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- Pack plenty of snacks in your carry on so they are easily accessible. Hunger makes for cranky kids.
- Have a few activities in the kids carry on bags (workbooks, word search, dry erase books, colouring books, deck of cards); it will give them something to do, and hopefully keep boredom at bay (especially if the on board tvs are not working)
- Arrive at the airport early. Security and Customs lines can be long, and rushing can have everyone cranky.
- Check security guidelines for what you are allowed to bring through, which will help keep your time with the guards to a minimum.
- Keep the kids engaged while waiting to board the plane. Watching the planes landing and taking off can keep little ones quite entertained.
- We chose to take advantage of early boarding - depending on your kids, this may or may not be a good idea. It works for ours to get them on the plane without waiting in a long line. We are settled in our seats and not feeling quite so crowded. If your kids have a hard time sitting still, you may want to wait until the end before boarding - this will give you slightly less time on the plane.
- Make sure they have gum, chewy candies or a drink to help with ear popping. Mr. J chewed gum, Mr.K had Swedish berries. I kept reminding them to chew with a wide open mouth to help their ears.
- Try to stay calm and relaxed with whatever they throw at you. If parents are stressed, kids can pick up on it.
- Pack a change of clothes for your kids (and yourself) in your/their carry on - makes it easy for spills or potty accidents
- If you will be changing diapers, keep everything you need in a large ziplock bag - bathrooms are small, and there isn't much room for a diaper bag)
Do you have any tips? I would love to hear them
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