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I survived a 9-hour flight with the kids!!!

Three weeks ago my family and I set off on an adventure to Disney World Florida. We took a flight from London to Orlando and in total it was just under 9 hours. I had been so excited for weeks before but couldn’t help think about the flight. Firstly, I am terribly scared of heights so flying is my worst nightmare. Luckily my husband doesn’t mind it, otherwise we wouldn’t have made it on the flight to begin with. My children had been on a 45 minute flight with us the week before to ‘test the waters’ so I knew they weren’t horrified, like me, at the idea of flying.

But this flight was going to be 9 long hours… how on this earth were my husband and I going to cope with our 5-year-old daughter, who literally doesn’t own an indoor voice? I really didn’t want to have to tell her off every minute of our flight so I needed to keep her occupied. It is worth noting that my 7-year-old son is pretty chilled nowadays, he likes his DS and tablet, reading and films so I knew he was going to be okay on the journey but just in case he got totally bored I wanted to be armed and ready to entertain him too. I had already bought the usual, colouring pencils and colouring books but my thoughts hadn’t stretched much beyond that.

I grabbed my coat and flew out the door, headed for Canterbury city centre. Alone and happy because there is nothing I like more than shopping with a purpose without children.

I picked up a tonne of great items from Tiger! I found the remaining couple of bits from Wilkinson and Clinton Cards. Anything creative has always proven a huge winner for my children and the tsum tsum’s were thrown in for good measure.

All of this, plus their headphones and tablets fitted into their rucksacks and the items in the pictures cost roughly £20 for everything, for both kids, which I think is a great price for keeping them quiet for a 9-hour (day) flight.

List of items in their cabin bags

  • Stickers
  • Paper dolls (sticker craft)
  • Workbook
  • Game book (hangman, dots and boxes, tic-tac-toe…that kind of thing) – This was a great buy!
  • Scratch pad
  • DIY mosaic (5-year-old loved this)
  • Snacks
  • Headphones
  • Tablet
  • Colouring pad and pencils (one set each = no fighting)
  • Playing cards

The flight we were on had a good variety of films so we took advantage of that too and watched a couple of new releases which was awesome!


Both of my children were very well-behaved on the flight. The only argument between them was who was going to sit by the window for landing! Awesome!

Is there anything not on my list that you couldn’t fly without for your child?

captain lolly


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