I am in the throes of preparing for a trip to South America with my almost one-year-old son Jack. I've made lists of what I need to pack, investigated what medications we need to ward off typoid (more on this later!) and booked the dog for a stay in a kennel that's nicer than the accomodations my husband and I shared on our honeymoon. The one thing that looms over my head is the 6 hour flight to Ecuador with a very squirmy Jack on my lap.
Jack and I just arrived back to Louisville after a weekend trip visiting my sister and brother-in-law. We were in Atlanta where the big news story was about a zebra that escaped from the circus (I kid you not) and held up rush hour traffic. There's never a dull moment in Hotlanta.
I was a little nervous about flying all by lonesome with Jack, but to my surprise, it went pretty well. Even though we had some delays, Jack slept through most of it of the flight. While en route, I picked up some advice from fellow travelers and I'm feeling a lot more confident about our airplane trip to Ecuador next week.
Here are my tips for keeping airline travel with children as smooth a ride as possible:
So two flight down, several more to go before my arrival a week from today in Ecuador. I'd love to hear more tips from those of you who have also braved airline travel with children.
On a final note, I have to add that Standiford Field is one of the easiest airports to travel through with kids. The people who work there are helpful and friendly, and the airport itself is very accessible. Even better news for Louisvillians with and without kids...I found out today that the airport is getting a Heine Brothers soon!
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Photo: flickr: Lars Ploughmann
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