Traveling Tips?

February 11th, 2013
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Da Wife, Da Baby and I will be taking a much needed, albeit short, vacation to da Disneyland for adults on da 9th Island next week and I wanted to know - has anyone traveled with a two-year old before?

Da Wife and I decided wen Da Baby was born dat we wouldn't travel until she was at least seven - or until she was tall enough to ride rides - but I was extremely lucky to have won a trip during da holidays last year. Yes, Ocean Lover, dat was me squealing like a girl on da radio. So we decided to go before it was too late. :roll:

Actually, it's a free trip dat's ending in highway robbery since we had to buy airfare for Da Baby through da same "charter company". Everyone knows da "package" includes airfare, hotel, meals and transfers but to say dat if you just want da airfare only is just $10 less makes me scream......

Wassup Wit DAT!

Understandbly, da "packages" are for adults but really, only $10 less cause someone wants to travel with you? And let me just mention dat dat is just for da AIRFARE ONLY! It doesn't include meals, hotel or da transfers. It's just happenstance dat da three things they rob you on is taken care of in our situation cause she'll share everything with us - cause she's a baby - and we actually rent a car from da airport anyways.

And da reason why we can't pay da extra $10 for da "package"? Cause Da Baby not 21. Oh yeah, we still gotta pay baggage fees in a "package deal"! :roll:

Geez, nothing is truly "free" anymore yeah? :lol:

Anyways, anybody got any tips, hints or suggestions for traveling with a two year old? Obviously it's da first time we've traveled with child and I still remembah da time Da Wife and I traveled wen we was younger and there was a screaming baby and we just gave each oddah a look and knew wat each oddah was tinking....... now we on da oddah side and we don't want to be "dat" ohana.

Things have changed since we were keiki and I tink dis is wea technology is not only a plus, but a must. We got a tablet filled with educational games, dvds (still gotta pick up ovah da ear headphones), a couple of her favorite stuffed animals, a ball (for her to chase and run around, obviously in an open area), snacks and of course her diapers.

Got anything to add? Oh yeah, has anyone been to Vegas with a two year old? We've got our days planned out and driving to a few places outside of Vegas for her to explore as well but would love to hear any suggestions of places to go and see dat are "age appropriate". :grin: Anybody got any foodie spots dat's a must?

Da countdown is on and Da Wife and I have been looking forward to dis for awhile............ as long as Da Baby doesn't wail.








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26 Responses to “Traveling Tips?”

  1. M:

    First!!


  2. M:

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!


  3. M:

    Guud morning BL!!!


  4. M:

    Boosting up your post counts.


  5. M:

    Congrats on winning da trip.
    I nevah did travel wit a 2 year old so I no moa any tips.
    I heard dat dey get one ear ache from the cabin pressure and das why dey cry.
    I guess you gotta bring da car seat.


  6. lowtone123:

    Da only trips we took was to da outa island. I no like go mainland yet till da baby get beega. My only tip is wea clean undawea.


  7. GA Bows:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BL!!!

    Best advice I can give you is Benadryl is your best friend for the flight there and back! Some people may freak out about drugging your baby for some comfort. Yes it makes the parents life easier BUT it also makes the little one comfortable and the rest of the passengers will appreciate it as well.

    On a side note, I'll be in town the week of the 24th to pack up my mom to bring here back here. If you have the time, would like to meet up with you.

    Have fun on your trip and looking forward to reading about it.


  8. Ocean Lover:

    Hey BL! FINALLY you confirm was you! ;-)

    I THOUGHT babies up to 2 years old is "free" provided they sit on the parent's lap? Regardless, I believe up to age 5 you can use "them" to board the plane EARLIER than everyone else.

    Wishing you the best and GOOD LUCK!

    OL


  9. Paco:

    Good luck braddah lance! Traveling with kids is always an adventure. Our daughter was good on planes so as long as she was entertained she was fine. We made sure to bring her lots of stuff to do on the plane and snacks to eat. Books, coloring books, crayons, little toys and even a DVD player. Now with Iphones just load up some movies. Best case scenario is baby falls asleep for a few hours. Just be sure to pack baby's pillow, blanket and any stuffed animals. Otherwise gotta use the airline one. ugh!.

