- You don’t think a thing about the fact that your kids are yelling (and laughing) at each other across the aisle (and across other passengers)
- The kids are covered in signs of chocolate, gummy worms, cookies and crackers – all attempts at keeping them quiet on the flights. You don’t even think ahead about the inevitable sugar crash.
- You stop looking people in the eye when your child (with hurting ears as the air pressure changes) has been screaming for a solid 30 minutes.
- You’re ok with the fact that because the extra diapers ended up on A La Carte, it means talking small child to an even smaller airplane bathroom, dumping the poo and then putting the diaper (still dirty) back on him. ”Nope, I don’t smell anything!”
- You pull out all “i” devices possible. The 4 year old is griming up the iPad, the 2 year old is practically eating the iPod. They’re quiet, so cleaning the screen is the least of your worries.
- You haven’t slept in a solid 20 hours, you look like it, and you don’t care.
- You’re happy your kids are running through the airport (though consider dressing them in bright orange vests with flashing lights to warn people they are underfoot) because it means they are burning off serious energy before the next flight.
- You gaze longingly at the airport cars zooming through the hallways because you know they could carry all this gear so much more efficiently. Instead, you double up on the backpacks, have a child strapped to your front in a Boba, have both hands full with bags of snacks and very well may have a car seat balanced on your head.
- You’re visibly sweating as you chase kids around that airport….and you forgot to put on deodorant that morning (at 4 a.m.)
- You’re leaving a solid trail of snacks, wrappers, and used kleenex….
So, we may or may not have been “that family” while traveling recently to Alaska. But, it sure felt like it! Please tell me I am not alone on this one! While we do plenty of traveling, most of it is by car. While it may literally look like a bomb has gone off at the end of the trip, it’s easy to blast the music, bust out the portable DVD players and know that even the car driving right next to you can’t hear your screaming child on hour 20 of the trip. AND you can stop whenever you want and let everyone run and get some fresh air. We didn’t know how the whole traveling by airplane thing would go, but we survived….barely.
Traveling “Essentials” That Just Make Life a Little Easier:
Actually, this may be a bit of an essential for me. I was getting honestly tired of our Family Travel bag that barely fit everything in it. I wanted something that was simple, small and could handle what I needed for trips and smaller overnights or trips to the gym. The Taxi is perfect for that. Holds surprisingly more than it seems (deodorant, hair brush, toothpaste and brush, vitamins, medicine just in case, hair ties, etc.) and organizes everything with it’s two zippered interior mesh pockets and smaller pockets inside of those! The two carrying handles make it easy to tote around.
The entire line of SkinFare is astounding, though I find myself reaching for the Tropical Nourishment stick most often to heal all our skin ailments (raw skin from blowing noses during cold season, dry skin, minor scrapes and bruises, etc.) The packaging is perfect for travel (small, compact and biodegradable). We deal with dry skin more than I like being out in the west and exposing our hands especially to cold temperatures. This has been the quickest, easiest way to heal my dry hands. I was pretty skeptical, so I have repeated tests over and over. Conclusion: It’s the best! A “little birdie” also told me that they are planning on coming out with a bigger tube very soon that will make applying on larger areas of your body (legs, torso, etc.) much easier. Definitely check them out.
We used the Hoboroll while traveling as a way to keep the kids’ winter gear organized, easily accessible and cinched down in our luggage to save room. It is a “tube” with different compartments you can throw gear in and then cinch it all shut. Advertised as a way to organize small items in luggage, it works best, in my opinion, for items like small (kid-sized) coats, snow pants, hats, gloves, socks, etc. that you want to keep separated but easy to find. You can read my full gear review here.
Overland Equipment, SkinFare and Gobi Gear generously provided us this gear in order to facilitate these reviews. However, as always, the opinions expressed here are completely and honestly our own. You can find my full disclosure here. Photos taken from their respective sites.
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