I’m a mum & I love traveling with my toddler despite flight ‘rampages’ and mid-air tantrums – here’s how I do it
A MUM has revealed why she loves traveling on long-haul flights with her toddler – despite ‘rampages’ and tantrums on the plane.
Jenni Mortimer, explained how – and why – she does it despite the stress.
One of her trips was a 13.5 flight to Vancouver from New Zealand with her three-year-old son.
She said she had planned everything from snacks and new toys to a fully stocked iPad with shows.
However, she said that dinner service saw a “rampage that filled [her] with regret”.
She wrote on the New Zealand Herald: “Muffins, cups of tea and fruit chunks were strewn on the floor, my pants were covered in korma and my overtired son was hell-bent on getting off the plane.
“The next hour involved tears and a total lack of compassion from fellow passengers who reclined their seats into him as I attempted to comfort him.”
Not just that, but a flight and long car ride to see her family also saw “overtired tantrums and jetlag”.
Yet despite the stress of getting there, she said she soon saw traveling with a toddler as the “best thing ever” as they help you see the magic.
She continued: “Through many fear the meltdowns and screaming car trips that come with traveling with kids this age, the reward far outweighs the noise.”
Everything from watching him dance at the disco lights at a bowling alley to playing at a water park, Jenni said let her see the world without taking things for granted.
For those in fear of doing it, however, Jenni shared her top tips on traveling long-haul with kids:
- Pack double the snacks you think you’ll need
- Avoid the plane meal
- Bring your own car seat and buggy
- Get a Skycouch
- Don’t recline if you see someone else with a kid
Another mum has said she swears by a 16p item to keep her kids entertained on holiday.
And another mum has said why she always takes just one of her kids on holiday at a time – leaving the other at home