The boys and I are going on a trip on Monday. We are super excited to see friends and family to do special fun things. I will be extra excited after I have a large chunk of items crossed off my mile-long prepping-for-the-trip-to-do list. So much to do!
But for now, I'm experiencing a fear of flying. I haven't had to fly on a commercial flight for about 2 1/2 years (totally lucked out on that one), not since Gunner was still a lap child. Hobbes has never been on a plane. Spiff is staying home to work, so I'll be doing this alone.
I looked online last night for tips for flying with young kids. Mostly, I was looking for fun game and entertainment ideas for the kids. But what I got was stories like this one, which made me terribly afraid to take my kids on a plane! Not that I think someone is going to slap my kid, but I guess it's not out of the realm of possibilities. Other possibilities running through my head are that Hobbes runs away and gets lost in the airport. Can you say "Loose Cannon", folks? Because that's what he is. I lost him in the library the other day. Keeping track of him in an airport is going to be tricky, to say the least.
So, I'm looking for ideas. Real ones. Ones you use with your kids. What works to keep your kids happy(ish) and cooperative(ish) in the airport and on the plane.
Friends, help me get through this, please!
What we have:
We all have our own seats on the plane.
We have a layover.
The boys each have their own backpack.
I have my Ipad.
Questions I have:
How do I get all my stuff (carseats, luggage, etc.) from the car to the check-in?
How do you handle food/snacks/meals?
How do you decide what to bring in carry-on bags in order to be prepared for all possibilities, without bringing too much to carry?
And please enlighten me on all things I haven't thought of.
Thanks ahead of time! My love to you all (all eight of you)!