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No more toys falling down from airplane tray table

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A good airplane travel tray creates a special place for your kids during the flight. With the right toys it enables hours of a quiet creative pretend play, and keeps the toys from falling down and rolling away. There's plenty of choice but it turns out only few of the travel trays really work well on the plane.

Avoid carseat trays!

If the tray is described as a carseat tray, it won't be any good for the air travel. Such tray is required to be sturdy enough to create a flat surface while on the lap, which makes it unnecessary bulky and heavy. Don't let "foldable" and "travel" wording confuse you: they are not air-travel-portable. Unlike inside the car, on the plane there's a tray table that provides a flat surface, and all you need is just a cover with sturdy walls to keep the toys on it.

You also want the travel tray to be designed to fit the tray table. The size matters, but what matters even more is for the tray to be fixated well and move the slig…

What worked for us on long-haul flight with toddlers

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Amazing, how little practical advice is out there and how useless the generic tips are!

Wouldn't it be great if I knew how to put my little one to sleep in an economy class chair? I mean, how does it physically work in these extra-tight chairs we've come to know in the 21st century? Wouldn't it be awesome to know ahead of time what I can do when my daughter's ears hurt during climb or descent? If only I could master making those flimsy plastic headphones work for my 3 years old... and stopping her toys from rolling away using just my willpower.


Generic tips don't teach this magic. Our family is learning it the hard way. We live in US West coast and traveling to Europe every summer. 15+ hours in the air, two or three legs. Three kids: two, three and five years old as of writing. We love traveling with kids and staying home is not an option.
I'd like to share some things we learnt so far. The list is not comprehensive in any way, and we keep learning with every fli…