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How to Keep Kids Occupied During a Flight

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Anyone who has ever flown with kids knows what a challenge it can be.  Unfortunately airplanes do not offer child care – that job is all yours!  So what do you do with your little munchkins while you are in the air for hours?

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Bring their favorite books – Whether it’s reading, coloring books, magazines or activity books, it doesn’t matter.  It’s something that’s going to get their attention and keep their bottoms in that seat as long as possible!  Don’t tell your kids that you are bringing them along, sneak them onto the plane so that its a complete surprise.

Handheld Games – Gone are the days when all you could do with Nintendo was make Mario and Luigi run across the screen. There are many educational games for handheld devices, as well as apps for schoolkids so make the most of the technology and keep your kids happy and quiet at the same time!

Pack some of their favorite snacks – You know what they like to munch on so make sure you pack plenty of snacks.  It goes without saying but avoid sugary foods as these will only make them more hyperactive and you won’t be able to stop them running up and down the aisles!

Bring your laptop – Provided the airline allows you to and has internet access, bring your laptop on board so that you can visit different children’s websites where you can find a host of online educational games and activities. Research and bookmark the best sites before taking off.

CD, DVD, or MP3 Players – A great way of occupying a child while on a plane is CDs, DVDs, or MP3 players, loaded with children’s songs and of course films.

Whatever you do, plan it beforehand and you’ll have a stress-free flight!

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Anita Choudhary is a freelance writer and travel blogger based in New Delhi, India. She loves to travel and has traveled extensively in India. Exploring new places, reading and writing are her hobbies.

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