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3 Best Ways to keep children occupied on a long haul flight

by | February 10, 2019

Wondering about how to keep children occupied on a long haul flight? Here are some helpful tips.

A single long haul flight is usually a cheaper and much less stressful option when it comes to traveling, especially with children. If you’re lucky, your child will at least take a nap during the trip but sometimes, that isn’t the case. With minimal planning, you (and other passengers on the plane) can rest assured knowing that your child will have painless flying experience. Here are some easy tips to keep children occupied on a long haul flight.

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How to keep children occupied on a long haul flight

Research in-flight entertainment provided by the airline beforehand

Depending on which airline you fly with and the duration of your trip, certain types of entertainment may be provided. For example with my airline, we can choose between a few dozen movies and shows and a handful of games which you can play on the screen in front of you. Some of the games I’ve seen provided are digital jigsaw puzzles, solitaire, and a pretty fun angry birds knock-off. There are usually a fair amount of kid-friendly movies and shows available, so just be sure to bring your own set of comfortable headphones. In-flight entertainment helps tremendously to keep children occupied on a long haul flight.

Pack different types of entertainment

Instead of grabbing a few books and calling it a day, think about bringing a few different ways to keep your child entertained. This may mean packing a deck of cards, a doll or stuffed toy, a coloring book, and a handheld game. This is a great method because once they’re bored with one thing, there will be something new to play with.

Keep their eyes on the prize

As the hours pass, it’s normal for both you and your child to begin feeling a little cranky. By continuing to keep their focus on the destination (whether it be to see Grandma on the other side of the world or to an exciting new country) you can replace impatience with excitement. You can do destination-fueled activities together like learning new words in Spanish or perfecting your itinerary. This tip is especially helpful during the last leg of the trip which is the hardest by far.

Got more suggestions on ways to keep children occupied on a long haul flight? Let me know in the comments below.

Gabriella Anaya

News Editor | Limoges, France | [email protected]

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