I just read in this travel magazine a reader tip for travel that I found pretty smart and cute. Here it is :
Before I took my son on his first flight, I printed out stickers saying “I’m sorry if I’m a little fussy. This is my first flight, and it’s a bit overwhelming. My parents are doing the best they can, and they appreciate your patience. Owen, 8 months.” I attached the stickers to candy bars that I gave out to nearby passengers. We all enjoyed the flight.
I remember my first time in a commercial airplane I was about 8 or 9 and I was going to Disneyworld. Of course my ears popped so bad but my parents had no idea how to make it better other than giving me some gum to chew. I remember being in excruciating pain and crying and screaming like a lunatic. It wasn’t until a few years later that I learned about the “close your nose and blow it out your ears” method which has worked wonders for me for years now.
I think that on the planes, there should be an included card that explains the changing air pressure and its effects on your inner ears and gives a few methods to deal with it. If my parents knew it, they could have saved me from an awful experience.