A vacation can be a great way for families to bond, but it helps to get off on the right foot. If you or someone else in your family suffers from flight anxiety related to air travel, it can put a strain on your trip before it even gets started. If you’re visibly nervous during a flight, it can affect your kids’ attitudes, as well. Younger children may say they’re too scared to even get on a plane. That’s why it’s important to learn how to manage their (and your) nervousness about flying.
One of the most effective methods of overcoming anxiety during a flight is to stay busy. Bringing along some favorite books, small toys or games will help your kids take their minds off the experience. Listening to music or wearing loose-fitting clothing can help them (and you) feel more comfortable. Showing them how planes work and familiarizing them with the cabin features also can reduce anxiety, especially if they are taking their first flight. If possible, try to avoid sitting in the rear of the plane where you are more likely to encounter turbulence.
A vacation is much less relaxing when you or your children are stressed. Follow the tips in the accompanying guide and you can make your family’s flight much more enjoyable.
Overcoming Flying Anxiety guide created by Latitude 33 Aviation a Private Jet Charter Company
Michael Giesbrecht is Director of Marketing and Business Development for Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet charter, aircraft management and aircraft sales company. He has 15 years of experience in the industry and focuses on helping clients enjoy the best of what private aviation has to offer.