FLYING WITH KIDS | TIPS & HOW TO FLY LONG HAUL WITH KIDS | EMILY NORRIS


Hi guys, welcome back to my channel. In today’s video I’m going to be showing you
how I entertain the boys on a long haul flight. Today, we’re going to be traveling the furthest
we’ve ever traveled with them. We’re traveling for about 15 hours in total
from London to Turks and Caicos, so we fly to Antigua, refuel, but stay on the same plane,
and then carry on to Turks and Caicos. So when we travel, we always get to the airport
a full three hours before we’re going. We love the airport, we love the whole experience,
and with young kids, it’s just good to get through security and get organized before
your flight. So we always tend to get there, have breakfast,
have a coffee, and then find a soft play in the airport. Both London Heathrow and London Gatwick have
these little soft play areas, and it’s really nice to give the boys a run around before
they’re confined to an airplane seat. Also, one of us can look after them, and then
if there’s any bits we need to get from the shops, the other one can go and get those,
or if anyone wants to get perfume. Matt was very excited about this trip, as
you can see. Now, we’re making our way to the gate to board
our plane. The boys were using their travel scooter cases
again. They’re called Zinc Flyte cases. They’re a bit more pricey, but we have so
got our use out of them and they can also use them when they arrive at the resort. But now on the plane, I started out next to
Jackson and Fraser, and I’m just going to talk about what works to entertain them on
the plane. So I ended up bringing a Ziploc baggie full
of Lego because Jackson really enjoys playing with his Lego table at home, so I thought
that would be a good one. He also watched a little bit of Tangled on
the inflight entertainment, and before we left, I got some brand new pens from Smiggle. I think they were two for five pounds, and
I also got some brand new coloring books just to make it that bit more exciting for them. He also loves playing with stickers on the
flight. Jackson is nearly three years old, and when
we play with the stickers, I use my little hack of taking off all the sticky bits around
the stickers to make it easier for his little hands to play with. Caleb was really chill on the flight. You can see he’s watching a film there, and
British Airways did give them kids meals. But to be honest, take lots of food and snacks
with you because our boys only really ate the raisins and the Babybel out of their meal,
and they much preferred having the homemade sandwiches that I brought for the flight. Just make sure you bring loads of food. Jackson also spent some time looking out the
window and also being entertained by his brothers. Here, he was sat with Fraser, just messing
around with him, and he also ended up playing a few games on the inflight entertainment,
which I really wasn’t expecting. He could even do Bejeweled, and he also played
an animal game where you form an animal. Before we left, I downloaded loads of games
onto our iPads and iPhones as well so that he could play with that, but he did actually
quite enjoy the ones that were on the plane. He also watched a few shows. Make sure you bring headphones because planes
are so noisy, and especially the inflight entertainment, you can’t watch it without
headphones. So he watched a little bit of Bing and he
also watched Peppa Pig, which is his favorite. But again, before we go, I normally download
shows onto our iPads and iPhones so that they can watch them if they want to. Caleb spent a lot of time at coloring. He really enjoys coloring, and again, I bought
him a brand new coloring book and pens as well. So he spent a lot of time doing that, and
we also like to play a game, the three marker challenge, so he did that as well. He also watched the Revolting Rhymes TV shows,
which he loved. About halfway through the flight, Jackson
was very tired. I’ve talked about this before on my channel,
but we bring this little travel bed for toddlers. It’s just an inflatable foot rest that you
put at the end of their chair. It works best on a window seat, and then it
makes a little bed for your child, and for two to three year olds, it is brilliant. Fraser was so good on the flight, but he’s
eight years old and he is quite happy to play on his iPod, watch shows. As you can see, we’ve had a little bit of
musical chairs here. Jackson is awake and now Caleb is also next
to me, and Fraser is with Matt. So we tend to move around quite a lot on the
flight. Jackson really did enjoy playing with the
Lego. He kept rebuilding it, or breaking it and
then rebuilding it. By I guess whatever your child is into, try
and bring some form of it for a flight if it’s possible because this definitely kept
him occupied for a long time. The big boys also love playing Uno and Dobble
as well. I think I’ve mentioned them in carry on videos
before. Caleb did some more drawing, and Fraser loved
playing this football game on his iPod. [inaudible 00:04:56]. Where are we going? We’re going holiday. Yeah, we’re going on holiday to see Elmo,
and Cookie Monster and Big Bird. So we’re finished the first leg of our trip,
aren’t we? We stopped in Antigua to refuel for about
an hour, but at least we didn’t have to change planes. We just stayed on the same plane, and I was
worried how the boys would take it that we weren’t getting off, but they were actually
so good. And because people did get off at Antigua,
we had a bit more space, and Caleb was able to stretch out and have a nap for that last
little bit of the flight, which was an hour and a half to Turks and Caicos. During that flight as well, Jackson and Fraser
invented this little fishing game. They were pretending to fish with their shoes,
so it was really, really cute, and I was glad that Fraser was helping me entertain little
Jackson. He also played a few games that I downloaded
on the iPhone. He likes Zoo Train, he likes the Intellecto
app, he likes Hopster. All of these apps I have actually paid for,
but I don’t mind doing that because then, you don’t get all of the ads while he’s playing
it. But then we arrived in Turks and Caicos and
I just had to film this. How amazingly beautiful is the sea? I’ve never seen anything like it. It was like bright turquoise, you could see
coral, you could see the white sands and I was just so pleased because it was all worth
it. And we made it. Somehow, Fraser is still awake. Right, so we’ve just arrive and come to our
room. This is the boys’ triple bunk. One, two, three and we’ve also ordered a crib
just in case Jackson doesn’t sleep well on that. And they’ve got their own little space, TV,
closet and all of that. Here’s Jackson. They’re full of beans. They did so well on the plane. This is our bathroom. Elmo. We’re going to see Elmo. We’re going to see Elmo, aren’t we? And then this is our bed. Here’s the boys. Hi. And then this is the view of the pool. We’re staying in the Italian village at Beaches. Yeah, it looks amazing. First impressions are very good. Hi guys, it’s the next day now. It’s about 5:00 AM on our first day. Last night, we got in, quickly changed, went
to an Italian buffet and then just crashed because the kids were so tired. But they did so very well on the flight. Hopefully, you saw that. But yeah, I was really nervous about how I
was going to explain to them that we were going to have to land, and then wait, and
then get off on the next stop. But to be honest, I didn’t have to worry. They were totally fine. They were really, really good. I think we traveled for, like, 15 hours in
total and they did so very well, so I super proud of them. I know I always say this, like when I take
them traveling, I’m always, like, the thought is definitely worse than actually doing it. But I’m always nervous to say that because
I don’t want to jinx how good they are at it, and I don’t want any of you guys to go
on a long trip and then be like, “You said it would be fine and it wasn’t fine.” Because there was this one woman on our flight
last night, she had four kids and two of them were really young. As we got off the plane, she was like, “I
think I’m just going to have to stay here because I can’t do that again, like the flight.” But yeah, we’re here. It looks stunning what we’ve seen so far. So yes, we’re off to explore the resort, but
I think the first breakfast buffet opens at 6:30, so we will be there. Might catch the sunrise on the way. But anyway, thank you so much for watching
this vlog. I really hope you enjoyed it, and I will definitely
have more vlogs of our stay here in Turks and Caicos, so subscribe if you’re not already. But thanks a lot. Bye.

