I am a father of three young daughters and with my family living in another province tied in with vacations; it seems we are on a plane every few months. With March break less than a month away, a number of us will be traveling during this time. Here are a few tips that should help us daddies get through the checkout lines and on the plane with a little less aggravation.
Bring a muzzle and ear muffs: One of my biggest fears about flying is "Will my child be the crying baby on the plane?" At the end of each plane ride though, I get comments like “I didn’t even realize you had a child with you, she’s so quiet”. One of the ways I do that is to feed them during takeoff and landing. This not only distracts them, but also allows the ears to assimilate more easily with the change in pressure.
Alcohol/Benadryl: Of course, I would never recommend alcohol, but also Benadryl. Either of these can horribly backfire since Benadryl/Alcohol can actually WAKE THEM UP MORE. Imagine your kids having more energy than normal, cramped up in a small seat with limited air circulation. No Thank You.
Go Direct: Direct flights can save you a lot of time and aggravation for a minimal up charge. I recommend going direct whenever possible.
Stroller Happy: Keep that stroller as long as you can, as opposed to checking with your baggage. Check your stroller at the gate. This can allow you to keep better track of your kids while getting to the gate, but also provide storage room for the extra bags you have to carry on.
Dad’s, Pack the kids bag: How frustrating is it when you can’t find something you know is there. Many times you can’t find it because mom packed the bag cause you were too lazy. Packing the bags on your own will allow you to know exactly where everything is. Don’t worry, mom will help you with what you need to bring.
Subliminal Messaging: Start whispering to your kids early that morning, “You will be very sleepy when you get on the plane, your eyes will feel heavy and you will be cozy and warm.” It won’t work every time, but you may be surprised by the results. This may even allow you to watch a movie while they sleep.
Mark Ritcey – momstown Milton Daddy Blogger