My husband is going on a business trip to Shanghai at the end of the month … and we’re tagging along! The prospect of exploring a new country with the kids is super exciting, but the idea of boarding a 14-hour flight with two children is completely terrifying. We’ve flown plenty of times, but this will be the longest time we’ve ever been trapped on a plane. What will we do? How will we sleep? Will we even survive?
I perused the Internet for advice and found some really good stuff. Here’s what I’m planning to do:
1. Pack lots of snacks. I’m convinced that a large variety and even some forbidden, junky favorites that the kids covet (read: Cheetos) will be key to our survival.
2. Break out the Party City schlock. Like most parents, I have a drawer full of the cheap toys that the kids get from birthday party goody bags. Most of these things have gone unnoticed and unopened for months. Now’s the time to gather them all into a big bag of plane entertainment.
3. Have the kids start a travel journal. While on vacation with our friends last summer, I saw how their daughter obsessed over recording everything we did in her own personal travel journal. She was 5 at the time and could barely write, but was fine with drawing pictures and using the stickers that her mom provided. I guess you’re never too young to record your adventures!
4. Load up on games and activity books. I found all sorts of goodies on Amazon, from magnetic Chinese checkers to this cool Melissa and Doug secret decoder game to a fun, impressive card game called The Scrambled States of America.
5. Download lots of entertainment on the iPad. If all else fails, we’re just going to let the kids have the iPad – for as long as they want. This is no time to be a martyr! Two great shows that the kids are currently obsessed with are Annedroids and the new Magic School Bus reboot, called The Magic School Bus Rides Again.
Happy travels this summer!