Headed on a trip? Haven’t flown in a while or with kids before? READ on for my Airplane Tips.
Hey Peeps, as I pack and prepare for my upcoming trip I was thinking about our flight. And I actually get this question often, especially from people who haven’t flown in a while or its a first with kids. What does one need for the airplane. READ my list of things I pack for our Airplane Flight. And I know each flight is different and each airline is different and flying with kids is WAY different than going solo…so you might have different items on your list.
So why water? You can get water on the plane, you can even get it with ice. Well we pack water or I should say water bottles for 2 reasons. 1 – how clean or filtered really is that water? Or the ice? I know on Delta, they now pour from actual brand-name water bottles…but what if they don’t all the time. 2 – I pack water bottles as when and if they do give you water, there is NO lid, NO straw. Kids are messy, kids spill and mix that with potential turbulence and you will have wished you packed a water bottle. TIP: Pack it empty and fill up after security, but before you board.
This might be a no-brainer but many people forget as they are usually rushing off to the airport and forget to grab lunch or breakfast, etc. I pack our snacks the day before, in our airplane bags. Then that morning, depending on how long the flight is…I will pack a “lunch” like meal. Breakfast is easy to toss in a bag; muffins, dry cereal, bars, etc. They do sell “meals” on the plane but…I can’t guarantee they are super fresh or yummy. But I can guarantee they are $$$. You can also get to the airport a little early and grab a to-go item it the airport, but again $$$.
#1 item to pack – Headphones. We each have our OWN set and always keep them in our airplane bags. Most planes have individual TVs now, so you will be instantly ready for entertainment. I love Delta for this. Other airlines, you might want to pack a tablet for the kiddies, pre-loaded with movies. Don’t forget books, magazines, etc. TIP: Avoid anything for the kids that might fall on the floor. I have learned to skip crayons and dice and small items and stick with sticker books, game systems or even magnet sets.
I can’t stress this one enough – pack wipes and USE THEM. Clean the table, the seat, the window, the seatbelts, the air controls, the TV and even the seat pocket. Use anti-bacterial lotion for your hands and avoid touching too many things. As soon as you get off, WASH your hands. Am I crazy or smart? Both perhaps, but flight attendants don’t have time to sanitize each and every seat. Imagine ALL the germs that crossed your row; coughing, sneezing, vomiting, spit-up from kids, bathroom hands, etc. People always wonder why they get sick on or after vacation? Ding, ding, ding – Airplane germs.
Some other items to make your stay on the plane more comfortable, how about a neck pillow. I love mine; some inflate, some are cloth, etc just make sure to get it BEFORE the airport. Using one is so much better than a hurt neck if you fall asleep in the wrong position. Blanket, large scarf, hoodie sweater or ladies poncho like cover-up. These are great for covering your face, your arms, etc. Planes can get chilly and for longer flights, it helps being able to block out the lights and people. Gum, candies, ginger chews, motion meds are also KEY items to pack. I can’t live without my gum on a plane and my daughter NEEDS meds and ginger to relax the motion issues. We also ALWAYS pack a bucket (in case).
I have a few other things I always pack, but above are the basics. What do you ALWAYS pack? What can’t you fly without? I’d love to know.
Mahalo for READING and FOLLOWING along – Nina
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