We are travelling with our son in the morning.
For the second time in his little life, we are heading to the airport, hopping onto a plane, and flying away to a warm and tropical destination…and I am both super excited AND absurdly terrified.
Because since my little one has started walking, he has refused to be contained in any shape or form. Strapping this kid into his car seat these days is like trying to wrestle an alligator. An alligator who cries and waves his arms about in a desperate-to-be-free rage.
So, how the hell are we going to do it?
How are we going to travel with this kid? How does ANYONE travel with kids?
Well, let me tell you, I have no idea. Just kidding. Well, sort of.
I mean, I know what works for us. And that is what I am going to share with you today.
How to travel with Kids
How To Travel With Kids – Image (c) mummalifelovebaby
Step 1. Book an aisle seat. Because you are going to be popping up and down out of that seat like a god damn yoyo for the whole flight. Someone is going to need to either pee or just run up and down the aisle to burn off absurd amounts of energy every 30 seconds. So just be ready.
Step 2. Pack anything that your kid has ever smiled at, or anything that could potentially stop the kid from crying. And yes, you may need to hire a private jet because of all of the crap you need but just do it. You wont regret it when it halts a World War 3 style tantrum mid-flight.
Step 3. Pack enough food for the whole family. Because even if your kid eats his supply till he pukes, the second he sees you eating something he will want it. And you will be hungry. So pack bloody loads of it. And then pack some more.
Step 4. Practise your reassuring smile in the mirror over and over until it doesn’t look quite so freaked out. And just remember…Babies can smell fear. So fake it till you make it.
Step 5. Cry. Just a little. Its ok mumma, let it out. Do what you gotta do to get through
Step 6. Bring a bunch of water bottles. And straws. And then just make sure that you are armed and ready to shove that thing in the kids mouth the second it opens up to let out a wail, at all times. You know, to stop the wail. And to stop the pressure build up in the ears
Step 7. Pack books. Many many books. Filled with many pictures that the little one can shout “shark” out when it most obviously is a dog. Sigh.
Step 8. Pack the iPad. But make sure that you stuff the damn thing with all of your child’s favourite kids shows before you leave. That way when all else fails and you need to zombie-fy your mini human, then you can just sit them down, switch on Peppa Pig and get at least 3 minutes peace.
So, don’t let the thought of travelling scare you. You will get through it. And if my tips above don’t work, then there is always wine.
Do you have any tips for travelling with kids? Leave a comment below as I would love to know! x
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