Snacks...snacks have saved me more than a few dozen times...and in all our snacking ourselves into distraction I've learned one thing- I pack a variety of snacks in separate ziploc bags, BUT I don't pack a ton in each bag. Filled bags tend to be dumped on the floor and then crunched into a million bits...and I'm left avoiding eye contact with the flight attendant as I'm trying to pick up every crumb. I usually hide one little treat somewhere in my purse and break it out only in case of emergencies. Although I would not suggest m&m's...they ALWAYS end up spilling on the seat, melting and getting stuck to my bum. Nothing worse than that.
Kind of a bonus in the entertainment category...we bought our little hoarder, Gracie, the Melissa & Doug Trunki for her birthday. Not only does it work great as a little suitcase for her carry ons (it fits underneath the seat), but it's a pretty sweet way to ride around the airport. Gracie is sure she's the airport parade and yells, "hello!" and waves to everyone as we zip by. It is Gracie's AND my most favorite flying accessory. Today Matthew and I had a contest to see who could steer it better through the crowded airport, I'd like it recorded that I won...he would disagree. (This is not something I can generally take when I fly alone, it's too tricky pushing the stroller and pulling the Trunki and managing not to run people over)
In my bag...I have a few necessities I pack. A full case of wipes (because we rarely make it through a flight without spilled drinks, sticky hands and a few diaper changes), extra diapers, a change of clothes (for younger babies), hand sanitizer and children's tylenol or ibuprofen if the girls are teething or have had recent ear infections.
So, a cliff's note version of my flight tips, gathered from handfuls of less than perfect, trial by error plane trips. Hopefully this will save someone from a few of my mishaps and make flying a little more enjoyable!
My favorite picture...taken when we landed at Long Beach.
Gracie asked me if I had a trampoline or something they could use to jump up and catch the birds.