Traveling to different places for family vacations can create wonderful memories for your kids. However, many parents are hesitant to take children on airplanes because they are afraid of being a nuisance and disturbing other passengers. To keep your child entertained but quiet on the plane, it’s best to pack a few toys for him or her. The guidelines below can help you decide which toys to put in your child’s carry-on.
Choose a Toy to Engage Your Child
On a long flight, many parents will simply play movies on an iPad or laptop for their kids. While this may keep a child quiet for a short while, you can keep him or her more engaged with an interactive toy or game. Stuffed animals and sock puppets can be great for babies, while tactile puzzles can keep older children occupied. If you absolutely don’t have room to pack anything but a tablet computer, have your child play a game instead of simply watching something.
Be Careful with Toys That Have Small Parts
Even in first class and business class, airplane seats and aisles still have limited room to move around. Kids will be kids, and if you bring along toys such as Legos, Tinker Toys, board games, or anything else with small parts, be prepared for these items to fall and get wedged under or between seats. If you do want to bring these along, also pack a small blanket to lay across laps and trays to catch any stray pieces.
Avoid Noisy and Bright Toys
While talking toys that make noises, play music, and flash bright lights may be very engaging for your child, these items will disturb passengers around you. A disgruntled fellow traveler in your row or in the seat behind you can put a damper on your vacation, so make sure you pack quiet toys for your kids.
If you need ideas for kid-friendly vacations, call Brentwood Travel at (314) 439-5700. As one of St. Louis’s best established travel agencies, we have years of experience helping parents plan the perfect family trip.
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