7-Hour Flight + 2 Toddlers = 1 Panicked Mom. Can You #HelpChristie?

Mar 2, 2016
It’s always been a family dream to travel to Ireland, and we’re finally doing it on Friday! All 12 McConnells including my in-laws, my sister-in-law and her family and my husband and our kids are hopping a flight to the Emerald Isle. Sounds amazing, right? Well, with less than 48 hours to go, I’ve now entered into panic mode. How do I replicate my house on the 7-hour flight so that my 2.5 year old and 4 year old don’t freak out?

Here’s what I’ve packed so far:

1. Identical new Paw Patrol back packs. Identical - because I want to limit the use of the word “share, share” on the flight. New – because new equals amazing in the eyes of toddlers. Paw Patrol – because it’s their favorite show at least for this month.

2. New toys from the $1 section of Toys"R"Us. I don’t know how but I managed to spend an obscene amount of money in the $1 section of the toy store. Why you ask? Because my kids have a 5-second attention span and will most likely blow through half the toys within the first hour of the flight. And again – everything is identical because with kids 19 months apart – you need everything to be identical.

3. Their favorite Paw Patrol toys from home – because once they blow through the new stuff, they’re going to want their old stuff

4. Snacks, snacks and more snacks.

Flying with kids should be a “judgment-free zone,” right? Think again. I love my kids more than anything but I know they can be handful. They’re 2 and 4 and have a lot of energy. So, the only way to get them to settle down is with snacks – fruit snacks in particular. But out of fear of being judged when my kids devour 100 packets in 5 minutes, I bought the “organic” fruit snacks. What the heck is an organic fruit snack? I have no idea but it makes me feel better so I’ll run with it.

5. Fully charged iPads – no explanation needed

6. Extra clothes for my kids, me and my husband in case anyone gets sick or spills something

7. New travel pillows – I wanted to bring their pillows from home but they’re giant so I opted for a smaller option. Fingers crossed they like them.

8. Medical kit and every kind of child medication on the shelf.

So, not only am I trying to replicate my house on the flight, but I’m also trying to replicate the pharmacy. I bought a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle medical kit, plus extra bandages, thermometers, Tylenol, Motrin, Benadryl, saline solution, a Nose-Frida, a nebulizer … and the list goes on.

9. Their favorite snuggle blankets plus their “sleeping bag” blankets in an effort to get them to sleep on the flight

10. Their favorite pajamas

11. Two books for each: Did I mention I’m trying to replicate their bedtime routine?

My husband thinks I’m crazy but I like to think I’m prepared. However, even with all this stuff I feel like I’m missing something.

I welcome any and all tips.

Oh and just as a side note – we’re flying coach, the bulk head isn’t available and it’s a fully booked flight. Wish me luck!

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