The quintessential guide to surviving airport delays with kids!
Airport delays are a huge hassle, and it's much worse if you're with your kids, since they tend to be very impatient.
Here are some helpful tips to get you and your kids sorted in case you encounter airport delays when you're traveling!
1. Keep them busy
The number 1 thing that you have to remember would be to keep your kids (and yourself as well!) busy. Keep your kids distracted, and you can be sure that they won't start a tantrum or get bored.
You can bring their favorite books, or even let them watch movies or videos on a smartphone so that they can keep themselves busy for hours while you sort things out at the airport. If your kids have any game devices or games on their phones, they can also play with those to distract them.
You can also play games with your kids, such as eye spy, or bring some portable board games that you can play to pass the time.
2. Make friends
If you experience airport delays, you can try talking to the other parents who are also waiting for their flights. This is actually a great way to kill time during airport delays since you can bond with other parents, and your kids can also play with their kids to pass the time.
It's a win-win situation for everyone!
3. Food is important
Of course, keeping your kids distracted with gadgets or games won't do much if they're hungry! That's why you have to make sure that your kids are well-fed so that they don't go hungry, or become cranky. If you're bringing an infant, this is especially important since you have to feed your baby often!
So be sure to bring enough 'baon' for both the plane ride as well as any potential delays that you might encounter. It's better to be prepared than to face the wrath of a hungry child!
4. Talk to your kids
Talking to your kids is another great way of passing the time if you encounter an airport delay. It's not just a means to pass the time, but also a good way to catch up with your kid and share stories with them.
You can tell them stories about how life was when you were a kid, or tell stories of how it was like to take care of them back when they were younger.
It also keeps your family close and strengthens the bond between you and your kids.
5. Plan ahead
As with anything, it really does pay to plan ahead. This is especially true when it comes to traveling.
It's important to account for any possible airport delays so that you're not suddenly caught by surprise not knowing what to do in case there's a problem with your flight.
Additionally, earlier flights tend to have lesser delays, so even if it's a hassle, it might be better to book earlier flights to avoid delays entirely.
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