What should I bring when flying with kids?

we are going to be traveling soon on a 4 hour flight. i need some good ideas to bring w/me to keep the kids entertained......


Asked by Margee30 at 11:06 PM on Dec. 26, 2008 in Travel

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  • can the older one do simple paper-and-pencil puzzles? There are fun books with puzzle games for kids. I wold also get crayons and paper so the kids can just draw.

    Maybe the nine-year-old can read to the four-year-old, if that is something you think they might do well together.

    Answer by mom2alan at 11:19 PM on Dec. 26, 2008

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  • Ohhhh. is it one flight for four hours? check your airline's webiste if it is. Your reservation should tell you what type of plane you are flying and the site should have a tab for "entertainment" and you may be able to see if there is going to be an in-flight movie and what it will be. (this only occurs on some types of planes and the flight must be at least 3 hours or something like that)

    I generally try to bring my own headphones in case the airline charges to "rent," but that should be on the website as well.

    Answer by mom2alan at 11:22 PM on Dec. 26, 2008

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  • Gum or suckers and something to drink (check the regulations for what types of liquid you can bring and how your allowed to carry it on) to help ease ear pain during take off and landing.
    A thin blanket from home... airline blankets can be scratchy and smell funny, wont be much help in calming a nervous or tired child down.
    NEW toys... even if its little dollar store things... keep them stashed (even warped like a gift) and disperse them slowly as the need for new entertainment arises... this will be very helpful if you get stuck sitting on the runway for any length of time.
    Do either of your kids have a hand held video game system.. it could be worth the money to get them a new game each and save it till your IN the plane.
    Books on tape and individual tape/cd player with head phones. You can borrow these from the library or make recordings of your childs favorite books.

    Answer by JamieFosters at 12:42 AM on Dec. 27, 2008

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  • how about some knock out pills? I'm a nervous flyer... JUST KIDDING!

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:57 AM on Dec. 27, 2008

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  • Buy them cheap toys and wrap them so that they can play with them in the plane. Take snacks, maybe those portable DVD players, etc. If you don't mind, a teaspoon of Benadril before the plane takesoff is also helpful and will keep them calmer, Sorry but it worked for me!

    Answer by Yve538 at 10:30 PM on Dec. 27, 2008

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  • I'm with some of the others. Benadril did help but first ask the Peds just to be on the safe side. My Peds was the one who suggested that to me and we had a 15 hr flight. Going International. I went flying during the night, but the times that they were up, gameboys and psp or any electronic games with headphones. Plus it worked while we were waiting to check in and board the plane. I'm an avid believer in gameboys only during those times. Good luck and have fun. Don't forget the recharger.

    Answer by arlschulz at 12:45 AM on Dec. 29, 2008

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  • I travelled a lot with my older daughter from the time she was about 7 months old. You shouldn't have too much trouble with the 9 year old, but the 4 year old might require a little extra attention. When my daughter was that age I always packed cheap surprises in brown paper bags to give to her periodically - some of the best were party favors from the party store and junk from the dollar store. We always took snacks, books, paper, coloring or puzzle books, crayons, pencils, and pipecleaners (you can make almost anything out of pipecleaners). Handheld video games or portable dvd players are also good, but I wouldn't go out and buy either if you don't already have them. 4 hours really shouldn't be too bad. Most kids are pretty excited about flying. Have fun!

    Answer by TweenAndTwinMom at 2:28 PM on Dec. 31, 2008

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