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How do I keep children settled during airport delays and flying?

If you’re planning to travel with your children you know how stressful it can be to deal with airport delays. Flying with little ones can be no fun either. You have to keep them calm, happy and entertained at all times which can seem like an eternity. But don’t worry, I’ve got some tips for you on how to keep their little minds busy and have some fun during those long hours.


• Tip #1: Pack some snacks and drinks. Nothing makes kids grumpier than hunger and thirst, so make sure you have some healthy and tasty snacks and drinks in your hand luggage. You can also buy some treats at the airport shops, but be prepared to pay a premium price. Some airports have water fountains or vending machines where you can refill your bottles, so take advantage of that.


• Tip #2: Bring some toys and games. Depending on the age of your children, you can bring some toys and games that they enjoy playing with. For example, you can bring colouring books and crayons, puzzles, cards, board games, cuddly toys, etc. You can also download some apps or videos on your phone or tablet that they can watch or play with. Just make sure you have enough battery life and headphones to avoid disturbing other passengers.


• Tip #3: Explore the airport. If your children are feeling restless, you can take them for a walk around the airport and see what’s there. You can look at the planes taking off and landing, check out the different shops and restaurants or find a play area if there is one. Some airports have museums, art exhibits or other attractions that you can visit for free or for a small fee. You can also ask the staff if they have any activities or programmes for kids, such as colouring pages, stickers or badges. I know Singapore airport has it’s own swimming pool!


• Tip #4: Make some friends. One of the best ways to keep your children entertained is to let them interact with other children who are also waiting for their flights or sitting nearby to them on the plane. You can look for other families who have children of similar ages and strike up a conversation. You can also play some games together, such as I Spy, Simon Says or 20 Questions. You never know, you might also make some new friends along the way.


• Tip #5: Relax and have fun. Remember that airport delays are not the end of the world and they can be an opportunity to bond with your children and make some memories. Try to stay positive and calm and don’t let the stress get to you. Enjoy the time you have with your children and make the best of it. You’ll be on your way soon enough to hopefully a fun destination or even better your own bed!


I hope these tips help you keep your children entertained during airport delays and long plane journeys. Have a safe and happy trip.

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