Tips for Surviving a Long Flight With Kids
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Vacations are supposed to be relaxing, but getting there can sometimes be a hassle. If you’re traveling alone, you might enjoy the long flight. It could be a chance to catch up on sleep, read a book, watch a movie you haven’t seen yet, or simply get to know the person in the seat beside you. However, if you’re traveling with kids, the experience is a bit less laid back. No one wants to be the parents on the plane whose children are causing a commotion, and if you have a twelve hour flight or a flight with layovers, this can be even more stressful. Fortunately, we have a few helpful tips to make the process more manageable.
Fly By Night (Literally)
Worried your kids will fuss throughout the whole flight? Or, better yet, worried that landing at a strange hour in a different timezone will cause jetlag that throws off your trip? You can avoid both of these problems by flying at night. If you book a flight that leaves around 8pm or later, chances are the lights will be down for most of the flight, and the kids will be a little sleepy by that point. You can all get some sleep on your flight and wake up at — or at least near — your destination.
Prepare Them By Talking To Them
Often, young children pitch a fit on their first flight because they don’t know what’s going on and it can be scary and overwhelming. While it’s hard to completely prepare them, you can avoid some of the shock by talking to them about it early on. Tell them, “We’re going flying. We’ll go on a plane and it goes up in the air and flies off until we land in La Jolla. It’s really cool.” Show them when you book the plane tickets or make a game out of packing for the vacation. Tell them what to expect when you get to TSA, and if you can, treat that like a game as well. The more you talk to them about it, the more normal it will feel by the time they get to the plane.
Pre-Order Kid’s Meals
It’s not enough to assume that because your ticket shows you’re traveling with kids, the airline will have kid’s meals prepared. Make sure you order meals for your children before you board so your kids don’t go from hungry to hangry to the chagrin of everyone on the flight (especially you). But don’t just wait for scheduled meals. Pack their favorite snacks as well as water to keep them hydrated. While your kids might want soda or something sugary, it’s best to stick to water to avoid a sugar rush on the plane.
Taking a vacation with your kids, showing them all the beautiful sights there are to see, can be a joy, so try not to get hung up on the process of getting there. And when it comes to booking your stay at La Jolla, remember that when you book direct with The Bed & Breakfast Inn, we’ll price match your room and throw in a 5% discount, giving you a little more budget to possibly upgrade your flight. Book your room today to get started.