Flying with Happy Kids: Tips to Keep Them Smiling on a Plane

September 14, 2023

Flying with Happy Kids: Tips to Keep Them Smiling on a Plane

Flying with kids can be an adventure in itself! Whether you’re heading off on a family vacation or visiting loved ones, keeping your little ones happy and entertained on a plane is essential for a smooth and enjoyable journey. At Childhealthy, we understand the joys and challenges of traveling with children, so we’ve compiled some family-oriented tips to help you keep your kids happy during those soaring hours.

  1. Plan Ahead for a Smooth Journey:

Preparation is the key to a stress-free flight. Involve your children in the travel planning process and discuss the adventure that awaits them. Pack their favourite toys, books, and comfort items to keep them engaged and reassured throughout the journey.

  1. Bring On-the-Go Snacks:

Hunger can quickly turn a joyful child into a grumpy one. Pack a variety of healthy snacks in easy-to-reach containers, such as sliced fruits, granola bars, or sandwiches. Chewing and swallowing can also help with ear pressure during take-off and landing.

  1. Unleash Creativity with Art and Activities:

Encourage your child’s creativity and imagination by bringing along a travel-sized art kit with crayons, colouring books, and stickers. Engaging in fun activities can distract them from the long flight and keep their spirits high.

  1. Screen Time Sensibly:

While it’s tempting to let kids watch movies or play games on electronic devices, monitor their screen time and ensure they take breaks to stretch and move around. Many airlines offer kid-friendly entertainment options that are perfect for in-flight amusement.

  1. Turn Seat Time into Family Time:

Use the flight as an opportunity to bond as a family. Play simple games, share stories, or create fun quizzes related to your destination. Involving everyone in interactive activities will make the journey more enjoyable for all.

Common Questions About Keeping Kids Happy on a Plane:

How can I handle my child’s fear of flying?

It’s natural for some children to feel anxious about flying. Reassure them that flying is safe and exciting. Bring along their favourite comfort items and engage in calming activities like deep breathing together.

What can I do if my child becomes restless during the flight?

Restlessness is common during long flights. Encourage your child to walk up and down the aisle (when safe) or do some gentle stretching. Engaging in fun games and interactive activities can also help pass the time.

Are there any travel toys that are suitable for both toddlers and older kids?

Yes! Consider bringing versatile toys like building blocks, magnetic puzzles, or travel-sized board games that can be enjoyed by kids of different ages.

Can I carry baby food and formula through security?

Absolutely! Baby food, formula, and breast milk are allowed in reasonable quantities through security. Notify the airport security about these items, and they’ll undergo screening separately.

How can I encourage my child to sleep during a night flight?

Create a cozy sleep environment by packing their favourite blanket and pillow. Stick to your child’s regular bedtime routine as much as possible, and dim the lights to signal bedtime. Soft lullabies or white noise can also help them drift off to dreamland.

With a little preparation and creativity, flying with kids can be an enjoyable experience for the whole family. By keeping them happy and engaged during the flight, you’ll arrive at your destination with smiles and excitement, ready to embark on new adventures together. At Childhealthy, we wish you safe and happy travels with your little ones! Bon voyage!

Will you need travel vaccinations for your children?

Travel vaccines are not available for all children via the UK immunisation schedule. Childhealthy offers all vaccinations to protect your child including all those on the UK immunisation schedule and international schedules. Take a look at the list of vaccinations that we offer.

Please contact us via the contact page on our website or book online, and we can book your child in for vaccination at a time that suits you.


Disclaimer: Information contained in this article is intended as general advice and does not replace a medical assessment. If you are concerned about your child, please contact your doctor for advice.


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