We successfully traveled all day with our 2 year old and 10 month old yesterday. It was relativity whine-free! If you have ever traveled with young kids, I would call that a success. I would like to attribute that to being really organized and not having to search for things while we were in transit, and partially due to the fact that the baby is getting to be a better traveler. But I’ll pass along my system for organizing the airplane stuff for our flights yesterday. (More about what to bring along on the airplane here…)
Here’s what I did:
1. Pack a snack/lunch bag for each kid. The kinds of things in this bag were peanut butter sandwiches, cheese puffs for the baby, goldfish crackers, raisins, fruit snacks, lollipops, etc.
2. Pack a bag of small toys for the baby. This bag had teethers, small board books, Pat the Bunny (book), rings, a book of photographs to look at. Her main interest on the flight was the seat magazine, empty cups, wrappers, and taking things in and out of the bag though.
3. A bag of toys for the two year old. This bag had a sticker activity page, a new toy truck, playdoh, crayons, a coloring book, card game, and a favorite book.
We packed another set of bags for the return flight in our checked bag. We are hoping for another day of travel with few tears on the way back home too.
The best part of this system was the fact that we only brought one bag on the plane, and put both the kids’ bags and diaper supplies together in one bag. We were able to take out the snack and toy bags to fit in the seat back pocket for easy access. No fumbling under the seat when your toddler changes his mind for the tenth time about what toy he wants to play with!
I hope this system works as well for you as it did for us! Happy travels!
I will be taking a break from the internet for the next two weeks while we visit our families for the 4th of July. I hope you all have a great 4th of July!