Rly air yet?
If being near children really bothers you, you should aim to take flights that will be at more difficult times for families, such as late night flights. Or fork out for a seat in premium economy, where there are fewer children. Last resort – request to move seats. Try not to let it wind you up – why not try to engage the child in a game of peekaboo or a little chat? If you feel like you might need to have a quiet word with the parents later, it’s better to have endeared yourself to them in advance. Take a break. Remember – you don’t have to sit in your seat (unless the seatbelt sign is on). Go and have a walk around the plane, chat to the flight crew, do something positive rather than sitting there quietly seething. Take a pair of noise-cancelling headphones, lie back and enjoy some calming music. Or just any music that’s louder than the child next to you. Sometimes you need to accept children make noise. Just think: at least you don’t have to deal with them at the other end! But if their behaviour is unacceptable (like kicking the back of your seat) and the parents aren’t trying to stop them, a polite word with the air crew can work wonders.
ideal for travel as they’ll keep toddlers busy without any fuss, plus they’re super cheap. And Robots to Make and Decorate is another glue-free option for older kids, flat-packed in book.
Toca Life: Vacation is an interactive, holiday-based game that will keep older children entertained for hours; €3.40 for both iphone and Android.
One last thought. Pack a comb, hair ties and clips and let your toddler loose on your hair. You may end up looking a bit bonkers. But you’re a parent, on a plane with a child. It’s how people expect you to look.
your child can build whatever they fancy, without dropping pieces everywhere. pre-teen? Let them fill it with audiobooks, download some podcasts and create their own soundtrack of holiday songs.