As parents who have spent the past decade traipsing around the world with our sometimes excited, well behaved and self-sufficient and sometimes tired, cranky and non-compliant children we know that by FAR the most difficult parts of our journey are always the flights! Lets face it sitting in tiny, cramped quarters for hours while changing time zones, dealing with turbulence, being told when we can and cannot go to the bathroom all while getting dirty looks from strangers is NOT fun for any of us.
In an effort to make these flights slightly more tolerable for the kids and lets be honest ourselves we have come up with a list of top 5 items that will save your sanity on the next flight.
This fun and innovative suitcase fits within carry-on standard 20 x 18 x 10 inches dimension requirements of scheduled, charter and low cost airlines. While the spacious 14.75 gallon capacity leaves plenty of room to pack it full of your child’s toys, games, books and spare clothes needed on vacation. We have used these for years with each of our kids and found them the perfect travel companion.
Although we try to limit the screen time in our house when we travel this device is an absolute Must-Have! New purchases come with a 1 year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited subscription that provides content specifically targeted for kids ages 3-12. Stocked with over 15,000 age appropriate books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games you can rest assured that your kids are safely entertained. We particularly love the individual child profiles which allow us to set bedtime curfews and employ tighter controls on screen time and content. With Learn First, you can block access to videos and games until educational targets such as reading goals are met.
A an absolute must so that your kids can enjoy their videos, games and music without disrupting the other passengers or their siblings. We particularly like the safe 85 decibel volume limit so your child won’t be exposed to sounds much louder than a home garbage disposal. They also come with an adjustable headband for a universal fit, in-line microphone and easy volume controls and are made from environmentally friendly materials. Win-Win for the planet and your kids.
This awesome E-Writer allows your little Einsteins to draw pictures, practice writing letters, spell sight words, solve math problems or play games. Erase your image with the touch of a button – and a friendly flash from the liquid crystal display. Best part is that the sealed 3V watch battery never needs replacing. The Boogie Board tablet is 1/8″ thin and is easily fits in backpacks and carryons. The Boogie Board tablet’s pressure-sensitive LCD writing surface creates lines of different thickness based on how hard you push – just like paper and pen.
Our two kids have slept through Trans-Atlantic flights for hours as a result of having this amazing pillow. Although there are many other similar products we prefer this one as it folds up nicely when not in use and doesn’t require a pump to inflate. The Travel Pillow is designed to help your child spread out when they sleep rather than lie across their parents, siblings and other passengers.
After lugging around car seats and boosters from state to state and country to country, often forgetting them or intentionally leaving them in the airports because we got tired of transporting ONE MORE item we fell in love with this brilliant invention. More than 10x smaller than a regular booster seat and just as safe, this advanced, compact, and portable booster seat is designed for kids aged 4 and up, 40 to 100 lbs, and 40 to 57 inches tall. Fold it up and pack it in your child’s backpack, trunkie or glove compartment
Nothing is more aggravating than realizing your phone, computer or much needed tech accessory is out of battery on a long flight. While some airlines have outfitted their planes with in seat charging many others are sadly behind the times. We recommend this cool little deceive which is equipped with advanced PD technology and provides fast charging for any of your USB Type C-enabled device (USB C cable or lightning to USB C cable is not included ). Your iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X could be fully charged in a few minutes
Do you ever catch a glimpse of your kids sleeping in cars or on planes with their heads bobbing precariously up and down and wonder “how can they sleep like that”! Well wonder no more because this neck pillow is truly designed with kids anatomy in mind. It offers chin, neck and entire head support, keeping the head from bobbing and allowing them (and you) to get longer periods of restful sleep.
This perfectly sized, endless entertainment logic game is a great alternative to electronics for both mid and long haul flights. It Contains 40 challenges ranging from beginner to expert that become increasingly difficult as you play through.
10. Some Good Books
Nothing beats reading to your children. Whether a quick 2 hour jaunt or an 8 hour overnight flight, bring some good books and use this time to connect with your children, grow their imaginations and help them seethe world in a new light.
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