Flying Far for the Holidays?
With 3 minutes of preparation (see below), you can enjoy one of our puzzles on the plane. It's a great way to break up a long-flight, and is a fun way to have "quality" time with your kid/companion without making as much noise as most 2-person activities.
Here's our tried-and-tested tips for how to enjoy a wooden jigsaw puzzle on a plane:
- Choose a small or medium-sized puzzle:
- Note lighting may now be great, so best to pick something with some bright colors like Circle of Time or Fabric Owls.
- Also, you're going to want to finish it in one sitting, so pick something a bit on the easy side.
- Rubber-band or tie with twine the box shut. The magnetic clasps aren't strong enough for travel. Don't just tape because you'll need to re-close it :).
- Pack a 2-3 feet segment of aluminum foil in your carry-on - I usually fold it up and pack it next to my magazines, but rolling it up works fine too.
- Before you take the puzzle out on the plane, get out your aluminum foil, and make a little tray to work on, by doubling up the foil for strengths and then folding up the edges to make a "tray". I like to fold up a roughly 1" wall on all 4 sides.
- Put your box inside the tray, and get the pieces out. Pieces should never leave the tray!
- The aluminum tray makes it easy to:
- rotate the whole thing when you need a fresh perspective
- fold it up and "store it" if food comes or if you don't quite finish
- get more surface area to work with than the airplane tray
- the surface will make it harder for pieces to get knocked around and go flying
Flying Business Class?: Good for you! Puzzling by yourself is great in Business Class due to the larger trays / space (but still - use the aluminum foil tray, otherwise you will lose pieces!). However, be warned if there are two of you in Business Class it's almost a bit hard to puzzle together with the fancy business class seats these days. However, you can make it work by making an extra thick (e.g. 3-fold or more) aluminum foil tray and balancing the tray on the shared armrest.