Our shoes have taken us to Rochester, Ny this weekend.
Sunday afternoon we flew out to spend a week with family in Rochester. Alice is a flying pro now and loves flying. This is her 11th flight since she was 6 months old.
We get asked often how do you do it? Any tips for flying? Yes! We have a few things we do that seem to help with flying!
First we get to the airport at least 2-3 hours early. Our airport by our house is small and they recommend at least and hour and a half before your departure time. With a lap child you have to get their boarding pass day of. So we get their early enough to check our bags an diet her boarding pass. That next leads to security.
We went and got TSA pre checked. Since Alice is a child under 12 she does not require TSA pre check just us and she is allowed to go through with us. This has made the stress of security almost vanish. Which also leads to our next tip.
Pack light for the flight if possible. We are guilty of over packing. Now we fly usually with southwest, which means 2 free bags per ticketed flyer, this does not include Alice. So we have now begun just checking our bags so we have less to bring on the flight. We usually bring Christopher’s backpack which holds snacks and anything we may need on our flight and Alice’s diaper bag. For Alice’s bag we pack 2 extra changes of clothing, her water bottle, diapers, wipes, a coloring book, a picture book, the kindle fire, and her head phones. We have yet to travel cross country with her so we may pack more for when we fly cross country but for now our longest flight has been 2 hours. She usually colors for a little while and then watches a movie. For headphones we have the lilgagets headphones they are 17.95 on Amazon and come in multiple colors.
After we are through security and find our terminal is when we usually let Alice out and run around, this gets her energy out and she also loves to look at the planes leaving the gate. We also like to get her a treat, weather it be a special meal, or cinnasticks from cinnabon. This makes sure she has a full tummy before we board and helps us not be pulling bags out before take off to get her food.
About 10 minutes before boarding we change her diaper! Alice has peed through her diaper on 2 flights. And getting up to change her mind flight is a pain.
Since southwest is open seating, if we don’t board with A group we board at family boarding. We usually try to sit towards the back of the plane, that way we are the last to get a third person sitting with us. Also this means we are last off the flight which works for us because Alice likes to walk off the flight by herself.
We also try to book flights either first thing in the morning, at nap time or right before bed time. This way she either is in a great mood from being just waking up or falls asleep on the flight and sleeps the majority of the flight.
Have any specific flying questions? Feel free to ask!
Until next time remember: the best is yet to come.