“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” – Amelia Earhart
A few weeks ago, I went on an adventure. That’s the best way I found to describe the long and tiring plane trip I went on with my three young children aged 6 and under – by myself!
Well… like I referred to in a previous post Life resolutions or mere dreams… It was quite a picture!
I can only describe at this point. In the heat of the moment, the last thing on my mind was getting someone to take a picture of the three bambinos and me.
Picture a woman with a baby in a front carrier, a mountain bag pack on the back, pulling a carry-on luggage on wheels, holding the hand of a child while the other one has a hold of the luggage.
That woman was me… many people would look at me with astonishment wondering what on earth I was doing travelling alone with three young children.
And I got all kind of reactions or faces… I am a body language aficionado so I could read stuff like:
- “Oh my, is she really by herself with those three kids?”
- “Good luck with all that lady!”
- “Poor thing, she is so brave.”
- “What’s her seat number?”
- “What is she thinking loading herself with all that?”
- “How does she do it?”
- “Crazy… I wouldn’t do it!”
- “You go girl!”
You get the gist…
All that to say… lots going on when you travel with young children by yourself or with support. Ideally, I would have travelled with my husband… unfortunately, things did not work out that way. I had his moral support though!
So if like me you need to travel with young children, I have prepared a list of tips to help you make it a successful adventure… specially over long distances by plane.
1. Prepare a magic backpack with 2 or 3 of their favorite activities
2. Pack light with the carry-ons to keep your hands free to hold hands
3. Accept generous help when offered – if you need it
4. Make them use the bathroom before you hit the road or before boarding
5. Have snacks and water to avoid buying overpriced food or drinks in airports
6. For boarding, get ready to be called to get on the plane after the priority or business class usually
7. Know where your liquids are specially if you are travelling with a baby (they make you unpack at the security check point)
8. Make arrangements to borrow equipements you will need for baby upon arrival to your destination to lighten the load (i.e. car seat, stroller)
9. Get your travelling documents in a secured yet easily accessible pocket
10. Last for not least, book a massage upon your return (ideally before and after) as your back will need some TLC
Any tips you want to add to this list? Please share in the comments below.
Au revoir for now.