Let’s face it – no one likes long flights. You’re stuck 30,000 feet above the air for hours and hours, jammed in a cramped space (unless you’re lucky enough to upgrade to business class!), and the food is not that great. Luckily, you do have a chance to catch up on a lot of movies. But how else can you pass the time? How can you ensure that you arrive feeling decent (especially if you’re accompanying little ones!)
I’ll be taking yet another long haul flight (24+ hours) to central New York and then to San Francisco in a few weeks. It will not be fun. But I’m at least used to it by now and wrote about how to stay comfortable on a long haul flight here. My family has expanded and I wanted to share a few tips for how to survive a long haul flight with kids.
How to survive a long haul flight with kids
1. Have your own water bottle
Drink up! The air on an airplane is incredibly drying. Your little ones will likely forget to drink enough water. Have their favorite water bottles handy. I find this incredibly convenient because she loves the comfort of a familiar item and is also able to have a full bottle of water throughout the flight (keep asking the flight attendant).
Also note that you can also ask for two drinks whenever the flight attendant serves drinks. I may sometimes end up with one water and one iced cranberry juice (gotta love those antioxidants).
2. Bring snacks
It’s a long flight and you will get hungry. Your little one will get even hungrier. I don’t think my daughter has gone more than 3 hours without eating something. I’ll bring about two or three different types of snacks (nothing with too many crumbs!) for the little one. I may go with some packaged seaweed, jerky, and freeze dried yogurt snacks for our next trip.