    Another hassle is to have to drag the car seat and stroller with you. You can gate check those though. Just be sure to see the agent before you actually board so you can get it tagged. Then you just drop it at the end of the ramp.

    The biggest pain is all the extra crap you gotta take on the trip. But in the end its worth it!


  10. kamaaina808:

    Hau'oli la hanau BL!

    I no more 'da baby' and nevah fly to da 9th island, nor do i evah win anything so can't say what to do there or why 'things' are so complicated. Huh. I always thought kids were free if they could sit on your lap, but yeah if you gotta put 'em in their own seat, gonna cost $$$. I use Delta & have a gold Delta AmEX card, so da first bag stay free! :D

    Hmm. First off - Check the TSA website re: what's allowed as far as formula, etc. and how to present it to the screeners. Liquids are restricted to 3 oz. and have to be in a separate clear bag & out in the open when you pass thru the screening area. Does 'da baby' drink from a bottle? Take one empty bottle so you can fill it on the plane. I don't think they'll allow it thru if it's full, but yeah.. check first. I usually carry an empty water bottle & coffee mug/thermos and it passes ok. Nowadays they screen them, too - but idc as long as i got something besides a flimsy cup that sloshes every time the plane hits a 'bump.' :roll:

    Yeah usually dey cry going up then down and when dey get bored and tired... etc. Bottle or pacifier supposed to help wit da ear thing. I solve the problem by bringing ear phones & one ipod; ymmv. ;-)

    Stick with one fav stuff toy, one small 'binkie' (that's 'blanket' for you uninitiated, lol) and ... hmm.. dunno about da ball... gonna get all nasty rolling around on dat floor -just sayin'... ewww. :-P

    Snacks... cannot take fresh fruit like avocado or even from da mainland kine cut-up apples (I tried & ended up eating a whole bag (1 apple's worth) of them @ checkpoint!!) but da kine crackers, baby carrots, & non-gel stuffs are ok. Snack-pak kine pudding & fruit cups might not be.

    If you have food like a sandwich or something that you need to keep cold, take one of those soft kine coolers, couple of good paper towels, and 2 quart size empty freezer zip-locs to put ice in. Double it up so less chance of leaking, den wrap in paper towels to absorb the condensation. You can load it up with ice after passing thru screening. I usually hit SBux on my way thru (if dey stay open) & fill up w/ice, espresso & milk. :-P

    Does da baby drink chocolate milk? Take packets of hot chocolate mix so you can make chocolate milk. Unless you bring your own empty one (a grande from SBux would work), you'll need 2 coffee cups - one to mix in & one with ice.
    Get one carton of milk from da stewardess.
    In one coffee cup, add about half hot water & add the mix. Stir well.
    Pour over ice in 2nd cup & add milk.
    Yum!

    Have a good 'un, BL. Can't wait for the report back. ;-)


  11. cojef:

    Sorry, braddah Lance. We drove from Fort Wayne, Indiana to Toledo, Ohio to visit their local zoo and stayed a couple of nights at the 1st Class Hotel. It is easy wen yu no need to fly, cuz yu can load the car with anything yu want. Of course this is back in 1966/67, I tink, long time ago. Lucky he was well disciplined and we even got a compliment from the hotel dining room waitress. The Hotel recommended the babysittah service on second nite, so we could entertain another couple from nearby community. Dohhno now, too makule and times have changed.


  12. Kage:

    Happy Birthday BL!

    Never traveled with a small child. The youngest nieces were teenagers by the time I would fly with them. ;)


  13. mows:

    I flew last year with my two year old and he was free.


  14. Makiki:

    My kids flew a lot and the most important thing for us was to make sure that they were swallowing and/or sucking during pressure changes (takeoff and landing). Bottle or pacifier when they were small and Starburst as they got older. We also had blow their noses to help keep things equalized. Also, we never let them sleep during those times since we wanted them to be able to equalize the pressure in their ears.