100 thoughts on “FLYING WITH KIDS | TIPS & HOW TO FLY LONG HAUL WITH KIDS | EMILY NORRIS

  1. Much needed! Going on our first international trip with a 4hr flight with my 18mo old and I'm stressing a bit! Will be binge watching all your travel videos!

  2. AWESOME! Can I travel 12 hrs with five girls… 5 years , 3 years and 2 years and 6 months …will it be difficult ..I am afraid they will get bored easily.or shall I wait better?

  3. We fly to New Zealand next Easter and you have made it look so easy! Hopefully the thought is worse than doing it for us as well ๐Ÿคž๐ŸปOur eldest will be 6 and youngest 17months ๐Ÿ˜ซ

  4. I hope you had fun! I'm going on a road trip on Thursday ๐ŸŽ‰ I'm 11 but I'm watching these videos anyway to get some ideas for what on earth I'm gonna do!

  5. I know the struggle, every year or so we fly from UK to India with our now 3.5 year old. The flight is really hard plus those long hours at the airport ๐Ÿคฏ but it's sooo worth it! You did great, enjoy your wonderful holidays ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’

  6. Can you do a video on how you manage the time difference with your kids? It's the main thing that puts me off travelling too far with my toddler.

  7. Going in 10 days time on a long haul flight and with my 1yr old and I'm scared ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ. Your boys are so calm. Have a lovely holiday

  8. How do you manage to take young children to coastal waters? I am in need of safety tips for my 4 year old grandson. I am very nervous to take him to natural water areas and I don't want him to pick up my anxiety. I have followed your vlogs and appreciate your parenting values. Thank you in advance.

