Air travel with kids

A few months ago, I flew internationally with my 5 kids and no other adults…do I qualify as an expert at this – or maybe just crazy?!

It was home to the US for a family wedding, so a really good trip. But over 24 hours door to door, 3 flights, and some serious time zone jumping makes for a rough trip any way it goes (especially when they try to seat you scattered throughout the plane for the longest flight!)

I’ve written about traveling with kids before (series starts here)

Other tips I pulled from this trip:

  • Bring balloons: uninflated, of course. Great to take an empty gate, inflate, and let them play. Don’t try to keep it to a smaller part of a full gate, though. It won’t work. Unless your kids aren’t quite as into it as mine are. And bonus points if you only tie the knot part way so it can be untied and reused. (I managed that the first time!)
  • Yogurt tubes in a “liquid”  (quart sized) ziplock. The size (2 oz) gets them through and they are a great snack. If you freeze them before hand they stay cool for a long time. We always bring sandwiches, but these we a nice supplement.
  • Speaking of food, baby food isn’t just for babies! We brought some applesauce baby food pouches and some of the older kids enjoyed them.
  • Sometimes a stroller isn’t for actually pushing the kids. It’s a baggage wain. I used a soft back carrier to wrangle my 1 year old and the rest walked unencumbered with their backpacks. The stroller was a bit heavy for me but it was 1am their body time and we were enroute to our third flight…
  • I always bring an extra reusable bag for jackets, wipes, etc.

Or is it just me who seems to pick up stuff that doesn’t fit into our bags as we go? Especially as we go through security yet again…

Any tips to add?

About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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