Recently I blogged about our flight out to Colorado. If you read the post, you probably remember the air travel aspect of the trip was not all rainbows and unicorns. To be fair though, I was pleasantly surprised with how accommodating airport security was in moving my disheveled family through security swiftly without sacrificing safety protocol.
A few tips to make your airport experience with toddlers a positive one:
1. Pack a small backpack for each child to carry their own personal items for the trip (e.g., extra clothes, books, toys without small parts, electronics, snacks).
2. Pack your own carry-on bags thoughtfully and wear slip-on shoes (if possible). It is difficult to keep a close eye on your (likely overly-excited) children as you pull out small liquids (packed according to regulations), computers, and other items that need their own security bin while wrestling with your shoes.
3. Go in the family line, even if it is longer. The security personnel are sensitive to the fact that you may struggle or cause delays as you attempt (unsuccessfully) to get your child to let go of his stuffed Elmo and let you put it through the screening machine (Um, not like I have any experience with that specific scenario).
4. Read regulations on what snack/drink items you can bring through security for your child before arriving at the airport.
5. Be aware that if you are traveling with a baby, you will likely be pulled aside into the screening area so that they can test the baby bottles, milk/formula, and other items.
On our way out to Denver, our airport screener was particularly fascinated with our favorite snack holder – the Nuby 3D iMonster Snack Keeper. As he swiped his testing wand all over the bottles and this snack keeper, he asked a million questions: What is this? (My answer: A fun container that keeps my son’s snack from spilling all over the place.) Can his hand get stuck in it? (My answer: No.) Does the snack really stay in there (complete with experiment that involved shaking the full container over his head)? (My answer was no answer. I didn’t need to answer as he answered this question himself and responded “coool.” Though if I had answered, I would have said this is my favorite snack container that we own because my son cannot pull off the lid like he can on other ones and the snack stays inside when he tries to dump it.) Where do you get one of those? (He didn’t ask this, but I know you want to know. You can buy a Nuby 3D iMonster Snack Keeper at Amazon for $5.99.)
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