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It's Not Charged?!

Uploaded: Sep 10, 2015

When flying with kids, things don't always go as planned. I'm still not sure exactly how it happened, but somehow I ended up on a cross country flight with a preschooler and an iPad about 5% charged. Thankfully our external battery had some power left but the iPad was not going to last very long - especially with our son using it to watch shows and play games.

Luckily, our son has enough technological knowledge to understand that the iPad would die during our flight. And he knew me well enough to see that I was clearly shocked and scrambling for a solution to this mess.

Even with very limited battery power, the iPad was truly a lifesaver for us during this flight. I was a nervous wreck when I noticed the iPad's low battery. Our son actually took the news much better than I did - probably because he didn't really know just how long a 6 hour flight is.

While I saw that our son could be entertained on a flight without constantly using an iPad, I have no desire to repeat the experience again.

What is your favorite technology-free way to entertain little ones on a flight?