When I first realized we would be traveling for the first time with two kids I was excited! I mean, I had traveled a TON with Emmalyne (40+ flights) so how much harder it could be? I was expecting to be able to share with you some awesome tips about how to fly with two kids. My only tip? Don’t do it. I kid …. kind of.
My mom-ego was devastated this weekend as we traveled the short distance from Savannah to Nashville. So much so that I break out in a cold sweat thinking about our cross-country trip for Christmas. It was so bad I wanted to curl up in the fetal position at the airport in Atlanta. So instead, here are some things to avoid while flying with two kids. Lessons learned my friends. Lessons learned.
1. Know you are going to have way too much stuff.
You would think we could “pack light” since we were only gone for a weekend right? Well traveling with kids means that packing light no longer exists. Since we were going to a wedding we needed a hanging suitcase for my dresses, Chris’ suit, and the girl’s clothes. We also packed a large bag for me and the girls and a carry-on for Chris. Not TOO bad until you add in two car seats. Needless to say it was a mess.
2. Tantrums happen.
I had to chase Emmalyne while wearing Bryn too many times to count while Chris checked our luggage. Then I was THAT mom whose kid was on the ground screaming because I wouldn’t let her run away. Fun times I tell you. Just know that there is a good chance that a toddler will be a toddler in the airport and tantrums are going to happen. Know how you want to handle them so when you’re faced with the inevitable you’ll be ready.
3. Avoid sugar.
Everyone says to bribe your kids with suckers or candy. While one is fine a ton are not. The sugar high is real guys. Em was out of control on the way back after getting too many sweets from grandma.
4. When in doubt, size up on your rental car.
Chris booked us a rental car with Hertz that was supposed to fit 4 suitcases. So when our 3 wouldn’t fit we were in trouble. Hertz pretty much forced us to upgrade our car to a larger one even though there were other mid-sized SUVs that would have fit our stuff and in the same category we rented. Instead our rental car cost pretty much doubled. Side note: even if you just drive a little bit fill up your gas tank. They charged us $45 for ~2 gallons of gas. Major OOPS on our part.
5. Just keep smiling.
At some point you’re going to get to your destination and be able to collapse. Keep your eyes on the prize. If all of you get there alive and somewhat sane you had a successful trip.
Needless to say our traveling did not go “as planned” and it was incredibly stressful. If we could drive from GA to AZ/NV for Christmas I think we would so we didn’t have to repeat this again. Just further proof that even if we feel like we have this “mom thing” down, our kids take the opportunity to show you how much you still have to learn. 🙂
What is your biggest travel tip? Moms of more than two – how do you do it?!