Travel Tip: Book a ‘Nap’ Flight

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If you’ve ever flown with kids, you know how nice it is when they conk out and take a nap for most the your time in the air. Well, I’m here to tell you that you don’t necessarily have to resort to sedating your kids to get them to sleep when you’re travelling. Rather, whenever we fly, we tell our kids that we’re on a “Nap Flight”. A “Nap Flight” is defined as a leg of the flight when everybody has to take a nap — except, of course, for the cockpit crew and the flight attendants. Granted, we don’t travel by air that much, but to this day, our eight year old will still ask, “Is this a nap flight?” before boarding an airplane. If your child is a little more skeptical, start pointing to people on the plane and say, “Look… He’s going to take a nap. She’s going to take a nap.” And so on, until they’re convinced. You’ll be amazed. This has worked wonders for us, and may work for you too!

Published on September 1st, 2006 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Kid Hacks,Travel
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  1. I never slept in cars or planes. It made my mother insane. (I still can’t sleep in anything moving- never could, don’t know why.) We used to fly from Germany to Dallas,TX a few times a year. By the time we got there, I would be hysterical with exhaustion, my mother would nearly be homicidal. It was awful! I wonder why it never dawned on her to sedate me?

    That said, this is a great idea! I think I was a weird kid, and most kids will sleep on flights/cars/etc.

    Comment by Catherine — Sep 14th 2006 @ 10:58 am
  2. I thought booking a flight for our 18 month-old boy that spanned his nap time was a great idea. Then, we got on the plane, and it was just too interesting for sleep. So, the result: we got to our destination much too overtired. Maybe if he had been a little older to understand the concept of “nap flights” it might have been better, and our fellow passengers would have been thankful.

    Comment by Rene Gourley — Oct 31st 2006 @ 1:33 pm

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