How to travel with two kids to Europe. Let me start with, “What on earth did I get myself into!?” I am sure, everything on our trip to the grandparents went wrong. Like it was not already stressful enough to fly with a 3-year old and a 9-month old by myself across continents. No, we not only missed one of our connecting flights, we also had to deal with 100 toilet breaks, crying outbursts, oh, and not to forget the stomach bug my 9-month old came down with (which turned out to be her first tooth coming in). Yep, I know what you are thinking… This woman is insane. I guess you have to be a little crazy and daring with strong nerves to get through this. 24 hours and 3 airplanes later here are the tips and tricks to stay calm and in control.
- Pack extra clothes!!
For my 3-year old, I packed 2 outfits and for my 9-month old 3. (Sleepers are easy-on/easy-off if needed.) I also packed 1 extra outfit for myself. Oh boy did I need them all… My 9-month old had two mega blow outs and both of them leaked through (one time on me). (Oh, the joys of teething.) My 3-year old was just fine no spills (so proud of him).
- Keep Cool
Before we left, I was so worried that my kids would be the ones that were screaming and loud on the 9-hour flight. What would the other people think about me and my kids? I’ll tell you what, I did not care what the other people thought on that day. It was crazy enough as it was, when my 9-month old decided to start teething that day. That tooth controlled our entire trip!
So, yes there was a lot of crying, but the more you worry about what others might think and the looks on other people’s faces, the more stressed you will get. Your stress will be felt by the kids and they will be affected by it too.
Just stay as calm and be as understanding as you can. It is a lot on their little bodies and minds. Just comfort them as good as you can and ask for help if needed. The flight attendants were all very helpful, so just keep cool mama .
- Be Mobile
I thought I could manage with only my baby carrier for my 9-month old and my 3-year old could walk. But, I am so glad I decided to also bring along an easy-to-fold stroller for my older kid. Not only could I manage to move quickly to my connecting flight, it also made it easier because he could rest in the stroller. I was no struggle keeping him by my side. In addition, the airports are big; there are lots of people and it gets stressful. Trying to make him walk while he is overtired would have been a terrible mistake.
- Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are nice people around you that will help get your suitcase from the baggage claim. Flight attendant will try to make your flight easier and help you out if you need to go on toilet or with other little things.
Both of my kids did not care for the food on the airplane. They ate a small amount of the plate they put in front of them but got hungry very quickly after. So always have lots of snacks with you or let them eat a meal at the airport. We went and got us a meal before the flight and took it with us on the plain. That way they could always have something if they needed it or, if momma needed it, because no way did I have a chance to eat at the times they gave out food on the flight. You could ask the flight attendant if they would save your food until they could spare the time to watch your screaming little girl while you eat as fast as you can.
Well as crazy as it was, I would travel with kids it again. Time with the Grandparents mate it all worth it. I hope I could help you a little bit and did not scare you away from flying with two little ones. It was crazy that time, but on our way home it was all so much easier and calmer.
What were your funniest and craziest things that happened traveling with your kids? Do you have any other live saving tips for us parents?
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