With all the flight cancellations in the past few weeks, more travelers are finding themselves stranded in the airport. There have been a couple of good articles recently on dealing with flight delays with kids.
On Concierge.com, Wendy Perrin wrote a great article on Ten Things To Do When You're Stranded at an Airport. Check out the comments for all sorts of helpful ideas from fellow travelers. **
Vagabondish had a nice article on Travel Games for the Road It's a good reminder that if you're creative, entertainment on the road doesn't have to come in the form of heavy electronic equipment or expensive toys with lots of small pieces. Playing a game together might even turn those idle moments into a special part of your trip.
ParentHacks, always a favorite of mine, has a nice hack on carrying a travel journal for each child with you wherever you go. Once filled the journal becomes a nice keepsake for the child to keep or send to grandma.
Need More Ideas? Here are a couple of my own:
- Get a room at an airport hotel. Sometimes having a private space (or a place to sleep if you're jet lagged) can make a huge difference in everyone's mood.
- Try to get your kids moving, find an empty gate area and let them run or jump a little
- If you are stuck on the tarmac (instead of in the terminal) and the plane door has not been closed yet, ask whether you can let your children walk and play on the jetway.
- Even though you're frusterated, try not to let your kids know it. They'll only pick up on your mood.
- Resist the temptation to keep your kids (temporarily) quiet with juice or sugary treats, it will only make them harder to manage later.
- Engage your kids in imaginative play. If they're old enough, try making up stories about why the flight is delayed (maybe squirrels in the cockpit?), where the plane should go instead, or make a list of things you would pack if you were staying at your destination for a year
Wendy Perrin was the first travel writer I knew by name, and I was inspired by her writing long ago when I still worked 70 hour weeks, had no kids and little vacation time. Her article on a difficult trip to Club Med back when I was thinking about getting pregnant for the first time struck a chord & I decided right then that we'd do the research ourselves instead of relying exclusively on resorts that might not actually be as family friendly or efficient as they appear. Her blog posts often feature helpful information about traveling with kids, and now would be a great time to check it out.
Flying With Kids