  9. You sure have every right to be so proud of your boys, they were absolute stars, they were so well behaved. Bless you Emily
    Greetings from South Africa

  10. Emily you always smiling and i jealous on that. Keep smiling all the time its so beatiful and you give ur kids great example for living life. U r d best!

  11. Thank you! Great travel advice. About to embark on a trip from London to New Zealand with a rascally little 1 year old. Wish me luck!

  12. Thanks for more great travel tips Emily! We go on a 9 hour flight with our boys in two months and youโ€™ve just reminded me to pre order their child meals on the plane ๐Ÿ™ˆ๐Ÿ˜. (So pleased you wore the second dress!! )๐Ÿ‘ฐ ๐Ÿ™Œ. Beautiful!! x x

  13. Your boys are fine gentleman, they're obviously being raised with the best of manners and thoughtfulness. You and Matt must be beyond proud of them period, but especially how well they did on the flight! Have an amazing holiday!

  14. That place looked beautiful. There should be a monument for you making it that far with your little ones! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅฐ

  15. My son loves playing with water, it's the only thing he's play with for ages without getting bored I don't think I can bring that along lol

  16. You're a super mum. SO organised and your boys are an absolute credit to you and Matt. Have a wonderful time, it looks like paradise ! Xx

  17. Hey Emily thanks so much for this, we're taking a shorter flight than what we're used to (I think the longest with 3 was 15 or 16hrs) we're flying to NY tomorrow with our 8, 6, 4 & 1 year old it'll be my baby boys first flight – I'm nervous!! Were flying home from Miami so a little longer, but the Gatwick to NY flight is only about 8hrs so not bad! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ

  18. Love your channel and currently living in Turks and Caicos. Your family will love Beaches Turks and Caicos and all the Sesame Street characters!!

  19. You have such well behaved little men ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’™ And that ocean is GORGEOUS!! ๐ŸŒŠ

  20. God bless you the longest I've done with my kids is 3 hours! These are great ideas tho! โค๏ธ

  21. Amazing how u actually handle n keep them occupied for such long flight…this actually helps mom's like us to know some tips thanx a lot..luv luv ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—๐Ÿค—

  22. You should definitely make it to Mauritius Island Emily. The sea is as amazing and you will love it here. Enjoy yourselves๐Ÿ˜‰

  23. Awesome video. Super sweet. What's up with the ziploc bag you gave Jackson? Was it taped at the top? Thanks for being such a good momma role model ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿงก๐ŸŒป

  24. Hope you had fun! Am interested in the apps you download for the kids can you plz recommend some or do a video on apps for kids or if u already have one weโ€™re is it lols xxxxx

  25. Great video! What lego do you buy? My sons a similar age to Jackson and heโ€™s only ever played with lego duplo so far as the age groups are usually 5+ for the other sets, I think he would enjoy the smaller bricks x

  26. The longest flight Iโ€™ve taken is 14 hours when my boy was 5 months old and your videos encourage me for future travel plans, now I canโ€™t wait to watch videos during your stay in Turks and Caicos.

  27. Awww hope you have a fantastic time gorgeous and for a minute there I thought you were going to say you were flying out to Sydney ๐Ÿจ I was like OMG!!!! but Turks and Caicos is beautiful too ๐Ÿ’‹

  28. I love watching your travel/packing videos and I always rewatch them when I'm packing and before we travel.
    We went on holiday in mid July and it was the first time I felt I was really organized and not so anxious about the trip. You are an inspiration and a blessing Emily, especially to new mums like me ๐Ÿ’

  29. I have been watching you since you had 5,000 subscribers. You are just amazing and you are my inspiration. Albeit my channel isn't a patch on yours (obviously) but I have passion and you just inspire me to keep doing something I'm passionate about. I don't normally comment but you really do amaze & inspire me, as a Mother, and a successful business woman. Xxxx

  30. You are very clever. ๐Ÿ‘ you know your kids, what they need and the way of upbringing your kids is showing it. The childrens behaviour is reflecting you and your husband. Very cool!

  31. Enjoy your holidays Emily with your adorable kids and husband!!!You so deserve it!!!You are a great mum and a so-down to earth person!!!Your family is very lucky to have you!!๐Ÿณ๐Ÿน๐Ÿ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ

  32. How are you guys able to take so many vacations with your husbands job? My husband only gets 2 weeks off a year!

  33. We're planning a holiday to Thailand from London. Anyone tips for what's better: 1 long haul 12h flight or two 6h flights with a stopover in Dubai?

