wikiHow to Survive a Long Plane Ride (for Middle School Kids)

Long airplane rides are the last thing that you want to put up with: there's awful food, the seats are uncomfortable and impossible to sleep in, and you're bored out of your mind. Follow my instructions to make your 5 to 25-hour trip more enjoyable.

Steps

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    If you are traveling alone, you will be an "Unaccompanied Minor." Different airlines have different policies, so be sure to read up before you go.
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    Don't pack a huge carry-on bag. You'll either be crowded by it under the seat or annoyed when you have to be opening the overhead compartment. Just pack a backpack or medium-sized bag especially to carry on with all the stuff you need on the flight.
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    Bring what you like, but don't make it huge and know your limits. If you bring something battery run, bring extra batteries. If it requires charging, fully charge it before the trip. Some airlines will offer USB ports to charge devices (as well normal home plug-ins if possible), but you will have to see if your seat has it. The top essentials for a carry on bag are a tablet with a few movies on it, headphones, a few snacks, a charger, your phone, and gum to help your ears when you land.
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    If your family's seats include an aisle seat, ask for that one. They don't have the stellar views of window seats, but you can get in and out a lot easier (especially when people on the plane start falling asleep). If you still really want a window seat, you'll have to be aware that its complicated getting past the sleeping passengers next to you, so you'll want to use the restroom right before you get on the plane.
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    Unless you're traveling first class, bring snacks in your bag, so you won't have to eat the airplane food.
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    Bring a sport bottle on the plane, and ask the flight attendants to fill it with water when they come around for meals or snacks. Make sure you drink lots of fluids, especially water
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    Bring a fleecy pull-over, a sweater, or a light jacket. Even in summertime, the planes are cold.
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    If you have a portable DVD/MP3 player, by all means, use it! This will also help you prevent your ears getting plugged when you're so high up in the air.But don't forget it on the plane!
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    If you can't go to sleep in your seat, see if you can find another one. If you're comfortable with it, use the eye mask or earplugs, but most people find them uncomfortable.
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    Talk! Be social! There are sure to be other kids like you who are bored.
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    Read a good book, You get to entertain yourself as well as you learn about new things, plus if its very interesting chances are time WILL fly by.
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    This might sound childish, but you should use your imagination.
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    And don't keep looking at how much time is left. Have you ever heard the phrase "A watched pot never boils?" That's what this phrase is referring to! If you watch the clock, it will seem to not move at all.

Tips

  • If the popping gets unbearable, you can plug your nose and then exhale very forcefully. This pops ear bubbles!
  • If your ears feel blocked or start popping, try chewing gum.
  • If the popping gets really bad,you can ask the flight attendants to give you to plastic cups filled with paper towels soaked in warm water. Then press them to your ears--this really helps!
  • If you forgot to charge a device, politely ask one of the flight attendants if they have an outlet in the back you can use temporarily.
  • Charge all your electronics before leaving your home.
  • If there is next to nobody on the flight, look for an empty row with 3+ seats and sprawl out, as if you were in bed. Wear your buckle though!
  • When the seatbelt sign is off take a small walk around the plane to stretch your legs!
  • If you want to bring electronics, use them for some entertaining games or downloaded movies to watch, especially on long flights.
  • If possible, your in First Class, you have seats that can transform into Beds. But it's the most expensive option. Some airlines will provide pillows/blankets in Economy seats or Business if possible. To get yourself into first class, please see Get an Upgrade to First Class. Or, some airlines that have unaccompanied minors will also have a free seat to First Class, which has the same seat features as if you've booked, only with no additional features/perks.

Warnings

  • Do not unbuckle your seatbelt, use your electronic devices, or bring down your tray until instructed. Pay attention to all if the safety tips.
  • Do not attempt to sneak forbidden things on the plane, like flammable hand sanitizer, as it is sometimes considered a crime and you will be sued.

Things You'll Need

  • A medium to big size bag
  • Your favorite (compact) pastimes
  • Snacks (ie. crisps, nutrition/energy bars, sweets)
  • An empty sport bottle
  • A light jacket, sweater or pullover
  • Book(not a big, heavy one)
  • DVD Player
  • MP3 or an iPod
  • DSI or DS
  • Laptop

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