tips for traveling with kids

tips for traveling with kids

{ Madrid's outfit details : NAVY POLO DRESS // WHITE BOW TODDLER SHOES // LION }

I follow many mom bloggers, and most days but especially when they travel, I ponder, "How do they do it?" Madrid, by the time she was 6 months old, had been on 13 flights. Leonardo took his first flight at 8 months. I guess by the numbers alone, you can tell that we either 1. were overly confident with our travel arrangements before Madrid arrived 2. were overly anxious traveling with two little ones or 3. all of the above.

Traveling with children is no joke. Sure, if you want to plug them into your iPad and sit back with your latest tabloid, then I would imagine it can be a lot easier than the way we do it. Our children don't watch TV. Like, ever. Madrid recently got to watch a part of Frozen and her mind was blown. She won't stop singing or dance around. So, plugging our children in for the flight was not our plan.

Our plan was to expect the worst and hope for the best. And we have very, very calm children. {Part of me thinks this is luck, and the other part thinks that it is the little exposure to technology and glowing screens. Not to mention their diet has no processed sugars...not judging! and this isn't the point of the post...} We have had a trip a month this summer, so we are now, naturally, experts. What I carry with us to keep everyone happy is listed below.

- snacks : I bring these PROTIEN BARS for my husband, Madrid and myself and buy water once through TSA. I always pack this NO SPILL TODDLER CUP for Madrid and this SIPPY CUP for Leo, as neither spill when I toss them in the diaper bag. I have learned the hard way to just not even fill them up until after TSA. You think you will remember to empty them out, but you have your hands full, to the brim. Once, we got held up and almost missed our flight {that we were already extremely late for} because they had to double/ triple test the small amount of water in a Leo's cup. If Leonardo doesn't want to nurse on takeoff or landing for his ears, I bring these FRUIT POUCHES for him to have something to suck on, since he doesn't use a pacifier. Also, then I am rest assured that the kids are getting some vegetables on a hectic travel day. I will also Amazon some to our location the day or two before we leave, as well as diapers, so it is one less thing to pack and worry about.

-a Ziploc with an extra outfit for Leo and extra undies and a dress for Madrid. We have never needed them, but we did once have an epic blowout on one of Madrid's first flights. I always bring this DIAPER CHANGER in the diaper bag and find it easy to use in the airplane bathroom and on the fold down tables if my husband is distracting Leo/ holding him still.

-I brought this cozy sweater for me and in case one the children did decide to nap. I am so glad I threw it in our carry on last minute as I used it everyday on our most recent trip to Sun Valley, Idaho.

- I like to hide new treasures in Madrid's backpack as something special and entertaining on the flight. She isn't allowed to peak until we are in our seats. {I had this BUTTERFLY TODDLER BACKPACK for travel and this SEERSUCKER MONOGRAMMED BACKPACK is for school}. New treats include this COLOR SAFE COLORING BOOK, this WOODEN PUZZLE SET, and this DORY STAMP SET. {#momtruth with both kids refusing naps and Leo doing an Irish jig on my lap one hour into a 3 hour flight, we gave in and let Madrid watch 'Finding Nemo'. Now these kind of toys make sense to her.}

-Leo gets new treasures too! I got him this BANANA TEETHER, these STACKING CUPS {surprisingly, the most entertaining thing to him!} and these FIRST TOOTHBRUSHES because he was teething on one of our trips, poor thing!

tips for traveling with kids

We try to get tickets and travel arrangements that coincide with naps, even though this summer has proven that our children don't sleep on flights. Since both children are still taking an afternoon nap, we try to purchase air travel that allows us to be at the place we are staying with extra time to get the children settled for their afternoon nap. That way, they have had at least one sleep in their new rooms for the vacation before the night time. Doing it this way has made it so neither child as ever woken in the night on vacation. Part of this is the excitement of vacation and part of this is the security of being comfortable in their surroundings. I also always bring their SOUND MACHINES and their own SHEETS. This may seem crazy, but again, I think it makes the children comfortable with little things from home. Travel is the exact reason that I choose this sound machine over other more advanced ones: it is cheap, small, and easy to replace or buy a new one.

tips for traveling with kids

For our most recent trip to the mountains, we brought this DOUBLE RUNNING STROLLER as we knew we would probably be running daily and possibly hiking on trails suitable for the off roading capability of this one. Yet, this summer we brought the UPPABABY CRUZ to Mexico {and carried Leo in the BABY BJORN} but when we went to Texas, we brought our other DOUBLE STROLLER. Don't let the airlines scare you! We {tried} to allow plenty of time for check in, were extremely nice and thankful to gate agents and TSA and did not get hassled about any stroller or the size of each double. After one flight, the gentleman responsible to bringing our stroller to the jet bridge, even set it up for us!

For those readers that personally know me or have seen me as a mom, know that I leave little to chance. So before each flight, I researched each airlines' website for weight and height restrictions for strollers and gate check options. Having used three different size stroller on each of our vacations this summer, I have yet to have a problem. The mom blogs and forums that I read about people that did have a problem made me come prepared: if I did get hassled or told that I couldn't bring the stroller though the airport, I was just going to tell the agent that I had researched the airlines policy and frankly, needed the stroller to survive in the airports. As one connection was incredibly close, I was thankful that I wore my WHITE NIKES and brought the running stroller as we got our exercise for the day going for a casual jog through the Salt Lake City Airport.

Again, hope for the best but be prepared for the worst: blowouts, no naps and unappreciative seat mates. Be prepared and always have a smile and you will find that {most} airlines and fellow travels will be willing to help you!

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