You planned your trip down to the smallest detail. Packing was a breeze because you tend to over pack, anyway. The kids are excited and so are you. Congratulations, you’re going on your trip! At the airport, you patiently wait for your flight. You wait, and wait, and wait some more. The kids are getting antsy and you’re starting to feel like the trip is off to a bad start. After a while, you realize you’re experiencing a flight delay and there’s nothing you can do. On the contrary, there’s plenty you can do to survive a flight delay with kids. All it takes is a little creativity, some preparation, and travel protection.

Get Creative

You may know very well that things can get challenging while traveling with kids. They need constant supervision and finding things to do may not be easy. If you throw a flight delay into the mix, things can get even more problematic. There are creative ways to get through it. If you have younger kids, you can make being at the airport a game. If both parents are present, have one take a kid or two on a scavenger hunt through the airport. You can kill a lot of time depending on the interesting things you find and the size of the airport. Is there a tram at the airport? Take your kids for a ride. The younger the kid, the cooler the ride will seem. For middle-aged kids, you can’t go wrong with games on a tablet. Take things a step further and download games that challenge their minds. Find games where they can build virtual homes and cities. You can also try word and puzzle games. Of course, action and adventure games work too. For older kids and teenagers, books are a good source of entertainment. However, let’s face it, tweens and teenagers have their eyes glued to their cell phones.  Challenge them to find cool places to visit at the destination. Give them the task of planning a portion of the trip that hasn’t been planned yet. They may have fun learning about a city or country and planning where to take their next Instagram pics!  There’s plenty of ways to keep your kids occupied during a flight delay. Before you know it, your plane will arrive, and the kids will be just fine.

Be Prepared

Plan ahead in case you do experience a flight delay. Pack snacks and empty water bottles that you can fill up at a fountain after you pass through security. You’ll thank yourself later after seeing 20 oz. bottles of water being sold for $10 each at the airport. Yikes! Bring comforts from home like neck pillows, slippers, stuffed animals, and eye masks. Get to know the airport ahead of time. You may find interesting things to do there while you wait. Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport has a dedicated yoga room and an aeroponic garden. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport hosts a live-music series during select months of the year. Talented musicians perform throughout the concourses daily. Go to the airport’s website and scope out the restaurants. Airports have a variety of options to choose from. Keep a restaurant or two in mind in case you have a long layover and want something good to eat. Some airports have collections of art displayed throughout. Find out ahead of time if your airport has art installations or collections that you can show the kids.

Consider Travel Protection

Travel protection plans are designed to help protect your trip from the unexpected. Flight delays definitely fall under that category, and the Travel Delay benefit may come in handy. Let’s say you’re forced to wait overnight for your flight. The Travel Delay benefit may reimburse you for the cost of a hotel room for the night. The kids would definitely appreciate sleeping on beds instead of hard chairs at the airport! The benefit may also reimburse you for the non-refundable, unused portions of your prepaid expenses for the trip.* You could save the money you recover for a future trip. Submitting a claim online is quick and easy. Just keep all your receipts and documents from the airline proving the delay. Visit www.travelinsured.com to learn more and view a variety of plans for your next trip. Bon voyage!

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