Well, it has been 4 full weeks of traveling New Zealand and we have boarded our plane home. We have explored both islands of New Zealand and seen some incredible things.
From the still present earthquake damage of Christ Church to the majestic beauty of the mountains and oceans, we have seen so much of this country and yet have only scratched the surface.
Traveling with our children has been tough but rewarding and we have seen them grow so much on this long holiday.
For now, we board our first flight from Auckland to Las Angeles in hope of getting some sleep along the way.
Our first plan of attack to airport and flight survival is being realistic. Our children are 3 years and 9 months old.
We always get to the airport super early. It was so interesting to see our flight status as “Relax” (a term that is used by my husband would not have the same effect”
I don’t like spending any more time here than I need to but I also know feeding, diaper changes, security, feeding them again, finding a place to play, and so on takes a lot of time.
We found this quiet out of the way little spot, super clean and the wall toys entertained both kids! Now that Scarlet is crawling and of course putting EVERYTHING in her mouth, finding a good hangout location is a little more tricky/requires WAY more paying attention to what the hands put in the mouth!!
We play to our sons wants a little more when we travel. So when he says he wants a $9 smoothie, we go with it. A fed child is always a happier child.
And yes, he loved it, and yes, he did require cleaning after…
We also know that he loves to watch anything with wheels so we try to find a spot to park with a good window view.
Beyond that, we just try and have fun. We play with toys and usually find other traveling families to hang out with so our kids can play and we get to have Adult conversations!
For long flights, we book our seats with no one in front of us and the ability to get a bassinet on the wall. When we first flew to Australia Scarlet was 6 1/2 months old and not crawling yet. The bassinet on the wall was AMAZING. Now that she is 9 months, she is so much more mobile. I desperately tried to keep her in it so I could eat dinner but she just moves too much. It was still great once she fell asleep but I had to keep one eye open if she woke up and wanted out.
Our other survival method for these crazy long flights is to take advantage of screen time. As much as I might hate Roland totally zoning out with a screen and the tantrum that ensues when it is withdrawn, it does help us all get through such a long journey.
We are so fortunate out children are excellent travelers. Any child will cry, complain, run, and just be a kid because they ARE A KID. Our kids are by no means perfect and I still feel like crap when they cry, scream, throw food, kick the back of a seat and so on and so on but they are just trying to cope with the boring plane as best as they can and the more you fight it the worse it will be.
Keep little tools and tricks (Like a Busy Book) with you and survival is possible.
What are your go to survival tips for traveling with kids?