We used to dread the red eye flight. In fact, we even chose to pay double one time to avoid flying on the redeye. Sometimes we didn’t have a choice, though. You see, we fly back and forth to Hawaii fairly often, and the return flight to the mainland is almost always a redeye. After practicing on many, many redeye flights, we finally have a system down and are actually all able to look forward to it – for the most part. Here are a few tips for surviving the redeye flight with kids.
- TALK ABOUT THE FLIGHT
- Prepare them – the plane is going to be their bed tonight, how cool! Hype it up!
- TIRE THEM OUT
- MAKE THEM EAT DINNER
- Both protein and fat
- GET READY
- Comfy clothes, Brush teeth, Go potty
- BOARD THE PLANE
- Sanitize the seat so when your kid is sleeping face down you’re not gagging
- PRACTICE sleeping positions for the bigger kids – spooning works well
- LET THEM HAVE SOME FUN
- One movie or a couple books
- SAY NIGHT NIGHT
- IF ALL ELSE FAILS – lead by example 😉
You’ve got this, friends. It’s worth it! What are some tips and tricks you’ve learned along the way?