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Top tips on flying with your children

Travelling on a plane with children can be somewhat of a chore at times. Boredom can set in and this can lead to mischief and madness. Luckily, there are many ways to keep them entertained.

Aeroplane activities for kids during a flight

Before you board the plane, you need to ensure all of your seats are together. This will make it a lot easier to keep your children entertained and reduce the chances of them potentially annoying other passengers.

Once you're all sat together, there are many activities to keep your children occupied.

  • Use the onboard flight entertainment
  • Children-friendly apps on your phone
  • Music
  • Toys (for younger children)
  • Bring snacks
  • Stretch your legs, have a walk down the aisle
  • Make friends with other parents and their children

Generally speaking, you won't want to bring any messy activities that you'll have to clean up later. If your child loves to draw, download a drawing app on your tablet or phone and get a tablet-friendly pen.

How to keep them calm during the flight

Plan for naps - Getting your child to settle down for a nap will give you some much-needed respite, use the blankets and pillows provided to help them get comfortable.

Reassure - Flying can be a strange experience for a child, particularly if it's their first time. Talk through all of the strange noises, from the seatbelt light to the crew announcements so they feel comfortable.

Wear your comfy clothes - Fashion isn't important here, your children should wear their most comfortable clothing, pyjamas if necessary!

There are so many places in the world that are great for kids to see and explore. Combine this with affordable air travel, and the world is your oyster. You can go to a new country for a long weekend and take advantage of affordable rates without a problem. The only thing you need to worry about is how to minimise the stress you experience when you go, having the right travel insurance can cover a lot of bases.

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