You're about to enter the oversized metal detector. You rush to empty out the stroller, pile ALL your stuff on the conveyor belt (cause traveling with kids requires 3x the amount of stuff). Removing your shoes, pulling out your camera, lap top, phone, removing coats and sweaters. Throwing out all your liquids including the new victoria secret lotion you just purchased. You attempt to remove your child's shoes only to find out he's extremely against the whole idea. You can FEEL everyone's angry impatient eyes on you. The security guard's yelling at you to fold up the stroller. You're sweating like a pig, rushing through the detector. Another guard pulls you aside as he completely violates every rule of personal space. Your two year old runs off, shoeless and sockless on the germ infested floor.
Finally you get everything back together, retrieve your runaway child, and you're ready to find your gate and board the plane.
You have a moment to catch your breath.
*phew* you did it!
And it's only the beginning.
Traveling with kids can be extremely stressful, but also very much worth all the effort if requires. This last trip was so much fun, but also very exhausting.
In the end I was grateful to have them with us despite all the craziness. We made it work and we made memories.
I wanted to share a couple tricks that helped us get through this last trip.
Tip #1: INVEST IN A GOOD STROLLER
There's nothing worse than NOT having a stroller on a trip. We did it once (by accident of course). I thought, well Lily's walking now, so lets just make things easier and leave the stroller behind.
What the heck was I thinking!!!!
Then the next time I thought, okay, we will definitely bring a stroller.
So I brought an umbrella stroller. I thought that would be a good idea because it's small.
Now after learning the hard way, I found the perfect travel stroller.
Peg-Perego 2010 Pliko P3 Stroller, Kiwi
This stroller is PERFECT! It's light weight, easy to fold up, has lots of storage, and a built-in rear foot-board provides safe ride for second passenger.
It also reclines which is a must. Oliver was able to take nice naps while we were out and about. It was really nice.
Tip #2: MAKING BEDTIME WORK FOR EVERYONE
Sean has rigged up some pretty incredible things in our hotel rooms in order to get Oliver to sleep. Like most babies, Oliver has a hard time falling asleep if he can see and hear what everyones doing. He doesn't want to miss a thing.
So first of all we ALWAYS make sure we bring a sound machine. The white noise soothes him and helps him fall asleep and stay asleep.
HoMedics SS-2000 Sound Spa Relaxation Sound Machine with 6 Nature Sounds, Silver
Okay, you're gonna love this!
This is Sean's creation.
This really helps Oliver sleep better. If he can't see us then he sleeps. If he sees us, he just cries and cries until someone gets him out.
What are some of your tricks? I'd love to hear some things you do to make traveling with kids easier.