Successfully Flying With Toddlers

The preparation and lead up to our Hawaii vacation was filled with so much anxiety. Six hours, trapped on a plane, a two hour layover, with 5 kids, 2 of which are 3 years old and professionals at tantruming….this is every parents anxiety-ridden worst nightmare. So, I began preparing a little over a month ago. I was going into this flight with all the bells and whistles. It was Steve and I verses the 3 year olds.

Before I go into the items I added to their “airplane backpacks”, I have to say, in order to keep you reading, I might be borderline genius because it ended up being 6 hours of peaceful toddler entertainment. Total and complete success! In the airplane battle of parents verses toddlers, Steve and I dominated!

I bought them their backpacks to start out with. I chose bright and memorable backpacks so that if I lost them in the airport during the layover, they would be easily recognizable and memorable. And also, they are so cute that both of them were obsessed with wearing them.

BAGS:

Unicorn Backpack
Dinosaur Backpack

CONTENTS:

My Little Pony lunchbox
Transformers Lunchbox

Toddler Headphones 2 Pack

Mini Princesses
Thomas the Train Minis
Wooden Magnet Letters
Toddler crayons
Finger Puppets
Play-Doh
Thomas the Train Stickers
Peppa Pig stickers
Polk-a-dot mini notebooks

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