IT can be hard enough to keep toddlers occupied at home without resorting to a screen.
So how on earth can parents be expected to do it on a plane?
We will, Twin Perspectives travel blogger and mommy Claire succeeded when she took daughter Olive to Sicily on a three-hour flight, and she shared her best tips and tricks with us.
Suction cup spinners
“These are from Amazon and were an absolute hit with my toddler,” Claire said.
“You can attach them to the plane window or the table in front of it and they kept Olive amused throughout the flight.
“They were also equally great for car rides to and from the airport — just stick them on the car window.”
They are not expensive either you can get a set of three for under £10 on Amazon.
“If your toddler is anything like mine, stickers are a safe bet when it comes to keeping them amused during a flight,” she explained.
“To make sure we don’t use up all the stickers at once, I bought some of the gorgeous Melissa and Doug reusable sticker sets.”
The sticker sets come in different themes, such as a barnyard scene with accompanying animals.
And you can buy them in individual packagesfor about £5.49 each, or buy three in a bundle for £14.99.
“Perhaps an obvious suggestion for what to take on a flight with a toddler, but NEVER underestimate the power of snacks,” Claire laughed.
“Pack what you think your toddler could eat on a plane trip, then double it.”
It’s also a good idea to invest in a toddler-friendly snack jar before the flight – like this £11.99 from Amazon.
Invest in a toddler-friendly snack jar before the flight, too. (There is a link to one in the blog post).
Poke a Dot books
“This one Poke a Dot Books are from Amazon and have held my toddler’s attention for a surprisingly long time,” Claire said.
“Each page includes a plastic popper for your toddler to ‘pop’ and is available in a variety of themes.”
They are also from Melissa & Doug and have different themes such as First Words, First Colors and First Shapes, and the price ranges from £6.44.
Post it notes
Definitely a less obvious entertainment choice, but Claire saw the suggestion to use Post-it notes on Instagram and thought she’d give it a try.
“I taped them to the seat in front of us and to the airplane window so Olive could peel off and re-stick,” she explained.
“A very simple yet strangely effective distraction for toddlers!”
You can get post-it notes or a pack of unbranded sticky notes at most supermarkets or convenience stores.
Busy plates are a brilliant way to keep kids entertained, but they can be too big to carry around.
However, Claire came across a folding press board that was perfect for the airplane.
“It’s lightweight and compact and once opened it has lots of zippers, buttons and Velcro – a toddler’s paradise!” she said.
They come in different colors and cost £14.99 from Amazon.