Do you read reviews before buying a product online? What about asking your friends for advice on a good movie to see or new restaurants to try?
So many of our decisions are based on the experiences of others. Our friends and family and even random strangers help inform our decision making!
That’s what happened in Guidepost Parent when one parent asked for advice on traveling with children. He writes, “We’re worried our three year old son might get restless on the plane.” Parents wrote in with their suggestions. Here are some “crowdsourced” best practices for traveling with children!
Pack a Backpack
Guidepost Parent user @Naz writes, “Recently went travelling with my 2. A 2.5yo and 5yo. Pack a small backpack with packaged snacks (tiny teddies/cookies, fruit squares, lollipops for air pressure, cake bars or muesli bars… Something fun that they would enjoy), colouring books, sticker books and a couple of new toys they might enjoy. Bring out each item as they start to get restless. It’ll keep them occupied, especially if you’re waiting around a lot or have delays. Pack an extra jumper and a zip lock bag with a full change of clothes. Also a pram blanket – they might prefer it to the plane one.”
Plan Some Fun
@adkattelmann suggests, “Fun craft items to take on a plane are chenille stems (pipe cleaners). My children enjoy bending, twisting, and creating with them in flight. Plus, they are lightweight, require little space in the backpack, clean up easily, and aren’t a huge loss if you decide to throw them away.”
Tablet with Games
@malaihearts says, “I recently travelled with my son alone for 2 flights, 25 hours in total. Highly recommend a tablet with interactive games, snacks, sticker activity books and the best advise I was given was to take wall decals that are removable. These were a huge lifesaver and also helped other parents in the flight.”
Finally, @bonda has advice, “I’d recommend finding flight times that are during nap times. If you have any new toys for him, wait till during the flight to unveil them. Agreeing on a shift with your partner also helps so one of you can sleep (if it’s a long flight) while the other keeps him entertained.”
Hopefully these suggestions from other parents give you the inspiration you need for your next trip with your family. Do you have any other ideas? Join the discussion in Guidepost Parent chat!
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