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A tale of little children and long flight journeys

A tale of little children and long flight journeys

flight journey_01 It was an occasion for celebration one – which was going to be well attended by ALL family members. And when I say ALL, I mean ALL!! Cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents et al! The dates were decided, the Hall was finalized, the menu was decided and we, the audience were going to be present. It was a much needed break for me too –celebrating my parents Silver Jubilee wedding anniversary. So why was I a little worried? My tickets were done too – and that was the worry. Why? You may ask. Anyone with a toddler will give you the prompt answer! TRAVEL and children simply don’t seem to go together.

The last time when I travelled with my toddler, I had even spoken to my gynaecologist friend before the journey –
“Is there any way to keep my toddler quiet during a long flight journey?”
“No! But why don’t you try having a sleeping pill?”. I forgot to take into count her brilliant sense of humour!

flight journy _02So why was I really worried? Because the last time I had flown with my 4 year old, he had ensured that most of the passengers on board our aircraft had their necks craned towards us – very keen to know the latest antic of my ever-so-energetic 4 year old. He was done with asking me few hundred questions, had finished his biscuits, had doodled all over the few papers I had managed to dump in my bag and he was still bored! I thought I was suitably packed for a long flight journey – but apparently no! The Television on the flight also proved to be of no use – there were no programs suitable for his age. I had made up my mind during my last journey – no more long flight travel –ever!

But this was an occasion I needed to attend. So this time I decided to plan well in advance. The first thing I did was to speak to friends who had similar aged children as mine. Suggestions poured in. I compiled the most tested ones and decided to put them to practice. Here’s the cream of our discussion –

  1. Firstly, they advised, always ensure that your child is well fed before a flight journey. A hungry toddler is more likely to throw tantrums than a well-fed one!flight Journy_03
  2. None of my friends generally engage their children with electronics, but it is indeed a boon during flight journeys. Download age-appropriate Apps and games, well in advance. Let them use these New Apps during their flight journey. Don’t forget the books too. Children have a knack of asking parents what they think may not be available. The trick is to anticipate their thoughts
  3. Snacks and more snacks! – Children never tire of snacks. This was so true, I realized while travelling. One can never pack enough when it comes to children’s snacks I think! Oh and don’t forget the chocolates and water in sippy cups too!
  4. Snacks and more snacks! – Children never tire of snacks. This was so true, I realized while travelling. One can never pack enough when it comes to children’s snacks I think! Oh and don’t forget the chocolates and water in sippy cups too!
  5. Pack puzzles in small pouches. Most importantly ensure that all their stuff is packed in one bag. Digging into different bags with a screaming toddler is not really a scene you want to be caught in, unawares.flight journy_04

I followed each and every suggestion given by my friends and thankfully had a smooth journey. My little one slept for about 2 hours of the 6 hour journey. Which reminds me- to arm myself with a pillow during my next trip!

Dear parents, this vacation season most of you must be gearing up to set out on travel trips with your families. Try out these simple tips given above – they worked out just right for me! Do share your experiences with little ones during long journeys, with us!