Try these 5 hacks to keep your kid’s mask on during a flight

Dec 5, 2021

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I’ve traveled with my now-16-year-old kid since they were 10 days old. Throughout the years, as parents, we felt the best way to prepare our child for travel was to practice and model behavior so there were no surprises once we were on board.

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It’s clear how important it is for everyone to comply with mask mandates on board flights, especially children who may or may not be vaccinated against COVID-19.

In light of the recent federal mask mandate extension for travelers on airplanes, trains and other forms of public transportation, we’re reviewing a few top tips and tricks for parents who might be wondering how they can get their kids to keep their masks on for the duration of a flight.

Related: Do your kids have to wear face masks on the plane?

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Try a 2-in-1 mask

My kid was obsessed with their pacifier up until the age of 3. The world was great as long as they had their pacifier, but things got really ugly without it.

This is why the PaciMask is pure genius. It allows you to attach your child’s pacifier inside the mask, making them much more willing to wear it. Plus, it comes in cute styles including superhero, shark, unicorns and daisies, at $22.99 each. Or, if you’re crafty like me, you can sew your own version.

Get creative

What kid wouldn’t want a cool Darth Vader face mask? (Photo courtesy of GameTimePrints)

Kids love to pretend to live in different worlds, such as a galaxy far, far away. Buy them cool masks, such as this Darth Vader version from GameTimePrints ($8.99), and make their flight part of the fun.

There are masks available for just about every fantasy: Disneyzoo animals, sharks and rhinos, princesses and more.

Keep them comfortable

(Photo courtesy of CreativelyCustomCo)

As an adult, the face mask ear loops can be painful during longer flights, so you can only imagine how kids feel.

I used fabric scraps to whip up headbands with buttons on the side to hold the mask on my kid’s face (I have my own version, too). But these lanyards work just as well. They can be wrapped around the neck or on top of a ponytail, and cost just $3.25. A mask with adjustable earloops could also help.

Masks with nose clips can also help you find the right fit.

Let them drink — safely

(Photo courtesy of Sunbeam General)

We’ve all heard the flight attendants telling us that our masks must stay on unless we are actively eating or drinking. That can be especially hard for kids, especially on longer flights. This mask, made by Sunbeam General, covers the drinking part. When your kid is ready to quench their thirst, they can open a velcroed patch to reveal a hole that fits a drinking straw. The mask is $10.

Related: TPG’s 7 favorite face masks and where to buy them

Lead by example

Above all, it’s up to parents to be good role models to ensure that their children — especially those who are not vaccinated — wear their masks when flying. So keep your mask on, and encourage your children to do the same. 

Feature photo by FamVeld/Shutterstock.

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