“It felt like an extension of our home!
After a few days of receiving our US Visas, and probably a few days more trying to bag a cheap flight to Los Angeles; finally, I settled to flying Philippine Airlines. As much as possible, everything must feel comfortable and familiar because it was my first long haul solo flight with my daughter. It’ll be easier to approach the flight attendants if in case I needed a little bit of help. And the last thing I want is to have issues in communicating what I need in the midst of toddler tantrum. I mean, we never know! It felt better to go on a flight with at least a sense of familiarity so that the sudden change in the surroundings and people won’t be too drastic for the little one. But really Kerrigan didn’t mind where she’s going or who she’s going with. She has that natural friendliness and an adventure-loving spirit in her. For as long as she’s entertained, she’s fine! As for me, I was just focused on making the flight pleasant for her and yeah, entertaining!
“Sometimes for us to be able to do courageous things, we just have to stop ourselves from worrying.” – Elle Anorma
- Get some sleep before the flight and do at least two weeks of full workout before you travel. It helps with conditioning your body from long walks, heavy bags and energetic toddler.
- Prepare your daughter for the sudden change in time zone. I’ve read about beginning the body clock adjustments at least a week before the flight. Maybe start her off by matching her nap times with your destination’s time zone.
- Carefully plan everything, your luggage, carry on, places to visit and all. Just take the packing seriously to avoid the hassle of bringing too little and too much. If possible, pack lighter because you’ll need the energy to entertain your kid or kids and not on carrying heavy carry-ons. I suggest to not overdo on bringing extra clothes. One extra light garment partnered with a jacket (depending on the weather) is just fine. Some bibs to keep the food off your kid’s clothes and baby wipes to rub off dirt are a better alternative.
- Only bring her guaranteed favorite snacks and pick the ones that have less color or no color at all to avoid messing up her clothes.
- No need to bring the crayons and sketch pad, unless picking up toys and chasing rolling crayons is your favorite workout routine. Stick with a no slip and with a stand gadget and one soft toy. It’s far more entertaining and convenient than having multiple pieces of toys.
- Bring a snack bar for yourself or a piece of chocolate for extra energy, you’ll need it to help you deal with you and your kid’s jet lag.
- Use small bottles or containers for alcohol, cologne, toothpaste, baby cleanser etc., put them all in a drip-free bag. But place the alcohol, baby wipes and diapers in an outside pocket, while snacks and milk should be on top your other stuff in the bag so you can pull it off and put it back easily.
- Opt for a separate smaller bag with a sling to secure your passports and other travel documents. Never mix it with your diaper bag. It’ll end up at the bottom part of your bag and you’ll hate to look for it, while you carry your kid in your arm because the stroller is still in the airplane.
Have fun travelling with your LO too!