Keep Your Child Happy and Occupied In-Flight with These 7 Items

Traveling can be a fun and rewarding experience for all ages. However, traveling with kids can sometimes be difficult, especially when it requires sitting patiently through long flights.

Pack These 7 Things to Keep Kids Occupied on Long Flights

Below are some my top picks to keep kids occupied during flights. Do you have any go-to items that keep your kids busy in the air? Please share in the comments section.

Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet
Looking for a cheap option for a kid-friendly tablet? The Fire 7 Kids tablet has easy-to-use parental control and is also kid-proof. If you’re child breaks it, Amazon will replace it!
Amazon User Review: “…you can control what apps your kids can download and controls which profile can use which app.”
Price: Starting at $80 on Amazon

Melissa & Doug Mini-Sketch Spiral-Bound Pad
If you’re raising a future Picasso, the best way to keep them creating is with a sketch book. This set from Melissa and Doug is perfect. They are the right size and you get over 200 pages to sketch on. Spiral bound for easy storage and viewing.
Amazon User Review: “Nice quality. I like that the pages are perforated so the kids can easily tear out a picture to hang up. These are a nice size for putting in a purse or car.”
Price: Starting at $11 on Amazon

Pac2Go Mobile Power Charger
Keep your kids’ phones and tablets charged with a portable charger. This one from Pac2Go is pretty affordable. It uses USB to charge most devices.
Amazon User Review: “Fits into the smallest of bags light weight very useful for on the go individuals.”
Price: Starting at $18 on Amazon

COWIN E7 Active Noise Cancelling
Let your kids enjoy their music and videos in peace without having to turn the volume on high. These headphones have active noise cancelling—so there is no need to blast the volume.
Amazon User Review: “Having never tried active noise cancelling before, I have to say I'm impressed (my coworker didn't like it, as the noise cancelling made her feel queasy, but that's not Cowin-specific, just the technology in general doesn't agree with her).”
Price: Starting at $50 on Amazon

Etch A Sketch - Classic - Red
Give your kids a classic to keep them occupied while traveling. This little toy is the original magic screen you probably played with as a kid. There are no batteries required and to erase the screen all they have to do is shake the toy.
Amazon User Review: “Bought this for my kids for Christmas. Wanted them to know a little of my childhood.”
Price: Starting at $50 on Amazon

Nintendo Switch – Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con
The Nintendo Switch isn’t cheap, but it’s worth the expense. For one, kids can play solo or they can split the console for sharing. You can also download games to play on-the-go.
Amazon User Review: “I love my switch. Being able to take it anywhere is great.”
Price: Starting at $300 on Amazon

Notebook Doodles Super Cute: Coloring & Activity Book
This coloring book by Jess Volinski is perfect for both young and old. There are over 32 designs featuring different animals. Definitely more than you can finish on even the longest flights. Don’t forget the coloring pencils!
Amazon User Review: “An absolutely adorable book! So many cute pages, ready for both young & old, experienced, & beginner.... great for anyone who enjoys coloring as their form of relaxation!”
Price: Starting at $8 on Amazon

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