Remember what Bilbo used to say...

" It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to."

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Traveling with a kid.

My traveling girl. Airports are like our second home.
My 10 yr old daughter and I are off to Minot,ND to our new home. We have a full day of travel.

My daughter has been traveling since she was 8 mo old. I have to say she is the best traveling partner to have. She does not stress, she gets upset, but she handles it well. She rolls with the flow and she kicks butt at Uno. 

What do I pack for her for air travel through the U.S. 
(Yes, packing for oversea flights is very different then packing state to state flights)
Truth be-told I don't pack for her any more. She knows what she needs. 
Our number one family rule for traveling:
  "Your bring it, pack it, or buy it; you carry it." 

We have held to that rule very strongly. We rarely made exceptions even when she was throwing a tantrum in the middle of the Airport (yes, she did that a few times). It is not as mean as it sounds. We always planned for her age and always had the right type of bags to help her carry what she needed. 

 There is no way I can go into every adventure we have taken since she was 8 mo old. I will tell you what she packed for this trip. We had four connecting flights and we are flying in winter time. We had to be prepared for possible delays and cancellations. I always go over the itinerary and I slip a copy in her bag in case we get separated. 

For this trip I had her dress in layers and to carry her winter coat

My daughter's packing list:
  • She picked the bag for her carry-on
  • Prepackaged snacks
  • Empty water bottle: I have the flight attendants fill up the water bottle with a beverage.
  • iPod
  • Uno card
  • 1 book
  • 1 Pillow
  • Her favorite stuffed animal (Froggy has travel with us since she was 8 mo old...we don't leave home without it)
  • Journal blank paper
  • Small pouch of color pencils
  • Small amount cash
  • Notebook computer
That is about it. 

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