Getting excited kids to sleep on a plane - especially when its not dark outside and the flight is packed - is no mean feat but requesting a bassinet for a younger child pre-flight can help baby and parents get a decent rest on board.
For older kids, ear plugs and fun eye masks are a worthy investment and small enough to squeeze into your carry-on bag. Even if you don’t have a baby, oversized baby wraps are also ideal to use as blankets while travelling as they’re lightweight and easy to roll up.
Ditch the junk
Airport food courts offer a myriad of dining options these days but filling your overexcited little ones up on sweet treats and fast food pre-flight isn’t the best idea.
Not only will the kids be hyperactive the minute they get on-board, they could end up reaching for the vomit bags faster than you can say sugar high, which makes the flight unpleasant for the whole family – and the passengers in the next aisle.
Ditch the ‘no tech’ rule
When it comes to flying, the usual parenting rules do not apply.
If you get the kids on and off the plane in one piece without tearing your hair out and with minimal disruption, it doesn’t matter if they have more screen time that they’ve had in an entire year during the flight.
Uploading their favourite shows and movies or interactive apps to a tablet can be a lifesaver and stop the kids cutting laps up and down the aisles and kicking the seats in front of them.
Surprise and delight
There’s no doubt well-travelled parents are prepared parents.
Arm yourself with loads of lightweight activities for the plane such as travel-sized games - colouring in books, card games and storybooks.
One way to buy time – and keep the kids happy - is to wrap up a couple of inexpensive new surprise gifts that they can unwrap and play with on the plane or use during the trip and present them mid-flight.