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Kids stuff for long plane journeys..

Ok we've been on planes before with the kids but not for quite a few years, it's to the UK and we are moving there so it's quite a long flight. The kids range from 22 months to 8 years old. Including a baby but obviously keeping her entertained seems like an easier prospect. Anyone have ideas on how to keep them entertained and what to pack with us? I think I've got most things on my list but probably not everything they could take.

 
HNK11

Asked by HNK11 at 9:43 AM on Jan. 18, 2009 in Travel

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  • We flew from Chicago to Germany with three kids. The youngest had just turned 5 a month before, middle was 6 and oldest turned 8 4 days before. We wondered the same thing. And so we packed them each a duffel bag for the flight. What did they use? Well lets see. The youngest played her leapster for about, oh, 5 minutes. The middle child used her bag as a catch all for her lunch. Never opened it. And the oldest used her journal and pen for a whopping ten minutes. Really. That was it. The rest of the flight they listened to the radio stations, watched movies and talked. And getting those bags on and off the plane was a royal pain. They did NOT carry their own carry on! Cont...
    southenrmunchkn

    Answer by southenrmunchkn at 4:27 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • So that said, here is what we plan on packing next summer for the long flight back.

    ONE carry on for the kids. Not one each, one total. In it, earphones (the ones they provided were not good, hurt their little ears), three books, one coloring book and a small box of crayons, their diaries, something small to snack on (fruit snacks, crackers something like that), a deck of cards and their MP3 players.

    They will each carry their stuffed animal that they can't sleep without. But that's it.
    southenrmunchkn

    Answer by southenrmunchkn at 4:32 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • oh! And just a suggestion. We also packed a small backpack (on top in one of the suitcases so it could be easily accessed) with a toothbrush, toothpaste, wash cloth, underpants, socks and a clean shirt. When we arrived we had plenty of time to go to the rest room and get freshened up before we had to catch the bus to post. Made us all a little less crabby after the long, sleepless flight to at least be semi-clean. Good luck with the move!
    southenrmunchkn

    Answer by southenrmunchkn at 4:35 PM on Jan. 18, 2009