Following on from my flying with a toddler preps….how did it go!?
Well, it is not something I want to repeat! It was a long journey for Arthur (and me) and unfortunately no amount of preparation can help with some of the issues. I am glad that I prepared for the worst and hoped for the best, they did definitely help.
So here are my post travel tips:
1. Have your hand luggage well organised so you can get what you want easily. I had two bags and although I thought they were well organised I could have done it a bit better. I did make sure I would only have to get one bag down which helped. But really know where changing stuff, snacks, toys are. At one point I needed the emergency chocolate buttons which meant pulling out the whole bag. School girl error
2. Have a a change of outfit and some pjs at the ready for them. We needed a few changes one was because he was sick all over himself and me in Dubai airport. Have something for you too!!!
3. Look after yourself too. During the second flight the kids dinner was given to me at the same time as mine. It would have been near impossible for me to manage both of them and Arthur so I just kept his. This meant I didn’t really eat and later on I felt really quite unwell. Need to keep your strength up too
4. Travel is boring and for a toddler it must be even worse. I tried to keep him entertained but it was hard work. The new toy was great for a bit but his other toys held no interest for him. Too much to try and investigate. Where safe and not annoying to others I let him do some exploring. But it is tiring. Emirates were amazing and the air stewards were so helpful.
5. One of the hardest parts of the journey was the stopover. We went to the play area which helped for a bit. But unfortunately escalators were more interesting than anything else. I honestly found this the hardest part of the journey. So if you have a stop over I would check the facilities at the airport and maybe look at a lounge if that’s an option.
Also…..Honestly don’t do it!! If you do though accept it will probably be hard work and try to keep your sense of humour…. It might be tested!
I stand by the rest of my preps though, the sling was a saviour, the snacks were required and the toys did help!
If you are travelling with a toddler, good luck!
Any other tips??