There’s nothing to say…just don’t do it. Just kidding… kind of.
Traveling with two was and is a lot harder than I expected it to be. I mean, I didn’t think it would be a walk in the park by any means but WOW! Colette is almost 9 months now, so she’s at an age where she’s very much adapted to her schedule and routine. The minute she gets thrown off, she’s not herself. So, for any new parents looking to travel, I recommend traveling with them while they’re really young… like 3 to 6 months old. (Remember when Colette came with me to Paris Fashion Week)? That was so much easier!
Once children become mobile, it’s a new type of travel. Walking, crawling, trying to walk – there’s no downtime at all on the plane. When we were flying, Collette would nap, but only for about 20 minutes, which didn’t give Allen and me much of a break.
Chloe was actually a huge help this time around. Traveling with a toddler who’s 4 years old, as opposed to a 2 or 3 year old, is a actually a completely different story. Chloe is like a little mini grown up now who LOVES to help her little sister so we delegated stroller duty to her (who, as you might have seen on my Instagram stories, refuses to let anyone else push Colette in her Doona stroller) while Allen and I had two suitcases each. It’s almost impossible to travel light with kids!
Here are my best tips for traveling with two kids:
1. Put Your Big Kid to Work
Get them ready to be responsible and helpful! We would frame it like a challenge or a mission which got Chloe so excited and when they’re at this age, they love helping out! We were all responsible for different things to make this ‘mission’ possible and when we assigned Colette to Chloe she LOVED it because she’s such a great big sister!
2. Don’t Overpack Toys for Infants
Honestly, I didn’t pack Colette much toys for our trip to Hawaii. At this point, she’s more interested in ‘non-toys’ like a random makeup brush or even a bag of chips! Of course, we watch her at all times to make sure she doesn’t get her hands on anything she could potentially hurt herself with. We knew we could keep her entertained with no problems.
Snacks are lifesavers as they keep your baby entertained and happy so I always try to have some travel-sized snacks on hand. Colette really loves these little crackers! As for Chloe, I know she’s a picky eater, which means plane food is a no-go for her. I prepacked sandwiches that I knew she’d like as well as small snacks and fruits for her to enjoy.
4. Screen Time
While I try to limit Chloe’s screen time on the day-to-day, I let her watch her favorite shows and play educational games on the plane. I love letting her watch Netflix Kids, which has a great selection of kid-friendly shows and movies that you can pre-select and download to watch offline! I love that I don’t have to monitor her browsing while traveling.
5. New Interactive Toy
Besides Chloe watching videos or playing games, I love to bring her a new interactive toy to keep her busy. I got her a ‘pizza slime’ kit that I knew would keep her preoccupied for at least an hour. She was so excited about it!
6. Only Travel with 1 Stroller
Chloe knows that since she’s the “big sister” now, she doesn’t get to be pushed around in a stroller but when she was feeling fatigued around the airport, we loved that she could sit comfortably on my 4 wheel Jen Atkin x Calpack suitcase!
7. Travel Stroller
Going off the tip above, when you do travel with a stroller, make sure it’s as travel-friendly as possible. This Doona stroller is incredible! Even though Colette is getting a little too long for it now, we’re trying to get as much use out of it as we can. In one click, it transforms from a stroller into a car seat which is an absolute lifesaver when traveling!
Do you have any tips for traveling with two children? Please share as I’d love to hear them! Leave me a comment down below and let me know!