Vacation Fears

We’re going on a vacation to Hawaii starting Saturday.  I’m kind of looking forward to it. I like Hawaii.  I like the beach. I’ve been to Hawaii before and I’ve enjoyed it. So, why just kind of? Well, we’ve never taken the kids on  a plane ride or even anywhere with a time zone change.

And I’m scared.

We will be on said plane for five hours, if it all goes smoothly, plus two at the airport before hand, and probably another hour getting our luggage and rental car. Then it’s another half hour to the hotel. I’m not great with math, but taking into account toddler years of travel (they’re like dog years), multiply by three kids under five, carry the one, it’s about forty-six hours of travel. More or less.

I have no idea what I’m going to do with three little children for that long.  So, I’m making a list of my plans.

1. Bring Food

I hope TSA isn’t too strict with the food. I think as long as it’s not liquid, I’m good to go. I know there are places to buy food in airports, I just think the quality of the food may not prevent low blood sugar meltdowns. I will be bringing string cheese, graham crackers, Cheerios, maybe a granola bar or two. If they’re being pesty, I’ll shove some food at them.

2. Bring Activities

I’ve already explained the iPad for the older two. I’ll also be bringing paper and crayons for them to draw on and some books. I’m trying to think of other things for Penny, so if you have an idea for something easy to pack that will occupy a seventeen month old, let me know.

3. Bring the Baby Carrier

I think Penny’s going to be the hardest to keep occupied.  At least I’ll be able to keep her contained if I strap her on.

4. Walk the Aisles

There will be trips up and down the aisles and to the bathrooms, just to do it.  Even I don’t like sitting for that long.

5. Repeat my Mantra

When the girls are crying or screaming or kicking the seat in front of them and the other passengers are giving us the stink eye, I’m just going to repeat one simple phrase,

I will never see these people ever again.

That’s my plan.  If you have any great ideas (really, any ideas, they don’t have to be great) about what I should do on the plane, please, help me out and leave a comment. My fellow passengers on the flight will thank you.


Also, I’ve decided to take a blogcation while we’re in Hawaii. So I’ll see you in a week-ish. Aloha.


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  1. Moomser
    Twitter: moomser

    I’m a little jealous… Ok a lot jealous! But seriously, your first flight with kids is scarier in your head than in reality. Since it’s their first time flying the hustle and bustle of the airport and plane will be very entertaining! Food and a few toys and you’re set, so your plan sounds great. Also, use the stern looking flight attendants to scare your kids if need be. For Penny try stickers and those gel sticky thingies that stick to windows (do you know what I’m talking about?), my boy loves them and they stick to the window and to the tray thingy.
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    Oh man, I’m so jealous! Have fun!!!

  2. Sue Campbell says:

    I always bring a pocketful of ear plugs for the passengers around me. As a peace offering. And I dress Nora up REALLY cute, somehow hoping that will make people more forgiving. All that said, she usually surprises me with nearly perfect behavior. If you can keep them fed and rested, they’ll love the excitement of travel. Aloha!
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  3. Jayne @ Mimi to Tee and Bee
    Twitter: oneinpurpose

    I sincerely wish you the best. We took our oldest to Disney World from Chicago on a plane when he was two. The way there was OK. On the way back the line for the bathroom was completely down the aisle filled with a LOT of drunk people who were headed home from some get-together. Oh, and he threw up. Other than throwing up, though, the drunk people kept him entertained. He was on an aisle seat and he was pretty cute and very verbal so they talked to him.

    I now will not fly. We flew to Florida again in 2008, just me and Poppa, and my claustrophobia ’bout made me jump out da planed. My claustrophobia gets worse as I get older. Getting stuck, albeit for a very short time, in an elevator with 3 other adults and a small child in a stroller did nothing to make it better, either.
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    • Jessica Anne says:

      I haven’t flown in 5 1/2 years, so we’ll see how it goes. I don’t have claustrophobia, but flying isn’t my favorite. I think this might be the first time I’m hoping to fly with drunk people. :)

  4. Kristin @ Peace, Love and Muesli
    Twitter: kristinglas

    Hope you are already on the road. We had movies and games on our flight home from FLA. That amused everyone. Even me.
    And I’m not ashamed to tell you I had a purse full of candy.


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