Posted on July 12, 2017

Tips for Air Travel with Kids – Why I Always Let Them Bring Their Tablets

This blog post is part of a paid Red Tricycle and Amazon Fire Kids Edition blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. #RTfireforkids

Tips for Air Travel with Kids

If you have traveled by plane with a small child before, you know how stressful it can be. It’s not just about not missing your flight because your alarm didn’t go off. It’s about getting to the airport and through security with the kids, baby gear, snacks and preferably, your sanity. Then there’s the wait for your flight. If you don’t get to the airport early enough to get through a long security line, you risk missing the flight. If you get to the airport nice and early, you can end up with a couple of hours that the kids need to be kept occupied before you ever even set foot on a plane.

Tips for Air Travel with Kids

All of the above are reasons that we let the kiddos bring their tablets along when we travel. Lily has a regular Fire Tablet while Landon is currently test driving a Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet. We love that this tablet includes a 2-year worry-free guarantee (with our adventurous 3 year old, this seemed like a great perk).

There are several very specific times during trips involving air travel when it’s nice to have the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet on hand:

1. During travel to and from the airport

2. Waiting for your flight in the terminal

3. During the actual flight (once electronic use is permitted)

4. In the airport bathroom when your potty trainer is taking his jolly old time going #2

5. During a long wait for your luggage over at baggage claim

6.  While you fill out the paperwork at the car rental stand

No Wifi?  No problem!  Even though the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet features Dual-Band Wifi, another option for offline viewing is to add a Micro SD card (not included).  The memory card slot on this tablet supports a Micro SD card up to 256 GB.  That gives you a TON of storage space for downloaded content like shows and movies.  Play these back anywhere, at anytime, as Wifi is NOT required.

I love that this tablet has a headphone jack.  This way the entire airport does not have to listen to whatever Landon might be playing or watching.

I typically enforce screen time when we are at home, but I find that when we are traveling long distances (hours via plane or days via car), I relax the limits and let the kids do whatever keeps them quiet (within reason LOL).

When you are looking for a tablet option for the preschool aged crowd (3+), I have recommended the Fire Tablets without hesitation for a couple of years now.  Our tablets have gone through extensive travel and home use and are still working great.

Some of the other note-worthy features of the Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet include:

  • Access to over 10,000 kids books, movies, games and apps
  • 2 year worry-free guarantee. If they break it, return it and Amazon will replace it for free. No questions asked.
  • Exceptional parental controls allow you to manage usage limits, content access, and educational goals
  • Comes with a Kid-Proof Case
  • Includes a 1 year subscription to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited (my kids LOVE this service!)

What’s included in the box:

Black Fire 7 tablet, Amazon Kid-Proof Case (choose from several colors when you purchase), Amazon 5W power adapter, USB charging cable, built-in rechargeable battery

Discount: If you would like to try out the Amazon Fire Kids Edition, I have a pretty sweet 20% off discount code to give you to redeem HERE!  Then head over to Amazon to purchase your Fire Kids Edition.

One more (important) point! This tablet was an absolute BREEZE to set up! We went from right out of the box to the kid enjoying the tablet in mere minutes.

Fire 7 Kids Edition Set Up

As you can see, someone is pretty happy!  I am pretty happy too. I love the expansive library of kid-friendly apps that he can choose from and I REALLY like knowing that this tablet is protected by that 2-year worry-free guarantee!

Landon on TabletLandon on Tablet 2Landon on Tablet 3

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