  34. Omg I took my kids on their first 8 hour flight and I used your tips but my youngest got very upset ๐Ÿ™ I took everything they love onto the plane but it didnt quite work out for us unfortunately

  35. Your such superstars we have only been on one flight with our kids and I canโ€™t imagine 15 hrs with them xx

  36. I lov u so much
    I really need ur ideas to organize scarfs
    Im hijaby and i have lots and lots of scarfs but l cant have a way to store them in a way that maintains their shape and easy access and visual easyly
    I give up and really need new ideas
    Heeeeeeeelp please

  37. Your boys are so chill and well behaved! I will be moving next summer with a four year old and a newborn, a 15 hour flight. And I am TERRIFIED. Iโ€™m so worried my children will just be shrieking and kicking the seat the whole way

  38. I wonder why Amazon here in the US has horrible reviews of those scooter luggage. I was dying to get them for my kids but I was hesitant after reading the reviews. have you had any problems with them?

  39. Hi, Emily! I know you want to show only the good side of your family life, but maybe you could show some tips and tricks with what methods you discipline your kids (like no biting or hitting brothers, no using bad words). Your boys are awesome, but all kids sometimes have some kind of tantrums. It would be interesting and educational for others to see how you and Mat handle them. Best wishes to all of you!

  40. Your kids are seasoned travellers now but their patience is still so impressive. Just the thought of travelling for 15 hours is terrifying!

  41. This brought back lovely memories for me – I married my hubby here when my oldest son was nearly 2 (nearly 3 yrs ago now) Hope to go back one day! Hope youโ€™re having a fab time xx

  42. Iโ€™ve never been on an airplane and Iโ€™m going Saturday 11th and Iโ€™m so excited. Iโ€™m going to Spain btw I love you โค๏ธx

  43. It's nice to see your kids entertaining each other! Maybe I'm the odd one out, but I don't bring toys on the flight for my toddler (15-months-old). We just pack lots of snacks! I found with my first kid that he tended not to play with the toys I packed, so we gave up on them.

  44. Iโ€™m going to punta Cana in 2 weeks! I have a zinc flute at 10 years old, I am quite tall but they are amazing, have a fantastic holiday. ๐Ÿ˜„

  45. Hi Emily, I love watching your videos always very helpful and useful giving good ideas and tips. Well done and keep up the good work. Can you please give the correct links for the smiggles colouring pens and also the lego board/lego for toddler? My boy is nearly 3 in November. Thanks

  46. next time try the Maldives.. the water color is prettier than this… u will never forget.. that's truly a slice of paradise on earth!!

  47. Thanks sooo much for sharing. Always love to see everyoneโ€™s little hacks for traveling with kids. This though may be a very random question BUTTTT.. the backpack you husband has on in the airport, can I please ask where is that from? Thanks so much!

  48. Thanks for sharing your hack tips and experiences, Emily. My oldest son was terrified the first time just me and he had traveled on a plane together. We were migrating to Africa from Europe, so not just a holiday and was originally a connect fight of 15 hours. But due to technical issues, had to rush to get a 12 hours straight flight. Now living with my husband as a family of four with a second son now 3yrs are more seasoned travelers. Unfortunately, my flight experience at Heathrow airport with just my oldest son who was 3 years at the time and is now 7 yrs didn't seem so smooth sailing :(. I had to leave the snacks and some of my luggage items I brought behind when going through the security gate as I over packed and went over the luggage weight allowance. I had to also rebuy snacks at duty-free due to water content restrictions! I didn't know there was a soft play area for kids at the airport! First time traveling with kids I found can be very stressful. More experienced parents sharing their experiences truly helps first-time parents which I was at the time. Wish I found info like this sooner :D. Although, I met the nices couple with a disabled child on the plane. They went out of their way to help me and my son carry the unorganized chaos we managed to salvage after security checks of the extra luggage I brought without a fancy suitcase, just my son's stroller which I used instead which got damaged in transit, puff. Wish I had the great idea of recording that experience to warn other parents out there!

  49. Hi Emily
    Thank you so much for all your helpful tips and tricks.
    Can I ask in regards to the snacks/entertainment you pack for your boys. Do you pack everything including snacks x 2 on account of the return flight.
    Xx

  50. Hi! Was Jackson potty trained when you did this trip? Was it difficult to use the airplane bathroom with him? I have a 27 month old boy and a near 9 hour flight in a month, he'd just been potty trained and I'm a little nervous about that ๐Ÿ˜…

  51. Does anyone know which airline was this? Footrest that makes flight chair a bed for kids is not approved by most airlines I just wonder if this was Super Family Friendly airline which was OK with it. We are planning a trip overseas and I want to prep and organize before the flight.

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