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The Toddler Travel Tips of Huckleberry Holbrook

Hi guys! Huck here!

Did you know that this week I took my sixteenth plane ride? I know, it’s a little ridiculous. But since we live in New York City and my mom and dad’s families live out west, I spend lots of time on airplanes. And guess what! I’m a real good flyer ! Wanna know my favorite tips for flying with toddlers? Good! Let’s go!

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  • Time to fly! 1 of 10
    Time to fly!
    So, let's be honest, guys. Being on an airplane is no fun at all. It's so frustrating when you want to run around and your mom won't let you! And sometimes the other passengers will see that you're getting on the plane too and get all crabby. But Mom and I are such a good team on cross-country flights! Here are our best tips!
  • Tip #1: Only bring one carry-on bag. 2 of 10
    Tip #1: Only bring one carry-on bag.
    Mom figured that one out the hard way. People are always real helpful, but carrying me plus a coat plus a purse plus a diaper bag is TOO MUCH STUFF. In your one bag bring the bare minimum! For me, I need two diapers, a full pack of wipes, a ring sling, a sippy, and a fun pack (I'll explain that later). That's it! Mom likes to have a Diet Pepsi or two plus her wallet and her iPhone.
  • Tip #2: Buy a stroller bag for baby gear 3 of 10
    Tip #2: Buy a stroller bag for baby gear
    ... like your car seat or pack and play. Anything you put in those stroller bags is checked for free, on all airlines, no matter how much it weighs! Then bring an umbrella stroller for cruising the airport and check it at the gate. TRUST ME, dudes. You'll save on chiropractor bills, is what Mom says.
  • Tip #3: Fill a small pack with toys and snacks. 4 of 10
    Tip #3: Fill a small pack with toys and snacks.
    My mom packs puts this small pack in the little pocket of the seat back in front of us first thing when we sit down at our seats. When I get feisty she lets me pick one thing at a time to play with or snack on. That way I don't get bored with everything in there all at once! She also always brings an empty sippy cup and fills it up with water after we get through security. Usually the security checkers are pretty nice if she forgets and has a full sippy. Probably cause I'm so cute!
  • Tip #4: See if you can get your seat moved to the front of the plane. 5 of 10
    Tip #4: See if you can get your seat moved to the front of the plane.
    This is a good one! Mom always ALWAYS goes to the desk at the gate to ask if we can have our seat moved. She says it doesn't matter if it's an aisle, window, or middle seat, so long as it's at the front of the plane so we can get off FAST once the plane lands. Also, being in the front means we're closer to the bathroom and the flight attendants in case she needs an extra set of arms. You know, sometimes when you're flying with kids you need a little help!
  • Tip #5: Download a cartoon to your iPhone or laptop. 6 of 10
    Tip #5: Download a cartoon to your iPhone or laptop.
    Mom likes to do this so she has a new cartoon to watch with me. She recommends Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (cause it's my faaavorite!) and Yo Gabba Gabba, because that show is weird and interesting to look at even if the sound is turned all the way down.
  • Tip #6: Make use of your camera phone! 7 of 10
    Tip #6: Make use of your camera phone!
    When things get really rough, Mom likes to pull out the reverse camera on her phone and snap pictures of all the goofy faces I can make. This one is a beauty!
  • Tip #7: Schedule your flight during naptime. 8 of 10
    Tip #7: Schedule your flight during naptime.
    Most little kids will nap on a plane if they're tired enough. Something about that jet engine white noise I guess! Mom always tries to choose flights around 11AM. That way we can get up and have a normal morning, and then get on the plane just in time for a quick packed lunch before I get sleepy enough for a nap. And guys, I ALWAYS nap on airplanes. That's what airplanes are for! Wanna find out how?
  • Tip #8: Buy a Ring Sling. 9 of 10
    Tip #8: Buy a Ring Sling.
    It's not always easy to get me to fall asleep. There's not a whole lot of room to stretch out on a plane, am I right? So Mom's big trick is a ring sling. She has a Sakura Bloom linen sling that she puts me in when it's time to fall asleep. Something about being so close to my Mom and having my arms and legs tucked in all tight and hearing her heartbeat always gets me nice and drowsy. It helps when she rocks back and forth and pats my back too! Then when I'm asleep she can read Sky Mall in peace. How exciting for her!
  • Tip #9: Make use of friendly faces. 10 of 10
    Tip #9: Make use of friendly faces.
    Mom's learned that if I get super cranky she can lift me up in the air to face all the passengers behind me. Someone almost always smiles at me and waves, and then I get to flirt with them! Flirting with strangers is my FAVORITE! And I think I make their flight a little more fun too! So long as I'm not whining, that is.

    Well, safe travels everybody! And bring your hand sanitizer! Germs are gross!
    Love,
    Huck

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