So this one time, I decided to be
crazy BRAVE, and fly with my three kids, aged 3, 2, and 11 months, by myself to visit my family. I live a 15 hours car drive away from them, so driving was out of the question. My husband doesn’t get much time off from work, so if I want to see them, I gotta go on my own. So, flying is the best option.
We live about 3 hours from the airport, it’s a two and a half hour flight, and the another 3 hour drive to my parents. I knew it was going to be a LONG trip, but we decided to stay for 10 days to make it worth it. To my surprise, the traveling went pretty well! I figured that I would share a few of my tips to help anyone else that finds themselves in a similar situation!
1. Pack light. Especially if no one is picking you up at the airport. I was able to fit all of our clothes in one suit case, and I just had a backpack for a carry on. I didn’t have the kids carry anything.
2. If possible, get a flight without layovers. Layovers are hard anyway, add little kids into the mix and it gets that much worse.
3. Back healthy snacks. Junk food makes my kids insanely hyper. That is NOT a good thing if they’re trapped on an airplane!
4. Don’t pack a ton of toys. In my experience, little kids get bored faster when they have more options of toys. If they know they only have one or two toys, and that’s it, they play with those two toys so much better.
5. Pack headphones. A lot of planes have built in TVs, which are a HUGE life saver, but not if they can’t listen to them!
6. If you need help from the flight attendant, ASK. Often times, they are busy helping other people and don’t realize that you need their help, too.
7. Don’t worry too much about what the other passengers say, do, or the way they look at you. This is huge. Seriously. My kids were REALLY good, but at one point my 3 year old started kicking the chair in front of him. The lady looked back and gave him the meanest look you’d ever seen! Do your best to keep your kids happy, but don’t stress over the things you can’t control.
8. If you haven’t given them Benedryl before, DON’T! Even if your doctor suggests it. I made the mistake of doing this the first time I flew with my son. His doctor told him the Benedryl would help his ears and would make flying easier. It turns out my son (and many children) has the opposite reaction when it comes to some medication, and he was crazy during the flight.
9. If you have a young child, consider using a baby carrier instead of a stroller. Strollers are one extra thing to take care of when it gets time to get on the plane. I use an Ergo, but there are many good options.
10. Whatever you do, don’t tell your kids you’re flying until the day you go! You’ll never hear the end of it!Share