“Mommy, Are You Ready For Take-off?”, Hunter asks about 20 times as we sat on the tarmac waiting for the okay to start our departure. My two year old had been particularly cranky these past few days and his 30s something year old Mother wasn’t acting much different. Unfortunately the three year old was more or less along for our emotional ride.
Next time, I will check to see if our desired travel dates coincide with the full moon, and maybe delay plane travel all together until the kids are 3 and 4.
I used to be such a good flyer. Now it just stresses me out. I am still efficient. I even make it to the airport earlier than I did without children. But, packing for a family of three and sometimes four, if my husband joins us, creates more anxiety than being confined in a small cabin with people that I know just loathe us.
At this point, I just prefer driving. If we get crazy, there is no one to judge us. I don’t have to worry about your germs (which I swear I didn’t even think about before I had kids, but now I actually wiped down the seats and tray tables before take off). I am as sure as heck not sleeping on the plane at this point, so I might as well be driving.
But, here we are, forced to make this plane thing work for little people who defy every rule and courtesy that plane travel enforces and suggests.
I wrote this over a year ago. Man, it must have been a bumpy ride – I sound so cynical! But we did fly a few times after that dreaded flight. And, I learned a thing or two from our experience worth sharing. So, I have laid it all out for you in my Family Travel Essentials Guide. It covers airplanes and road trips and every thing you need to know and bring with you to make it easy, comfortable and fun when traveling with the family – even at 30,000 feet in the air or 3,000 miles on the road.