- carry on should always have:
- medication (for the kids)
- diapers and wipes
- change of clothes for all parties travelling
- iPad with headphones
- a small entertaining toy.
- I read somewhere that when travelling alone with kids, where dark sunglasses and put on fresh lipstick, maybe someone will think you’re famous and give you a little more leniency or help when you are cruising through the airport or getting on/off the plane.
- Stay hydrated with water as much as possible, however, there is an exception. If your kids insist on accompanying you to the airplane toilet, just hydrate normally or maybe a little less. Two toddlers and a mom in those tiny bathrooms… not spacious
- Find out where the bathrooms are located on the plane and book your seat with four rows of the toilets. When a little one says he has to go, that usually means he has to go, NOW!
- Flight service crew can make your flight awesome with kids, or the worst ever. I always try and be super nice and respectful to people in general, but I put an extra effort with flight crew, if they can, some of them will hold an infant while you use the facilities, or give you extra juice or allow you to run to the toilet with a 3 year old when you aren’t really supposed to be out of your seat.
Travelling with children can be challenging. However, if you take a different perspective, you can perhaps relax a little. Viewing travelling with children as an adventure you are giving them or a new experience, it takes me to a place of more patience, which you need with travelling with the little munchkins. Through trial, error and research I have come up with a few must do’s that work for me.