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I am packing for my big trip today...it is here! We are flying to Fort Lauderdale tomorrow, spending the night in a hotel on the beach, then onto the Bahamas the next day. For a week! It is about 800 degrees here, so I can't wait to get out of town. I'm sure it's just as hot there, but I'll be on the beach. Or in the pool.
I'm a little nervous since all the kids are coming with. This will be Katy and Carrie's first airplane trip. We decided to bring Katy's carseat, so hopefully she'll just sit in that and be pretty good. Our longest flight is only about two hours, so not too bad. Still, four kids and luggage in an airport it pretty scary.
Any tips on flying with kids, or just flying in general? We haven't flown at all in about five years.
Woohoo!! I'd be jealous except I'm so hot right now I'm dreaming of snow-capped mountains! LOL
We've flown with both the kids twice - the first time Isla was one and we didn't have her carseat and though we made it (obviously I guess) it was NOT fun. So bringing the car seat is a good idea I think - she was much better and actually slept for about 3 hours in it.
I would have the older kids carry their own backpacks with their snacks and toys in them. No drinks of course until you get into the gate area, but I brought sippys for both kids in the backpacks (so I knew I had room) and then bought one big water and filled them up before we boarded.
Don't let them bring toys with tons of little parts! I made that mistake and then I was fishing legos off the floor every 2 seconds.
If you are ok with it, bring gummy bears or jelly beans or something chewy (or gum for the big kids) for takeoff and landing. It helps with the air pressure, and since its a treat, it takes the kids minds off the scariest part of flying if they are nervous!
I make a secret trip to Target and get some new stuff in the dollar bins for her to play with. Then I bring it out on the plane. New stuff seems to keep them amused. Stickers were very popular, but I told her they had to go in the sticker book. I do the same about the sippy. I put empty ones in her carry on and then I get some juice for her on the plane. I bring lots of snacks too. You never know when you could get stuck at the airport. Make sure you have enough diapers or wipes if you need them.