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Tips & Tricks

Flying Favorites

Mia Choate

When it comes to flying, packing airport and plane goodies is my survival plan. With more than a dozen flights under their belts (including one fully boarded Bermuda bound leg, delayed for an hour at the gate, then 12 hours in overnight at a Holiday Inn Express in Queens!) … it hasn’t failed me yet; they’ve become a fun part of our flying Traditions.

We’ve recently retired our rolling-stuffed-animal suitcases for “Portfolio Bags” which are light, have handles, are thin, water resistant and zip. They hold all of my ‘tricks’ for seamless and fun flights: as well as i-pads, and ear-buds, and stash perfectly under the seat ahead of you. They’ll be the best $10 you’ll ever spend on Amazon. A quick snip of the odd “thank you for my everyday. winner!” pleather-label, some hot-glue and sequins … and they’re good to go.

We’ve flown with decks of cards since the big-girls were little: littler ones love the feel, laugh hysterically at the two-thumb-shuffle. Older kids can make pairs, play math-war, and even Go Fish! I swear by magnetic play-sets and games: Hang Man for our budding speller, ‘On The Farm’ for our littlest, and Tangrams for our pattern-sleuth, are all coming with us on this trip. Checkers, Chess and fuzzy pens, colored pencils, blank-notepads, markers, dry-erase boards and markers, coloring-books, sticker-books, ‘mystery bags’ … and no flight is complete without Purell wipes.

A fun straw-for little ones who need to pop their ears, or 5 pack-of bubble gum are also great to include. Tissues, their favorite books (the next in a series their reading is always a fun surprise!), look-and-find and behind-the-flap board books, too!

For littler flyers, consider loosely wrapping (no tape or perfect corners!) each item in tissue paper. Everything at once can be overwhelming and opening something every half hour or so helps if you’re on a long flight or have a long delay.

Let me know if I’ve missed anything that you love and use, below!