Mia was only eight weeks old when we took our first flight. I remember being terrified of traveling with a baby on a plane — I was always worried she would disrupt someone else’s peace. It is so funny to look back on now because a newborn baby is the easiest age to travel with. I would spend my entire flight nursing her. The vibrations from the plane would help her sleep peacefully. As she got older, I would book our travel during her nap times so I knew we would have a great flight. We traveled more, the first year together, to visit [husband] Ian working, than I traveled in my entire life. Just five weeks after her sister was born two years later, I was traveling again, alone to visit Ian on set. Baby Penna stuck to the same routine of nursing but I found a two year old to have new challenges. I created my own travel games for her and packed tons of surprises in a little backpack that she could carry onto the flight. The three of us girls traveled all over the U.S. together to visit Ian. I never traveled with any help. Honestly, I am not sure what they would have done for me on the plane!
My girls have traveled enough that they understand what is expected of them when they get on the plane. Now that they are older, they know that air travel is going to be boring. Now I pack up our matching JuJuBe travel backpacks with their Nooks, headphones, Melissa and Doug crafts, some fun games and lots of educational stuff. I just put on my headphones and leave them to each other. They get bored and they get creative. It is fun to watch!
Here is a list of some of my favorite things to make Jet-Setting Travel a little easier on the mama!