Re: air travel tips
posted at 10/30/2012 10:45 AM EDT
Stef-you'll need the stroller to keep the kids contained...so bring the cheapest one you have! It will get knocked around-but should come through mostly okay.
You can bring milk in a prepackaged container through security-but it is hit or miss on your TSA agent if you can bring it through with out testing it. On our way out of logan to orlando last month the agent insisted on testing it, so it was all wasted. On our way home the orlando TSA agent just let us through. Previously from Logan we never had a problem. It is totally hit or miss. So, I'd grab a few to bring, but be willing to toss them if they want to test them. We had a hard time finding milk in the airport or on the plane. (we had little time in the air port to go to every store/restaurant asking for milk.
Toys-the target $1 bin rocks. grab a bunch of stuff and have fun.
TV-yes, you bend the rules! When traveling you enter survival mode, you spoil your kids, you get through it. We let DS watch as many movies as he wants, if he's happy it's a happy flight and shorter flight. But Jet Blue as the TV in the head rest-they'll have fun just playing with the remotes.
Bring lots of snacks!
At 2 we did have DS use the CARES harness. It def helped us feel better. Now that he's older we don't have him use it. DD will start using it on our next trip.
Grab those clorox and wet wipes packagages from the travel bins at Target. There will be sticky places you will encounter and just want to give things a wipe. You may have to relax a big on the germs, but there is nothing wrong with giving the toys a wipe down after the kids drop them.
Yummy Earth makes good lollipops, they have the organic Vit C ones, we let the kids suck away on these as much as they want-again, I surrender any "good" parenting to get through the travels. It's hit or miss to find them at whole foods, but I can usually find a big bag of them at Homegoods.
Remember FL is only a few hour trip, you will survive. If you haven't flown with the kids yet, they will be so excited, explain the process frequently to them tell them what to expect. Make sure you and DH know your roles at the security check point-one person handles kids, the other luggage. One handles getting food, the other kids.
We've also found giving DS his own back pack and allowing him to take 3 small toys and books has helped. He has stuff he wants to play with that day. And he gets to be in control of a small back pack-he always wants to be a helper when traveling, so to keep him out of our stuff we give him his own. And he feels like a grown up.