Exactly a month from today we'll being flying over continents and oceans on our way to Canada!
We haven't done much prepping yet, other than booking the tickets.
And so we still have a bunch of things to do before we can leave,
including getting a passport for Micha and renewing B.'s passport,
getting a visa waiver for our layover in Washington (why must you be so difficult America?),
writing a list of things we need to get when we're in Canada,
finding little gifts for my family and friends in Canada,
and, most importantly, coming up with a plan to keep Micha happy during the trip.
I'm mildly freaking out about that last bit.
How are we ever going to keep Micha entertained and happy for an eleven hour trip?
I'm pretty happy we have some layovers, a one and a half hour one on the way there,
and a six(!) hour one on the way back.
It'll make our trip longer, but we'll have some time to stretch our legs and lose some energy.
But we still have that long eight hour flight to make with an energetic toddler. Eek!
So, as any good (or freaked out) parent would do, I've been researching and pinning all the 'traveling with toddlers' tips and tricks and have found a few good ideas:
(check my 'travel' board on Pinterest here)
1. Bring enough snacks to feed a small army. These snack containers seem perfect for toddlers.
Also, I'll be bringing lots of fruit pouches.
2. Buy a bunch of cheap toys and games, (cars, stickers, farm animals etc.) wrap them all individually, and hand them out every hour or so, still wrapped, that's half the fun for a toddler!
3. Bring some favorite books and read, read, read. (I'm pretty confident this will work quite well for Micha, he loves being read to.)
4. Use technology! We don't have an I-Pad sadly enough, but I will be downloading some toddler-friendly games and videos on my phone.
5. Bribe your fellow passengers with a thoughtful gift, I really like this idea.
6. Don't forget to bring your toddlers 'comforters' along: pacifier, stuffed animal, blankie.
7. Keep your destination in mind. Even if everything goes wrong: angry toddler, annoyed passengers, desperate parents, it's all about the destination.
Canada! My sister! My bestie!
Traveling with a toddler?
Bring. it. on!
P.S. how cute is this passport photo of Micha?
He's going to have the cutest passport in the history of passports!
Please share any tips you have on flying with a toddler! Much appreciated!