Travel with Kids

9 posts / 0 new
Last post
Joined: 06/18/11
Posts: 1425
Travel with Kids

Hi All,

Looking for some advice.

In a few days I am taking my kids on their first flight. It is only about 4 hours or so long in the afternoon. My kids are 5, 7, and 9.

Please give me any pointers that you can...

I have flown a million times, but I just have no clue how to keep them happy.

Thanks in advance!!!

Joined: 01/06/03
Posts: 1175

I flew internationally by myself with my dd (then not-quite Dirol a couple years ago... it was, with the layover, about 14 or 15 hours. I took lots of books/colouring and activity books for her but honestly she didn't spend a lot of time with them... most of her time was spent watching the movies available on the plane, so if that's available on your flight that will definitely help Smile For us it also helped that our flights were overnight so she also slept a good portion of it Wink

LauraT's picture
Joined: 03/07/02
Posts: 272

my kids just turned 8. Ds will play his DS for the entire flight (7 hours of flight time in May). Dd plays her DS, draws, listens to my iPod (I load kids music on it for trips), reads. Bring lots of non-messy snacks. I usually have snack size containers of goldfish, grapes, granola bars. When the kids were younger, I would bring bribes - lollipops for good behavior. Smile

Jenn0113's picture
Joined: 03/09/07
Posts: 5335

When I flew with my DS he wasn't even 2 yet. I just brought several new toys (cars, coloring books, colors, etc) that he had never seen as well as lots of snacks. He was perfectly content for a few hours and never made a peep.

Joined: 06/18/11
Posts: 1425

Thanks all.

Great idea, about the DS. Both the older boys have one. There is video offered on flight so that will help too...

As far as snacks go... does these have to be in sealed containers? Or can I put grapes and carrots, etc in individual size snack baggies? My kids aren't really used to a lot of prepackaged snacks. We eat a lot of fresh fruit/ veggies.

Starryblue702's picture
Joined: 04/06/11
Posts: 5454

Yep, Nintendo DS is a Godsend lol! Keeps mine quiet on my 8 hour drives to Idaho every time we go!

Joined: 01/06/03
Posts: 1175

"DreamingBig" wrote:

As far as snacks go... does these have to be in sealed containers? Or can I put grapes and carrots, etc in individual size snack baggies? My kids aren't really used to a lot of prepackaged snacks. We eat a lot of fresh fruit/ veggies.

I don't know about domestic flying but I do know international you can't take fruit/veggies... so I would call and check beforehand.

LauraT's picture
Joined: 03/07/02
Posts: 272

I've brought grapes in a gladware container in the past without a problem. I always use gladware for goldfish crackers, too so they don't get squished.

We usually get the kids a new ds game specifically for the flight. Nothing like a new game to keep them occupied. Smile

carg0612's picture
Joined: 09/23/09
Posts: 1554

I agree on the Nintendo DS - we had our kids bring theirs when we flew to Orlando from Ohio last fall with a 9,7,7,4, year olds a one 6 month old. Bring headphones though - no one else wants to hear the games and the kids (at least ours) don't like to turn the sound off.

We brought granola bars and goldfish to snack on.

You can also bring an empty drinking container and fill it from the drinking fountain after the security check. Saves money instead of buying the way over priced bottled water. We had each child with their own back pack and a water mug with lid that attached to the bag with a carabeener (sp?). That way they could carry their own stuff. We told them that whatever they packed they had to be willing to carry themselves.

We also had the kids bring a light sweatshirt in case they got chilly on the flight or needed a "pillow" - they all used them.

Other items we included were a notebook and pencil, a favorite (small) stuffed toy, and a couple of other small toys (like action figures etc).

GL - I'm sure it will go great!!!