planes, right?
In reality, there’s no reason for kids to have a bad time or act out during a flight. Here are a few tips to keep your kids and your fellow passengers happy on your next family flight:
Pack the right way
- Plan on each child carrying a backpack onto the plane. This is where you should put everything they’re going to need for the flight, from games and toys to keep them distracted to snacks. Let your child pick out some items to take along, and they’ll behave even better.
- Reduce your luggage load. You can pack all of your children’s clothes and necessary items in your luggage. The fewer big bags you have the better everything will go.
Set and keep a schedule
- Set a schedule for your flight a week in advance. Take plenty of time during the week to pack and prepare for the flight. Preparation should also include mental preparation for the kids, so they know what to expect and how to act.
- Be early for everything on your travel day. It’s much better to be way early than it is to be even a minute or two late. You should also keep this in mind when you’re booking the flight.
- Calm down. Travel can be stressful for kids and adults alike. Reach into yourself to get to the rock-solid zen state and use it to your advantage.
- Don’t forget to enjoy yourself. Traveling is incredibly exciting for youngsters. We should all approach flying as they do, with wonder and delight (for the most part).
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Logan is a guest author who writes about family dynamics and travel. He thinks the right attitude can make any flight enjoyable, from a private jet charter flight to a busy commercial flight.