Leavin’ on a Jet plane – with kids!


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By the time this posts I will be at the airport waiting to board a plane with my 2 and 4 year old. This will be their first time on a plane, their first time leaving the state, their first time traveling further than 200 miles away from home.

I’m excited, nervous and a little bit scared. I don’t know how my kids are going to react. We will be on the plane for a LONG time and they have a hard time sitting still for a 90 minute movie.

Southwest2So I’ve been trying to come up with some ways to occupy and distract them. See, my kids don’t know we are going to Disney World. As a matter of fact currently they have no idea that we are going anywhere. We are going to stay the night near the airport the night before and we plan on telling them we are going to visit their grandparents that night. It’s not lying. We really are going to see their grandparents while in Florida. We are just selectively leaving out the whole Mickey and Minnie Mouse thing.

Anyway, back to the plane ride. My friend Sarah had told me about a really great thing she and her husband did when they flew with 2 of their 4 kids for the first time. They were flying for the holidays so to make it special she wrapped up several small presents and stashed them in her bag for the plane. When the kids would start to get restless she would pull out a present for each of them and they would be good to go for a while.

So I’ve taken that idea :). I’ve actually procured some super cute items that are Disney themed and some that are not. My plan is to give them to the kids throughout the flight. I’ve also got the portable DVD player packed with Disney movies of course and each of my kids will have a backpack that they can pack a few toys in to take on the plane and I’ll put some snacks and a drink in there too.

Picture 3One of the items I have (although not Disney themed) is a super cute product from Little Journeys Baby World.Chalkboard Placemats. This is one of her So, I actually let the kids play with this one already. It is so cool to have when at a restaurant. The kids have fun drawing on the “chalkboard” side and then when their meal comes we flip it over and they have a special placemat.

I also like the fact that they roll up and have a ribbon tie and fit easily in my purse, which I will admit is a bit oversized, and are great to carry around to use not just for eating out but for doctors office or any other appointments where you need to occupy the kids.

The only drawback that I could find with them is that since they are stored rolled up, when you first untie and open them you really have to smooth them out to get them to lay flat. This is all me though because the kids don’t seem to mind that they have to hold one side down when trying to draw on them. And when you flip them over for the placemat they lay down fine.

Could you use a chalkboard placemat? Well, then today is your lucky day! The fine folks at Little Journeys Baby World have been kind enough to offer one of my readers their very own!

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Plane photo by Bob Reck


  1. RobMonroe says:

    Safe and peaceful travels! We have had luck with our 2 year old – I know it’s too late for suggestions, but run them like a herd of sheep before the flight!
    .-= RobMonroe´s last blog ..Thanksgiving! =-.

  2. My kids tend to like to snack, so I always make sure to have several snacks!
    .-= Kristie´s last blog ..Advent Calendars =-.

  3. I subscribe.

  4. Stephanie says:

    We travel with a portable DVD player!
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Jack Cards Review & Promo Code =-.

  5. Stephanie says:

    I Follow @littlejourneys and @madhattermom on Twitter

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  6. Stephanie says:

    I follow via google friends
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  8. Mary Preston says:

    It’s important to pack familiar items. This gives the child some sense of control & lessens the anxiety.

  9. Disney world?
    Fun! Hope U enjoy your trip! Does that mean you will not be mingling with us today?
    I’ll look forward to next week. Gotta see your excellent product placement of Cherry coke…Have they called you back yet?
    You are super duper awesome! I love your video editing skills. I need to learn some…;)
    Have a super time at Disney world!!;)
    .-= one cluttered brain´s last blog ..Monday mingle Dec 7, 2009 =-.

  10. We have special days (e.g. a Magnadoodle) that are only for trips….so they’re special enough to keep our toddler occupied for at least some period of time!

  11. I follow both on Twitter (I’m @prizealert)

  12. Stephanie says:


    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Create a Holiday Haven With Glade! =-.

  13. JenniferB says:

    we always had lots of coloring books and crayons

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  14. JenniferB says:

    following both of you on twitter

  15. JenniferB says:

    following blog

  16. JenniferB says:

    subscribed with google reader

  17. Stephanie says:


    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Amazon Toy Deals! =-.

  18. I like to hide a few favorite small toys a few weeks before traveling and them bring them out in intervals during the trip. Also, plenty of snacks 🙂

  19. We follow both as heart4home

  20. Stephanie Grant says:

    I bought my son a dvd player to travel with and it has made a world of difference!

  21. Stephanie Grant says:

    I follow you both on twitter @sgrant2005

  22. When traveling on road trips I like to drive at night while the kids sleep. Not sure about airplanes except lots of gum and headphones with music. CD players or iPods.
    .-= MommaDJane´s last blog ..Wordless Wednesday – Edinburgh Castle =-.

  23. @MommaDJane is my twitter handle and I am following both
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  24. My tip is to have lots of extra diapers. My daughter always had blowouts on the plane-ugh and we got close to not having enough diapers after extra-long layovers…not a good thing! And lots of changes of clothes! For them AND you! 😉
    .-= Jen´s last blog ..Leapfrog Tag Books – $5.99 =-.

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