All’s well when the bal­loon goes up

Life & Style Weekend - - ESCAPE - — Leah Goulis,

TRAV­EL­LING with kids equals a com­plete night­mare that is not a hol­i­day at all.

Ac­tu­ally, that’s not fair. I should re­phrase that to “trav­el­ling with tod­dlers”.

My kids are still stuck in that “a hol­i­day with them is my idea of hell” phase, which is why I have be­come an ex­pert on en­ter­tain­ing them while trav­el­ling.

Now, while I do claim that play­dough is an ab­so­lute must for plane trips with chil­dren un­der the age of five, I re­cently dis­cov­ered a travel hack that I hadn’t known about.

For­get snacks, toys and colour­ing books, ap­par­ently the bal­loon is the one thing a lot of par­ents swear by when it comes to trav­el­ling with their kids.

A par­ent on Red­dit re­cently dis­cov­ered the trav­el­ling tip and wanted to share it with other par­ents who thought their trav­els were doomed for­ever.

“Many times I have been saved by bal­loons,’’ the user writes. “We’ve played with them in a ho­tel room when the kid need to get en­ergy out. And when I had a plane that was de­layed at O’Hare (air­port, in Chicago) I was able to whip out a bal­loon that was in my carry on and blow it up.”

The thread has al­most 60 com­ments with other par­ents shar­ing the love.

An­other par­ent re­vealed she also re­lies on in­flat­able beach balls to en­ter­tain the kids on their trav­els be­cause they are easy to pack and, se­condly, they keep the lit­tle ones happy.

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