Last week, we flew for the first time since we had the twins. Even though my children were absolute angels on the “hairplane”, I’m pretty sure we won’t be using this mode of transportation for at least another year for a variety of reasons.
Lucky for us, we’ve been accumulating frequent flyer miles for the past three years, so we were able to cash in and we didn’t spend a dime on the tickets or even on the checked luggage since our tickets were booked before this rule was established. We traveled to NYC so I knew we had to pack light. I have to say, this was the most efficient packing I’ve ever done, but I still had room for improvement. We had four normal-sized checked bags plus a laptop, Ansley’s extremely overstuffed backpack, double stroller, 2 carseats and my purse. I thought it was pretty impressive for 6 people, but when we tried to fit it all in a minivan taxi plus all six of us, I was wishing that we could dump off two of the suitcases! In hindsight, I should have rented carseats but since we weren’t renting a car or any other baby gear, I thought it would be easier to take them on the plane. Plus, I’m confident this helped keep my twins contained. If they were only restrained by a loose airplane seatbelt for the 2 hour flight, I think everyone would have wanted us to make an emergency landing to drop us off! My kids know that there is no discussion when it comes to carseats. There is absolutely no getting up, down or all around when a carseat is involved. So I think it was a good decision. Bulky and annoying carrying them through the airport, but it was the right thing for us.
We carried minimal things onto the airplane. They let us bring two sippy cups of water and we had animal crackers, lollipops and gum (the last two were to help clear the ears for take-off and landing). Ansley brought her iPod – why I waited so long to buy her one is beyond me! It’s fabulous when she is quietly listening to her tunes and not bugging her little sister. Although, when we got back, I found an “I love David Cook” note on her desk – that was a little frightening! I also made a point to buy each child 2 or 3 inexpensive but entertaining new toys/treats that were introduced just after take-off. The boys got all new Matchbox tractors, Ansley got a Klutz cat doodling kit (love this thing!), and Izzy got two magical ink princess coloring books. All of these things turned out to be fantastic – the kids loved their new things and they were the perfect size for travel.
The only bummer with our travels (besides our insane cab ride and somehow all four of my kids were in my lap!), was that our Peg Perego double stroller broke from the gate check. So my husband decided that I didn’t really “need” a stroller anymore since the boys are 2 1/2. He decided to throw it away since the part that broke was what closes the stroller. My thoughts to him were to let him “stay home” for a week with four kids and 2 1/2 year old BOY twins and see how he handles his life with no stroller! Do you remember my post way back when (here’s the link) about my thoughts on this Peg Perego stroller that I had?! That thing is an overpriced piece of junk! Bottom line is I’m still missing my Maclaren and wasn’t too sad to see him throw the Peg away. So I’m reaching out to all of you to see if you want to unload your used Maclaren Twin stroller – any style, just has to be a Maclaren. Email me here if you have one to sell, or even better, go to Smart E-Place and check out the “Wanted” ad I posted. You’ll find me there.
Thanks for your help and please share any airplane travel tips!