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We may have wrapped up spring break, but summer vacay will soon be upon us... Time to hop on a flight and explore an exciting destination with your squad of littles. If you've got big plans to travel this season, then we've got some nifty tips for you. Heed these smart tricks to keep your tots entertained on long journeys.

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To start with, pack their best-loved stuffed toy – the connection kids have with their soft toys can be very comforting – they provide a buddy to cuddle if they are a bit scared, and brings familiar comfort in strange, new and chaotic surroundings.

Tablets & smartphones – A smartphone, tablet or iPad full of children’s e-books and movies is a wonderful way to ensure they stay entertained for a while. You could also download games, educational apps and other multimedia platforms that your little ones might find entertaining.

Kid’s headphones – We all worry about our children’s hearing. You can now buy headphones that are specially made for kids – they have built-in volume control, to ensure little ears don’t get damaged, and those sitting close by don’t get irritated by secondary noise.

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Finger foods – Raisins or other small snacks allow babies and toddlers to practice their pincer movement and finger dexterity. For older children, biscuits can be a good choice, and lollipops as well to help with the change in air pressure.

A children’s magazine – Pick one up from the airport for cheap, and they almost guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment. You often get freebies like stickers and other smaller toys – bonus!

Crayons – To draw with or use with activity books. No need to sharpen, and if you get them on your clothing they easily wash off!

A new toy – You can’t beat the excitement a new toy brings! A new toy will certainly provide extra entertainment… at least until the novelty wears off, or it breaks!

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