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.