The anxiety is starting to creep in. In one week I will be traveling with a three year old and a baby. Oh yeah, and my nine month old. So my husband seems to think we are taking one suitcase for the three of us. I’m wondering if he’s going naked and leaving the kids at security. We are also taking presents and warm clothes. We were going to take two strollers along with a car base and seat. Again, I must of thought our imaginary assistants where going to help us push them, along with the suitcase, three carry-ons and hold my three year old who insists on being held and hates the stroller (unless, of course his brother wants to be in it). I keep reminding him that he has two legs.
So I decided to do a little research for all of us Holiday Travelers (those two words deserve to be capitalized). Holiday Travelers are people that travel during the holidays. They are brave people. In case you needed clarification.
What is my plan?
The obvious things are to get boarding passes online, get to airport early, bring birth certificates for children and licenses for yourselves in clear baggy in accessible place but also a safe place (with zipper)and weigh your luggage at home so there are no surprises.
I researched traveling with a toddler before when I traveled with just one. I found some great ideas. Here’s a few;
1. Bring sparkly holiday ribbon and tie to the arm handle in the airplane (babies are obsessed with sparkly, crackly things).
2. Go to the dollar store and buy some very small kids items that you can wrap and stick in your diaper bag. Tell them that Santa gave you a few for the trip, but only if you are nice can you open them (of course the baby is like, “what? gimme that!)) You can also wrap with tin foil to avoid tape (plus it’s really shiny). But you get the idea. Only play with one at a time otherwise the novelty will wear off. For creating a busy bag for the flight click here for a looksy.
3. Dress kids in easy to remove clothing like pajamas (and pack another easy outfit).
4. Pack REALLY FUN snacks. I mean, go all out. Remember to buy lightweight, nothing that’s really going to weigh your diaper bag down.
6. Make sure one of your seats is any isle seat (easier to access bathroom and not feel trapped)
7. Become BFF’s with flight attendants. They always remember a grateful passenger and will have your back.
8. Have your hubby go ahead to get situated in plane with as much luggage as he can while you stay with kid/kids and go in at last minute. There’s nothing worse that ancy kids in a stand still plane.
9. Bring lollipops for ear discomfort or pain.
10. Ideas for toys…
stickers and little squares of cardboard
travel magna doodle (mini)
DVD player and headphones
favorite DVD’s with a couple new ones as a surprise….
invisible coloring books
11. Utilize the straws, napkins and paper cups (ask for extra).
12. Bring plastic baggies for poop and garbage. Nobody likes messy people leaving food and paper on the floor. I hang a bag on the armrest for garbage.
Remember, a lot of people have children and grandchildren. They are Aunts and Uncles. There will always be some nitwit who is annoyed with the fact that they have to be in close proximity to families with children. But in my experience, people are generally compassionate. They understand your stress and many people have moved so that we could sit together as a family, not batting an eyelid. I even had a woman grab my son out of my arms and rock him and play with him. And although some of you would say, “I would never let a stranger do that!” she had grandkids. She seemed more at ease at tending to him than me. And I got to relax for a second. So sit back and let the fun begin. It will be over before you know it.
*articles I pulled for this article