Trying to come up with good travel entertainment ideas, so you have plenty of things to do on a long flight, is sometimes easier said than done. Especially if you’re new to travel and haven’t been on an international flight before. Some people underestimate how boring, frustrating and just plain awful long haul flights are.

Not only are you stuck in a cramped and uncomfortable chair that’s way too small for most humans, you also run the risk of being seated near an annoying fellow passenger. I’m talking about those people who kick the seat in front of them, and the ones who think it’s okay to have loud conversations with someone from across the aisle.

Those people are not fun to travel with. So in order to make the best of a potentially (and more than likely) bad situation, you definitely need to be prepared. I’ve come up with ten of the best travel entertainment ideas for (almost) all ages. These probably aren’t suitable for babies or toddlers, but for almost any other age group – here are 10 things to do on a long flight!

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Travel Entertainment Ideas – 10 Things to do on a Long Flight

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Read a book

Reading a book is one of the best things to do on a long flight. Whether you prefer to go modern and bring along your kindle filled with an endless amount of e-books; or stay true to your classic self and pack your favourite real life book, there are plenty of options out there for the avid readers.


A kindle is the perfect option for someone who wants to travel light, but still have plenty of ways to stay entertained while flying. Being able to download a wide variety of books and magazines, there’s definitely something for everyone in the Kindle world.

Watch a movie (or a TV show)

Watching a movie is a great way to stay entertained while suffering through long haul flights. Most planes used for international flights have televisions on the back of each seat for passengers to watch a small collection of movies and TV shows selected by the airline.


But if you prefer to choose your own movie, bring along your laptop, tablet or even your smartphone. Purchase a few of your favourite movies or TV shows before you leave the house, and you will have hours of entertainment for your flight ahead!

Note: Don’t forget to pack your favourite pair of headphones to watch those movies!

Organise your life

Organising my life is one of my favourite things to do on a long flight. If you’re traveling to your destination, you could plan the first couple of days in your planner. I use a bullet planner to keep track of everything I’m doing, tasks I need to complete for both my blogging life and regular life and all sorts of other important things.


I came across the Bullet Planner, which is an Australian based company selling personalised, already created bullet planners. If you’ve ever thought hey, that’s an awesome idea! I’d love to create something awesome like a bullet planner, but didn’t know where to start and forgot all about it because you don’t have the time, the Bullet Planner is perfect!

Edit travel photos

This is great for anyone who is active on social media and documents their travels on a platform such as Instagram. I don’t do this as often as I should, but spending an hour or two on a long haul flights editing photos, is a great way to get things done.

As a blogger, it’s important to be consistent. By taking the time to properly edit photos that correspond with what I’m talking about in a particular blog post, helps you guys learn as much useful information as possible! I spent a couple of Bullet Train journeys in Japan, editing photos from the previous day’s adventures. This is the perfect time-waster (or time maximiser?) for photographers.

Use a gaming console

There are so many gaming consoles available that are perfect travel entertainment ideas. From the new and growingly popular Nintendo Switch (which Russell has and absolutely loves), to the more classic Nintendo DS. If you’re more of a PlayStation person, check out the Playstation Portable (PSP) and the Sony PlayStation Vita.


Both are great options for gamers, and will keep you entertained for hours on long flights. Most games can be downloaded digitally these days, which makes it even easier to travel with a portable gaming console.

Play travel sized board and card games

If you’re traveling with children, travel sized board games are one of the best things to do on long flights, and are guaranteed to keep your kids entertained for hours. You can find magnetic game sets with favourites like Checkers and Tic-Tac-Toe, Uno and even travel sized Yahtzee!


There’s definitely something for everyone, both kids and adults alike. Keep a collection in your house and have your kids choose their favourite to pack for the plane!

Listen to music

These days, most of us probably just listen to music on our phones. Whether you have an Apple or Android phone, they’re all very similar and do pretty much the same thing. Before leaving for the airport, purchase and download some new music to your phone, and don’t forget to pack your favourite pair of headphones!


Throwback or classic songs are also great for travel. These generally bring back memories from a particular time in your life, which could put you in a better mood and help you to forget that you’re stuck on a plane for hours on end.

Write or journal

Writing is another one of my favourite things to do on a long flight. Since I’m a travel blogger, I usually start or continue a new post while on flights or traveling by train. If you have a journal on your phone, tablet or laptop, use this time to do some writing. It’s a great way to combat anxiety if you’re afraid of flying, and can help to calm nerves.


You could also go the old fashioned route and start a pen and paper journal. Purchase a blank or lined notebook or journal and start writing about your day. This is a great way to record your travels, because you can even stick any tickets, boarding passes or travel mementoes inside!

Draw or colour in

Colouring books aren’t just for kids anymore – there are actual colouring books made for adults! I had one a while back, and although I didn’t actually use it on any flights, it was super relaxing. There are a ton of different varieties to choose from, for children and adults of all ages.


Note: Don’t forget to bring along some coloured pencils in a convenient travel case, too.

If all else fails, sleep (or drink)

I personally can’t sleep on planes. I’ve tried many times, in almost every position. Yes, I was probably that annoying kid who used to kick the back of your seat while you were trying to watch a movie. But as I’ve grown up, I’ve realised it isn’t actually socially acceptable to do this.


So instead, I’ve either accepted defeat and realised I’m never going to sleep anyway, so why bother trying; or drank my way to sleep in free (included) alcoholic beverages. Both options have their perks, but I generally choose the second. Now, I’m not one to promote unnecessary drinking, but if you’re of legal age to do so, and it will help you to forget you’re stuck on a plane for the next 10 hours, why not?


So there you have it, 10 of the best things to do on long flights. Flying for the first time can be nerve-wracking, so why not combat those nerves with some fun travel entertainment options! As long as it’s travel sized, doesn’t make a lot of noise and is safe to take on an aircraft, you can pack almost anything for some fun flight entertainment. Happy flying!


Did you like the sound of anything on this list? Tell me in the comments below what two of your favourite travel entertainment ideas were! If you are a regular flyer, be sure to tell me what your go-to things to do on long flights are! 

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Rhiannon is a travel blogger from Adelaide, Australia. Together with her partner, they have been traveling the world for around two years, and hope to not only visit every country in the world one day, but also live in Japan. Rhiannon started this blog back in September 2016, and has been helping people just like you, travel the world with ease!