December 15, 2011

How to Take Long, Stress-free Flights with Children

**This is a guest post written by Mr. Logan**

My wife and I are the proud parents of a ten-year-old daughter and an eight-year-old son. We’ve been traveling all over the world with our children since they were babies. So, we know how difficult taking long trips with young children can be, whether you take a long trip in the car, on a plane, on a boat, or on a jet charter. We consider ourselves experts now at keeping our kids calm and collected while traveling, even when we have to take a 12-hour flight somewhere.

Here are five tips to help you easily fly across the globe with your kids in tow:

1. Book your flight as late in the day as you possibly can. If your plane leaves at 7 p.m. or 8 p.m., your children will be a lot more likely to sleep through most, if not all, of the flight. If your children sleep through the flight, there’s obviously less of a chance for stressful situations to arise.

2. If you know that your children become anxious before or during a flight, do some breathing exercises with them. This may seem silly at first, but it can really help. Just taking several deep breaths in and out will calm your children (and you) down.

3. Always have things for your kids to do on the plane. You should have coloring books, regular books, and small toys on hand. Having stuff for your kids to do on the plane will help prevent them from getting bored, acting up, and feeling anxious.

4. If your children begin to misbehave on the plane ride, offer them incentives to change their behavior. For instance, you could offer to buy them a souvenir if they behaved well for the duration of the plane ride.

5. Prepare for jetlag. Children’s bodies are very sensitive to shifts in sleeping patterns. It may take them a few days to adjust to the time change. So, don’t be surprised if your kids start yawning while the family is out sightseeing!