Long flights can be the worst part of any vacation or trip, but it doesn’t have to be. Whether traveling alone or with the kids, here are a few awesome ways to stay occupied while flying.

1. Coloring


I mean who doesn’t love coloring? There are so many different coloring books available for adults and kids that the creativity is endless. Personally, I adore this adorable sloth coloring book but I could be biased. HAHA! Just goes to show there is something for everyone.

2. Read a book



Reading books is so underrated these days. Being stuck on a plane is the perfect time to pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read. There is just something about turning a physical page to continue that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside, and you don’t have to worry about charging it! If you’re more of a Kindle kind of person that’s cool too. The Kindle Paperwhite  was designed with book lovers in mind. Either way, if you are looking for a recommendation, Bookish has some great content to help you decide. Just get reading!

3. Play a video game


Download an app that allows you to play offline such as candy crush, 8 ball pool, or pass and play scrabble. These games are sure to pass some time. If traveling with kids suggest to them that they bring their handheld video games if they have any, such as the Nintendo DS.

4. Watch a Movie

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A lot of airlines have free movies or really inexpensive rentals you can watch during your flight. Pick one and get comfy. This is one of the most time passing options in my opinion, especially if it’s a movie you haven’t seen yet. If there is nothing you fancy watching consider downloading some content from Netflix to one of your devices before heading out to the airport so you can watch offline.  Here’s an article on how to do that.

5. Mad Libs


Who remembers Mad Libs? If you don’t know what Mad Libs are, they are fill in the blank stories. Before you read the story you add whatever the blank is asking for; adjective, noun, verb, or name and once completed you read the story aloud. My dad and I used to do Mad Libs on every flight! It’s a fantastic way to bond with the kids or your significant other while also passing the time and creating silly stories. There are 100s of different Mad Lib themes to choose from and even a series of them created just for adults. Most of them are inexpensive and should run you less than $6. Check out this travel themed Mad Lib on amazon.

6. Knit or Crochet


Bring some yarn and knitting needles with you and create something, depending on the length of the flight and what you’re making you may even be able to finish it one sitting! I also love to needle felt which can normally be pretty time-consuming.  The TSA suggests that you carry on wooden or plastic needles over metal. Circular knitting needles are also preferred over straight.

7. Use Spotify


If you have Spotify premium you likely have songs already saved to your playlist that are available offline. Plug in those headphones and listen to your favorite songs! If you don’t already have Spotify, sign up for a 30-Day free trial of Spotify Premium before your flight but be careful or you will get hooked on this amazing service. They also have discounts for students and families. Check them out!



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