Flying with children
Yay, it’s time to travel and the kids are ready to go.Say hello to distant lands, new cultures and travel pains.
Whether you’re a parent or fellow traveler, we’ve all witnessed over-exhausted parents and children suffer through torrential meltdowns. And who can blame them? Travel ain’t easy! However, packing the perfect FUN BAG can preserve your sanity, spare your children from being scarred for life, and is easy on the wallet.
Every age can be distracted with the right programming. Success begins with smart packing. Avoid high airport fees and pay for luggage in advance. Keep in mind, picking up necessities once you’re gone can be expensive and possibly a real hassle to come by.
Most important, pack the essentials as efficiently and light as possible. You will more than likely be responsible for carrying the fun bag, along with your bag, and the child you’re traveling along with during your journey.
On the go hygiene – When traveling you pass through so many public spaces that are basically germ hubs. Wipes and hand sanitizer help to avoid the cold-causing germs.
Gum & tissue – Our little one’s ears are fragile and their noses run for no reason at all. Make sure you have plenty of G&T at your disposal.
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Snacks – Probably the most important peacekeeping tool when dealing with our little bosses. Keeping them full is the first step. Small portion finger-foods are a treasure for long hauls.
Pop-up stroller – Invest in an easy-to-fold lightweight stroller. Walks to the gate can be miles long and carrying sleeping children can feel like hauling bricks.
Give your children something to do besides drive you nuts. Learning games and arts/crafts are the keys to friendly skies.
Watch, compass, & maps – Provide your little explorer with the tools to chart your trip. My son gets so excited when the needle moves as the plane makes it course during ascension. It’s also a great opportunity to get familiar with the geography.
Disposable camera – Yes, they still make them and develop film. It may sound ancient, but it’s a wonderful way to capture a child’s perspective and experience when they are in control of the camera. My mini-globetrotter loves being a photographer and reliving the trips with friends and family.
Play-Doh – Be creative and brush up on motor skills with a classic. Even parents can enjoy this activity. My son and I built a small city on our way to Reykjavik.
As your child grows, develops new interests, and becomes more travel savvy, the contents of the bag will change. Be wise, stay prepared and breath!
Real-Life Mommy Travel Addict