10 tips to have a smooth plane trip

I am on a plane today with my parents, Bubba, and Princess. Here are some tips to make the process smooth.

  1. Bring 2 changes of clothes for everyone. You never know what could happen.
  2. Bring toys and movies they have never played with before. If the toys are new (or new to them), it will make them more intrigued to play with them for a longer time (at least you hope)
  3. Bring a stroller. Seriously. Even though Bubba rarely is in a stroller, I have brought an umbrella stroller to make going from gate to gate easier.
  4. Try to reduce the number of bags you bring. We have one checked bag and two carry ons between the three of us.
  5. Bring eye masks and neck pillows (if they will help your kids sleep)
  6. Have newly potty trained kids in pull-ups. Bubba will be wearing pull-ups for the whole day: Even though he has not had an accidents in weeks, I don’t want to set him up for failure.
  7. Bring games and movies everyone will enjoy. Having two kids with a 7 year age difference can he hard. I always try to make sure there are things we can all do together when they both want my attention.
  8. Bring lots and lots of snacks. Also try to buy food at a restaurant in the airport so that you can eat more then snacks.
  9. Go to the bathroom before getting on the plane. I try to avoid airport bathrooms at all costs. There is no way to do it this trip but it doesn’t mean I won’t try.
  10. Relax Traveling with kids is stressful but you are making memories with your kids. Don’t worry about what others think.