Keeping kids entertained on flights does not have the be difficult if you take plenty of things to amuse them.

Keeping kids entertained on long flights is often one of the things that can give parents the most stress before heading to the airport.

But it does not have to be the most difficult part of a holiday as travel journalist James Ellis explained it just takes a little forward planning.

Depending on how old children are it can be more difficult to keep them amused, but he noted that having an ample supply of things for the child to do will hold their attention.

Considering the kinds of toys children play with at home will give some indication of what they will like to play with, even during long flights.

Having some water to hand is also important, Mr Ellis said, “so as soon as the plane takes off they are swallowing, which helps to alleviate the pressure on their ears.”

Liat Hughes Joshi, parenting writer and author of Raising Children: The Primary Years and What to Buy for Your Baby, recently advised that colouring books can provide lots of fun for young children.

Written by Ruth Norris

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