When Archer was 3 months old we flew to Texas and it was the start of flying with kids! Now we aren’t always flying on the go but after a few times you tend to think you have it mastered. Flying with kids isn’t the easiest thing but it also isn’t the end of the world. I have a few simple tips and tricks that I do each time that helps keep me sane.
Wild and I currently just flew from Phoenix to Salt Lake just the two of us. That was my first time flying alone, and also alone with a kid. I kept stressing myself out but it’s not that hard of a task. Every time I seem to fly, I always get flagged. Im not sure if I just have the look or what but every single time, I get stopped. Normally they swatch my hands and it always comes back that I have had explosives on my hands (which I clearly haven’t?) And the last time I flew it came back with some secret code that required a actual team to come search me… YOU GUYS why!? I cannot figure out why I always seem to be a flight risk, but now I just expect it and laugh about it. Anyways, here are a few tips/tricks I have figured out if your flying with a baby! (PS Wild is 10 months but I have flown with a baby at 1 month, 3 months, 5 months and now 10 months.)
- Pack lightly | This is a hard one because with kids you always feel like you need everything plus the kitchen sink! I always try to pack lightly and pack together so I am not lugging a bunch of stuff!
- Be organized | Organize the diaper bag BEFORE you leave the house. Have everything broken down into smaller bags so its easy to be checked. Take your bottles/liquids out before you send your diaper bag down the belt, because they will have to be checked. Check out my diaper bag post HERE and also HERE for what I keep packed in my diaper bag 24/7.
- Car Seat Bags | I love using these carseat bags to protect my stroller and carseat when I gate check them. Once you get through security, I keep my stroller and carseat with me until we get onto the plane. I gate check them and that way it ensures they are on the plane and I have them right when I get off. The bags fold up super small and I just whip them out at the gate and stuff my carseat and stroller inside. You will need different bags for each item.
- Entertainment | Depending on your babies age, entertainment is key to having a successful flight. Here are a few of my favorite toys to take on the plane. Window Stickers, Travel Coloring Set, Buckle Toy, & stickers.
- Security | Okay this is how I personally choose to go through security. When my kids are babies, I always wear them on the front of me. We like this cheap carrier from Amazon. But once they get too big I don’t like to carry them on me, I like to push them. I always try to bring a compact stroller when flying so it’s easier to fold up and what not. I love this single Combi Stroller for traveling. It has good pockets, folds small, and wheels smoothly. I stick my infant into their infant car seat (love this one!) and put it on top of the stroller. Wild is in a convertible but when I fly, I keep him in his infant because its so much easier through the airport. I keep my camera bag with me at all times along with my diaper bag. I gate check my suitcase when I am alone but could easily take it with me.
Flying alone and with kids isn’t a easy task. Wilder cried almost the whole entire flight and I could tell that everyone around me was getting annoyed but all in all, they will get over it and there will be some people who are completely a holes but I had a nice lady grab all my carry ons along with hers and lug them off the plane for me. She was so nice and helpful. So even though some people are grouchy and rude there will be kind people.