There have been all manner of lists over the years telling you exactly what you should take on a plane to make it a more enjoyable flight…
However this was before the influx of portable technology that allows you to enjoy the flight a lot more than you used to!
You’ve shopped around, found a great deal and booked your holiday on a site like Amazon.Com All that stands between you and a beautiful sandy beach is a 15 hour flight.
Sure there will be some in-flight TV channels and maybe a couple of radio stations, but after a while these can get quite repetitive so you will need to make sure you have your own entertainment at the ready as well!
Electronic Ways To Keep Yourself Entertained On Long Flight
Magazines/Newspapers In Digital Format
Reading a big magazine about music, sport or gossip or reading about the latest news in a few newspapers can while away a few hours, especially if you take a few with you and space them out throughout the flight!
Of course, it becomes even easier if you have an iPad or other type of tablet as you can purchase as many magazines on there as you want and have them to read in electronic format, without the extra weight of carrying them!
Books On e-Book Readers
In much the same way as magazines, you can while away a lot of time with a book or two and if you have an e-book reader or a tablet then you can bring those on board with you with the books already loaded on – which is a definite space saver especially with a big book!
Music can always help you through bored times, and music players such as an iPod is a great way of spending some time or just shutting out the surroundings.
You can sit there with some relaxing songs on when you want a break from the screens, or just want to doze for a little while. Some iPods now have games as well, so there is even more entertainment value for your trip!
With portable gaming becoming more fashionable with adults, consoles such as the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP can lead to hours of fun on your flight.
Games like brain training can keep you alert, adventure games like Mario or Sonic are addictive and time flies when playing those!
With the tablets like iPads and laptops much lighter and more affordable, it is possible to bring your own DVDs to watch so that you don’t have to be bound by whatever films are on the in-flight TVs!
I hope these 5 help you plan and enjoy your next long distance flight!
What are a few fun items you bring with you on long flights to keep yourself entertained?
Traveling With Kids Without Electronics!
Most travel lovers started traveling early with the family, from road trips to visiting new and different countries. Back in the old days, we had no iPads or fancy electronics other than a Walkman and a couple of old tapes.
Entertainment came in the form of cards, Boggle, Battleship and tic-tac-toe.
Many kids today have it much easier. It’s so easy to sit them on a plane with a fully charged iPad or a compact DVD with tons of movies, but that really takes away the whole idea of quality family travel, right?
Here’s some travel ideas and tips that can help you keep the kids away from electronics, yet still have a fun trip:
Ask kids to help
Involving the kids in the planning process will give them a clear idea of what they’re in for.
Make them a part of your planning, show them maps, explain plane seating charts, and share photos of the places you can visit.
Get their feedback on destinations, hotels, distances, landmarks, what museums to visit, activities, etc.
This will help them understand the entire trip in a more comprehensive way.
It’s also a great opportunity to show them that it’s about the journey and not the destination!
Comfort is key
When traveling with kids, make sure they have everything they need at hand, from travel pillows to blankets to special items or anything that will keep them from bugging you constantly.
Regular breaks are a big part of this too. Don’t force the kids to stay put for 3 or 4 hours – walk around with them so that they can stretch their legs.
Water and food are extremely important (lay off the candy!), nothing worse than a hyper or bored hungry kid right?
Give them tools to stay busy
There’s so much they can do to stay entertained. For example, give them a map and let them highlight the trip as you’re going along. Provide a personal backpack – if you have more than one kido, this will avoid fights over possessions.
Fill their backpacks with paper, pens, reading material, crossword puzzles, coloring books, games and educational toys.
This is also a great opportunity to get the older kids writing!
Inspire them to write a travel journal and buy them a little, cheap digital camera so they can take pics along the way of landmarks or any other spots they might find interesting.
You can also have them send post cards along the way or write short letters to the family and friends. This will get the kids creativity going and they’ll have a great time recording memories.
I spy with my little eye…
What would family trip be without traditional games? “I Spy” is always a favorite!
Other fun games you can play are “Trivia”, the ever popular “Rock, paper, scissors” as well as “Spelling Bee” and “Who am I?/20 questions”.
Big reminder, never forget to set out the rules before you start playing, this will avoid fights or arguments along the way!
Taking the kids with you will give you a unique opportunity to connect with them, so take advantage of it!
Be the example and disconnect yourself from electronics.
Travel is an incredible learning experience for children – make sure both you and them make the most of it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ann Brampton is a British born outdoor travel nut and social media freelance consultant.
Currently living in Costa Rica and daydreaming daily of her next destination.
A geek at heart, frustrated artist, spontaneous soul who believes life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful! You can read her rambles at AnnBrampton.com or follow her tweets at @annbrampton.