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Flying with kids can be stressful, but it doesn't have to be with our tips. We travel on flights with our kids over 25 times a year and these tips keep everyone entertained and happy.
This year we have taken some pretty amazing vacations. We've gone by car to a few, but mostly we've been racking up the miles with plane travel. We have our longest flights coming up in just a couple weeks- 10+ hours to London from Los Angeles.
I like to think that we are pretty “go with the flow” travelers, but the reality is that there is a lot of planning that goes on behind the scenes to make it feel like we are “good to go” with whatever we have thrown at us.
When you are traveling with kids, the most important thing to do is to try to be prepared for all situations. That means making sure you have more than enough snacks in case they don't like the food served on the plane, you have to hang out on the tarmac for an extended period of time, or you experience any sort of delay. We have had all of these things happen to us and snacks and entertainment saved of our sanity and turned a pretty unfortunate situation into just another bump in the adventure.
Snacks are easy when it comes to packing. We always get to the airport early and we buy bottles of water for on the plane. Even though we fly in premium cabins, we always make sure we have our own water so that there is never a delay in accessing it. While we are picking up our water, we buy fresh snacks like fruit bowls, veggies, and salads. A couple of days before we buy packaged snacks too like protein bars, fruit strips, and granola bars. I used to way overpack these sorts of things, but now I have it down better what we can really consume and what everyone's favorite things are. When Emmy was a lot younger, I also would carry lollipops because those always sound good to her and because they take a while to consume… which makes time go by quicker for her. I'm not a huge sugar pusher so it was also a big treat that she looked forward to!
With snacks taken care of, entertainment is the next most important thing when it comes to smooth travels. The thing is, we can't be bogged down with books and magazines which are my kids' favorite things to read. There just isn't the space for them in our bags and we are trying to travel as light (literally) as possible.
I am even finding myself getting excited about our upcoming longer flight just because I will get some quiet time to do some reading and listening to music!