HERE ARE 5 TRIED AND TRUE TIPS TO SAVE THE DAY
Select a chapter book that your kids are really interested in and begin reading right before your trip, but hold on to the suspense. Keep the last chapter or two until your plane travel has begun. Your kids are sure to sit quietly listening as you finish up a well loved story.
Create a Mystery Travel Box. All of these boxes can be found on Etsy. My favorite is the last one which I used repeatedly over the many years we traveled.
Fill your box with all sorts of items. Old Maid and Fish card games, Travel Password or Travel Yahtzee. Word games for kids are also fun to stick in. Bubble gum, licorice or dried fruits will capture their sweet tooth without making a mess. Add Sports Illustrated for Kids, National Geographic for kids, American Girl Magazine or a paperback copy of their desired book. Younger kids enjoy plastic army men, animals or dolls. Small notebooks and crayons or drawing pencils should be included in each box. Add an item or two that is of interest to that child only. One caveat – these should be items children can enjoy while in their seats. Clue: Kids only get to remove one item at a time, every 30 minutes or so, depending on the length of the trip. Make it a game. They reach in with eyes closed and pull out their one new treat. Kids take turns so that they can show siblings what they got.
Provide your kids with their very own Travel Journal. You can make this in advance out of any notebook or folder. Take a moment to put their names on them and the dates of travel. Once on the plane, have your child enter their first recording. If your kids are not old enough to write, help them. Write or ask them to write about what they hope to do and who they want to see on this trip. Make sure that they either add a drawing then or leave space for a picture to be added later.
If you are taking a lengthy trip give your kids a small map so that they can chart out their trip. Older kids can point out to their younger siblings just where they are going.
Dress your kids appropriately. That is, make sure that they are going to be comfortable and not fidgeting with clothing not meant for traveling. Kids are sure to spill on themselves as the plane or train bumps about. Save yourself the heart ache of seeing your daughter's favorite dress covered with lunch. If necessary, bring "nice" clothes to change them into prior to landing. And little ones are more likely to snuggle down if you have put a small, stuffed animal in their travel box. Something soft to sleep with but also small enough to tuck back into the travel box.