First of all, wish us luck.
I don’t know what I was thinking, but I agreed to to take a trip with our two children that involves, a 3.5 hour plane ride and a 1.5 hour car ride. (And this doesn’t include the wait times… waiting in the airport, waiting at car rental place…)
I think the baby will be fine, it’s the toddler and meltdowns I’m worried about.
I’m hoping I don’t forget anything, and it all goes well with a few tricks I have, but I’d love to have more, so please tell me yours.
1. I make a to-do list and packing list
This is key for me, as these days I forget a lot of things. On my To-Do list I have such things as -
Cancel Mail & Paper ** Inform neighbors ** Check Windows ** Heat / AC off ** Tickets ** Passports
On the Packing List, I of course have clothing listed, but I also list miscellaneous items we might need -
Medications ** Lovies ** Sippy cups ** Thermometer ** Sound Machine ** Nightlight
2. I talk to JBird about going and let her pack her own carry-on
Last year, I bought JBird her own carry-on, and let her pack it. Once on the plane, she knew what she had to play with and did well, for the first half-hour. Thankfully, my carry-on bag was packed to keep her occupied for most of the plane ride….
3. I pack my carry-on with items to Stimulate all Five Senses
Sight = Videos! I bring our iPod loaded with movies (and charged up), colouring books and crayons.
Hearing = iPod loaded with songs
Touch = Puffy stickers, tons of books (hardback, flap, softcover).
Smell = I load up on scratch and sniff stickers and markers.
Taste = Snacks! and lots of them. Nothing is worse than traveling with a hungry child.
4. I create waiting games
We have a lot of time we are going to need to occupy, at the airports (did I mention we have connecting flights with 2 hours between??!!), at the car rental booth and in the car. So we play games like I Spy, and Airport Bingo – I made a board in Excel. JBird marks her squares off with star stickers.
And if all else fails
I BRIBE (see #7)
I would really love to hear any tips or tricks you have for travelling with children.