Buddyphones were provided for review consideration only. All opinions are my own and are honest. This post contains affiliate links.

We recently returned from our family vacation to Morocco. It was an 11-hour flight from JFK to Casablanca, Morocco with a 6-hour layover in Rome.  This is not the longest flight she has taken, but we did know that we could not and would not do this long flight without bringing some of her favorite things along. Because we knew from experience that long-haul travel with kids can be stressful, but it does not have to be. There are items you can bring with you to help keep your kids entertained, happy and safe, and happy during long-haul travel. When the kids are happy, the parents are happy, right? Keep reading to find our recommendations for Must-Haves for long-haul travel with kids.

Buddyphones Inflight

Have you read that the earbuds provided by airlines are recycled? Yuck! If that is, in fact, true, I am happy that my family travels with our own set of headphones, and you should too.  If you are not worried about germs for yourself, at least consider getting a set of kid-friendly headphones for your kids. We personally like Buddyphone Inflight.

Buddyphones inflight long haul travel with kids

Buddyphones Inflight is perfect for long-haul travel with kids. How many times can you stand listening to Kidz Bop? What if your child wants you to watch and listen to the Disney sing-along they’re watching? Buddyphones are perfect for solo listening as well as for multiple users. It comes with a detachable BuddyCable system that allows up to four audio cables to connect to one device, for easy sharing, as well as flat cable design for safety to minimize choking hazards. Plus, they are available in four cool colors: Blue, Green, Pink and Purple.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet

We cannot tear our daughter away from her tablet. Whether we are just driving 45-minutes away to visit grandma, on a weekend road trip or on a long-haul flight, her tablet tags right along.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet for long haul travel

The Kindle Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet is great for long-haul travel with kids, as it has plenty of games to keep the little ones entertained. We especially love it because it is also packed with learning activities and e-books. We have instilled in her that readers are leaders, and she should get in at least an hour of reading on her own per day. What better way to do it while traveling and on a fun device like the Kindle Fire?


When doing long-haul travel with kids not having access to their favorite shows, which provides them with some familiarity in a new environment is a bad idea. I am so happy that Netflix allows you to download your favorite shows and/or movies. This is a lifesaver for flights that do not offer personal television screens for in-flight entertainment. Yes, there are airlines that do not provide televisions for long-haul flights.

Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Melatonin Supplement

Long-haul travel can disrupt sleep patterns. Hell, it does it for adults. So, imagine a child! Kids my daughter’s age, should get at least 10 hours of sleep at night. Imagine being on a flight, and then changing time zones how much her schedule and sleep patterns are messed up. To get her back on schedule while we are away, we use Zarbee’s Naturals Children’s Melatonin Supplement. It helps her to fall asleep naturally, and get her sleeping schedule back on track both while we are away, and when we return home. It is also good to use during a long-haul flight if the flight is scheduled outside of the child’s regular sleep schedule. Even though we try and plan evening flights, it is sometimes hard, especially when a good travel deal hits. Our deal catchers know what I am talking about.

Buddyphones were provided for review consideration only. All opinions are my own and are honest. This post contains affiliate links.

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Kim is the do-it-all mom (and wife) who not only works full-time and is a freelance makeup artist, but also blogs about her love of family, travel, beauty and skincare. Now that she has a kindergartener, Kim has added Class Parent to her resume. These are all tough jobs, but somehow, she makes them look easy.

  • Jonna

    I think adults and kids need some of the same items. I definitely need to consider melatonin because I struggle to sleep on flights and get home exhausted.

  • Lesh

    A tablet for sure. Without it I think I would go insane. With that said the tablet HAS to have movies loaded.

  • I always make sure to have my tablet when we travel with my son!

  • Jessica Gipson

    A tablet is a must, my daughter has to have it when traveling.

  • heather b

    I would definitely recommend some kind of tablet and head phones

  • Kathy Davis

    Headphones would make great gift for my granddaughter if she listens to music as load as her Dad LOL

  • Julie Terry

    Your list is great, thanks for sharing. I have not taken my kids on a flight, but have done long road trips with them, and all your items listed would be good for those too.

  • Everything on this list YES!!! Those headphones are soooo cute. I’ve avoided long flights because of this reason but now that I know what to pack I think it’s worth a shot. Now we just need a destination. lol

  • I see several great products I could use. Travel helps are everything for me traveling with three kids.

  • beautifulweirdo

    I would love to try the kindle fire HD for my kids during travel. Thanks for sharing

  • I wish all of those things were around when my son was little, especially the Buddyphones. Those are really cool. These are all some great tips.. I’m going to share this with my friends.

  • Tiffany Heard

    I learned something new today, I had no idea they used recycled earbuds. I so wish I would have known, I would have probably politely decline. I’ve heard of Melatonin but have never used it, great to know it helps with natural sleeping. I have heard great things about Morocco, hope you all enjoyed

  • Shoot I could use all of these things myself. I’ve never done a long flight trip but these would help me stay preoccupied.

  • Yes to all of these things. My kids have their own entertainment travel bags. THey had head phone, tablets, MP3 player and journals. Thnak God for Netflix, it has everything they want and more.

  • KoKoa Magazine

    My kids have never been on a plane but that will change this year. This list is perfect and I do carry some of this for our road trips.

  • Carissa

    We are all about the iPads for our children when we go on long trips or going somewhere that they may need to be quiet or get restless. They can watch a movie or play a game. But it keeps them occupied. I also pack their own bags so they can have some of their favorite items in it.

  • Amanda W

    They say great minds think alike! I’m all about the kindle on long trips, It keeps my toddler occupied even with his short attention span, he can switch from movies to games to books and back. Headphones are a must. So are snacks!

  • Tyisha

    Great ideas listed. The kindle is something we never leave home without also. It comes in handy quite a bit and continues to teach them and allow them to be able to read and play as they wish.

  • These are adorable! I think it’s awesome that you are traveling with your little and that she can experience the world.

  • Good for her! So thrilled that you are getting your little one globetrotting early!! “Travel is the best education.”

  • Joyce Brewer

    I just upgraded our son’s Kindle, so I know what you’re going through.
    Unfortunately, he broke his headphone so we’re on the hunt for a new pair!

  • These are such awesome essentials. Traveling with kids is never easy, but your tips will help make it bearable 🙂 I love these tips!