How To Make Long Flights Comfortable For The Whole Family

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Yes, everyone knows that long flights can be a real pain in the neck – especially when you’re traveling with the whole family, but you know what? It doesn’t have to be like that at all, so make sure to keep on reading if you want to learn how to get it done in the best possible way. Here are four useful tips on how to make long flights comfortable for everyone, so check them out and enjoy!

Fly at night if possible

Even though long flights of 12 hours or more will include some daytime hours no matter what you do, the fact is that flying at night is much more beneficial – especially if you’re traveling with your kids or grandkids. This is exactly why you should try to find a flight that takes place mostly at night, so even if your little ones manage to sleep for five or six hours during the night, that’ll still get you thousands of miles closer to your destination. The ideal departure time is around 7 pm or 8 pm, which means that there will be an hour or two of meal service right after takeoff, when the lights are still on. The lights will go out afterwards, which means that everyone will have a few hours to sleep and get some rest, which is a truly important aspect of any family trip.

Pack your kids’ favorite healthy snacksS

When it comes to long-haul flights, flying with your kids or grandkids will probably get a bit challenging at some point – especially when they get hungry somewhere along the way. Besides that, everyone knows that airplane food – particularly in the economy class – isn’t really the best, which is why you need to bring a lot of healthy snacks if your little ones refuse to eat or are asleep during meal service. Apples are always a good idea, as they are firm enough and won’t get smashed, as well as nuts, granola bars, pretzels, crackers, rice cakes, cheese sticks, and homemade sandwiches. Apart from these, you should also bring a couple of treats that will remind the kids that flying is a special occasion and reward them for good behavior. 

Use a car seat or a bassinet for the youngest family members

With young travelers such as babies and small children, a regular airplane seat definitely isn’t the best choice. This is particularly true for long flights, so make sure to bring your own car seat that will make the flight much more comfortable for young kids. On the other hand, if a baby is your traveling companion, so don’t forget to book the bassinet seat in advance. Most aircraft carriers actually have a limited supply of these, so call the company you’re flying with as soon as you book your ticket in order to secure a bassinet seat for your kid. On the other hand, we must also say that hauling a stroller may be extremely challenging when traveling with the whole family, which is why we highly recommend a quality baby carrier instead of a stroller. Apart from being super practical and lightweight, it will allow you to maintain skin-to-skin contact with your baby as well, which is a fantastic benefit that mustn’t be overlooked.

Come up with blind bags and bring changes of clothes for everyone

In case you weren’t aware of the term, a blind bag is basically a toy package where you don’t know exactly what’s inside. Even though you can pick it up in various stores, there’s always an option of putting together a DIY blind bag and hand it to your kids once they get bored during a long flight. Just visit your local dollar store or a garage sale and get affordable trinkets that will entertain your little ones when you have thousands of miles to fly. Coloring books and crayons are also a good choice – just pick the triangle ones that won’t roll off the tray table. Apart from these, you must bring changes of clothes for everyone as well. So, get large Ziploc bags, label them accordingly, and put everyone’s clothes into separate bags. These can double up as isolation for dirty clothes, too, so make sure to always have them on hand.

As you can see, making long flights comfortable for the whole family doesn’t have to be as challenging as you probably thought. All you need to do is to stick to our tips and guidelines and you’ll manage to make that happen, without a shadow of a doubt. Everything will be fine as long as you’re patient and properly organized!

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