We just finished an early family “Thanksgiving” trip to visit my husband’s family. While we went a little bit ahead of the official Thanksgiving date, we certainly saw some of the Thanksgiving excitement that include long check-in and security lines, full airplanes, and lots of traveling families. I actually quite like that last part as it is really fun to have multiple kids on the airplane around your child’s age. They truly do entertain each other and the laughs and squeals on take-off are awesome.
I know some people are worried about the logistics of traveling with a young child (or sitting near a traveling child), but much of the time it really isn’t that bad…at least you get past that squirmy toddler phase! I post a lot about deals that help you get places, or reviews of places once you get there, but I thought I’d devote this post to what it looked like getting our kiddo from Point A to Point B, which in this case was Grandma and Grandpa.
Okay that last picture was staged, though that is what usually happens for us, and did happen on the return flight.
If you talk to your kids about the flight as much as possible ahead of time, come prepared with toys and snacks, and follow their lead on what they want/need, then hopefully your flight will be as smooth as ours.
If you want more detailed tips and advice on flying with kids then head to my previous posts here. I know there are weather issues this Thanksgiving travel week, so pack extra diapers, extra toys, extra snacks, and extra patience. Traveling home to family for the holidays is worth all the effort – especially when your kids have the traveling routine down to a science!