Bright and early tomorrow morning, we are headed out on our next big family adventure! This time to an exciting tropical locale. Though this adventure's packing is quite different from the last (Alaska), our survival tactics for flying with the twins will be the same. To refresh my own memory, and mentally prepare myself for the feat, I jotted down a few tips and tricks for surviving flying with toddlers, and twins no less!
Read on to catch my 10 tips and tricks to flying with toddlers.
Ziplock Bags | One word. Poop. Or even vomit/spit up. Bring a spare set of clothes, for baby/toddler/child and for yourself in ziplock bags. If you need to change the baby's clothes from a blow out or your own clothes from being spit up on, then you'll have a bag to seal in the smell. This also works well for dirty diapers on the plane. I always want to be courteous of others, so it's a nice gesture to slip the dirty diaper into a ziplock bag (and seal) before throwing it in the trash bin. Also, a great idea for your hotel room when you don't have quick access to an outside trash.
Snacks | Keep 'em coming! Pack lots of snacks for the plane ride. Allow the toddler to snack during take off and descent to assist in ears popping. Not to mention snacks keep kids happy!
Books + Small Toys | Allow your little one to pack their own small bag with a book or two and a small toy to keep them occupied during the flight. Ours especially love books, so these were the perfect way to keep them entertained.
Stroller | Don't try lugging a toddler along with your suitcase around the airport. Bring a stroller! You will be required to check it at your plane's gate, but it's free! Note: you will be asked to remove the child to go through security.
Carseats | Most airlines allow you to check carseats for free. Pop them in a travel bag, and you're good to go. I'm a fan of this one since it is padded all around. You can even add in addtional items like diapers. Also, if you are headed outside of the U.S. consider their local laws and driving habits. I.E. Caribbean Islands are going to have interstates and high speed highways, and, therefore, don't likely require carseats. If you're comfortable with it, consider living the carseats behind.
Wings | Ask your flight attendant for wings for your kiddo. Major airlines give wings and log books for kids to keep track of their flights. The captain will even sign off. Such a fun little keepsake.
Run It Out | Allow your tots to run off some energy in the airport. Once you are all through security, let them walk, push/pull a suitcase, and burn off some energy before your flight. This will come in handy later.
Seat Belts | Starting out flying, when not a lap child, it is a good idea to have your little one go ahead and wear the seat belt. 1) They'll be required to for take off and landing. Sometimes attendants are lax on this, but it is the general rule. 2) It will make things easier when they are older and learning that it is a must.
No Nap | Whatever you do, hold off on that nap! Plan your flights to when your littles will nap, or be sure to not let them fall asleep just yet. It is pure heaven when they fall asleep in your arms mid-flight. Plus, they'll be refreshed and ready to hit the ground running once you land.
Be Flexible | Most importantly, be flexible. At the end of the day, toddlers are toddlers. And, as you know, they make their own rules.
We are gearing up for another big cruise this year. This time to the Bahamas, but all the things I wished I had or made sure to pack for our Alaska cruise will still hold true for this one. P.S. Our upcoming cruise is s group trip, and I have space to bring a couple more folks along. You can find all of the details here.
So, in celebration of preparing for that cruise, I put together some of my must have items to pack for a cruise. These are quite a variety of things. Some you might find on other lists, and some you may not have thought of. Read on to find out my must haves for cruising.
Detergent + Portable Clothes Line | Something that was a lifesaver for our cruise, especially traveling with the little ones, was laundry detergent. I found these nifty sink packets that worked great. What I didn't think about was where to hang dry clothes. A portable clothes line like this will definitely be in our bag next go round.
Insulated Cup + Reuseable Straw | Though you can't use them in the buffet restaurants, you can pour your meal drink into your insulated cup and take it to go. Not to mention, it is perfect for your morning hot beverage! Plus, there are water fountains all around the ships, so you can refill as needed. Also, plastic straws on cruise ships, in hotels, and at all-inclusive resorts are becoming a thing of the past. Be sure to throw in a resuable straw with your cup.
Slippers/House shoes | Now that I'm all about that balcony life on cruises (Alaska spoiled me), I know I need slippers for lounging on the baloncy. This is something I wish I would have packed, but I definitely will next go round!
Binoculars | These are a must for any cruise! I never thought about carrying them on a Caribbean cruise, but you'll likely see dolphins, maybe whales, and other marine life. It is definitely worth it to pop these in your bag.
Pashmina/Large Scarf | A thin, larger scarf or cheap throw blanket would be a great addition to a cruise, especially for chilly mornings or evenings on the balcony or walking the ship. Walmart, Target, and Amazon all have great selections.
Dramamine | This is a must for any cruise. Whether you typically get seasick or not, it is a great idea to pack as you never know what weather you may encounter. Ginger essential oil or ginger candies can also do the trick.
Travel Pouch | I'm all about that handsfree life, and I've grown to hate a crossbody. So, I've decided fo furture trips, that I'll be taking advantage of the "belt purse" trend. BUT, I'm also a fan of these travel pouches that lay flat under your clothes.
Portable Fan | Plug in metal fans are a no no on cruise ships, but a portable fan often passes go. I'm a fan of fans at night, ha. So I was missing mine last trip. I'll be adding this one to our packing list next go round.
Hand Sanitizer | This is a must for any vacation. Norovirus (basically a stomach bug) can spread like wildfire in a contained area with lots of people, so you can never be too cautious. Wash your hands often and stock up on hand sanitizer just to be safe.
Magnetic Hooks | These are great for keeping your cabin organized. I didn't bring these on our last trip, but they would have been a life saver for keeping things handy. I'm loving this heavy duty option.
Any additional items you'd add to the list? Tell me in the comments.
Discovereighng with Dana celebrates 5 years in 2020, and I couldn’t be more proud of the life and business I’ve built for myself, my family, and my clients.
But, something was lacking—a refined logo that truly depicted my business and dedication to it. A “grown up” look that portrayed how serious I am about my work. A logo that was not only Discovereighng with Dana, but “me” as well.
I needed something similar yet so different from my existing logo. Protea flowers have been in my logo for a couple of years now, but the artwork wasn’t quite right. Proteas symbolize change and transformation, and that is what travel and this business have done for me. Keeping that in my logo was a given, but I had the hardest time envisioning it.
I bootstrapped up, hired a real graphic designer, who is incredibly talented and, bonus, knows me personally, and was able to bring to life the perfect logo that encompasses Discovereighng with Dana Travel & Destination Weddings.
So, after over 4 years in business, I am proud to reveal my refreshed and refined logo! I cannot wait to see how my life continues to be transformed with travel and this business, and this is a great place to start!