    Good luck!
    Alan


  15. NKHEA:

    Howzit BL

    Das bestes ting to take is gramma and grampa

    Have fun and break a leg........and no foget bout your friends wen you hit da BIG ONE


  16. snow:

    i used to use earplanes (they have them for kids) for my son but your daughter is younger (than my son was) so you might want to check with her doctor - trying to make sure that their ears don't hurt due to the pressure is one of the most important things to prevent your child from being uncomfortable during the flight. otherwise, all those other things you and others mentioned are great... toy, electronics, blanket, snacks. you can also bring saline or saline gel - put a little right inside her nose - to make sure her sinuses don't get too dry during the flight and some chapstick. it's cold and dry now so the chapstick and some moisturizer are recommended for off the plane, too!

    we'd usually take the little ones to circus circus, excalibur or new york, new york while we're in vegas. they like the midway games or just getting new stuffed animals!

    p.s. if you bring a ball, i hope no one is a germaphobe!


  17. wafan:

    No keiki. Feel sorry for the screaming kids, though. Travel a lot with high school kids one boy had a major sinus pressure problem one year. Felt sorry for him but there was nothing I could do for him. That was the longest 1 hour flight I had to endure watching one of my boys suffer like that.


  18. sally:

    You can get all da tips in da world but it all comes down to luck. Anywayz, here goes.

    My daughter was 2 1/2 yrs old when we went to Pennsylvania to spend the holidays with inlaws. 'Das planny time in da air, but I got lucky. We got stink eye from everybody in da plane as we found out seats, it changed during the flight.

    My first plan of attack was to fly overnight so it would be her bedtime anyway. Worked like a charm. Took crayons, books, small toys, snacks. The connecting flight in Dallas the next morning, we were all so tired we passed out before the plane even took off and woke up just before landing on the east coast.

    Flight attendants were so grateful to have a "good baby" on board, she scored all kine snacks, cookies, gifts, ... all kine American Airlines paraphernalia.

    So yah, I guess my biggest tip would be to fly da overnighter and pray like heck you get lucky!

    Happy Birthday, BL, and have a wonderful and well deserved vacay!


  19. M:

    Guud Morning BL :!:


  20. 2B:

    BL, went all over the place with my twins and most of the good stuff has already been said. I do recommend earplanes as well. They make some for da real little ones. Make sure you have something for them to drink(or binkie if she uses one) when the plane is going up/down to help pop the ears.

    When my kids were 2 our trip was to the east coast (connection in Chicago). Snacks, water, toys, games, and iPod made a great trip for everyone including those that sat around us.

    Just remember that anything baby related is considered free luggage (even when checking in) so that includes the car seats and strollers.


  21. Melancholyone:

    Depending on how much kala you have...

    Mirage for the Seigfreid and Roy cat exhibit.
    Mandalay Bay for Shark Reef Aquarium.
    Caesar's has a nice animatronic show.
    Bellagio for the singing fountains.

    To try and gamble:

    The hotel you're at, in shifts.

    Circus Circus, one goes to adventuredome or whatever they call it, and one gambles downstairs.

    Excalibur, but that's mostly arcade games, maybe too old for a two year old.

    We didn't go to New York New York the last two times, but they had some games and such there.

    It's always shift gambling.


  22. rayboyjr:

    :cool: Good Morning Everyone!!! :cool:

    ... hey Braddah Lance ... my only thing to add ... just win baybee!!! ... I wish you good luck in hitting a jackpot over there ...

    ... then you wouldn't even mind da baby wailing!!! ...

    ... Have a Good One Everyone!!! ...


  23. Braddah Lance:

    M:
    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!

    Mahalos!

    Boosting up your post counts.

    :lol: No lie... you were bored. :lol:

    Congrats on winning da trip.

    Mahalos.... bettah lucky than good. :grin:

    I guess you gotta bring da car seat.

    Rogah.
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    lowtone123:
    I no like go mainland yet till da baby get beega.

    Dat was our intention as well but if it's free.... :grin:

    My only tip is wea clean undawea.

    :lol: Before or aftah showering?
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    GA Bows:
    HAPPY BIRTHDAY BL!!!

    <Mahalos!

    Best advice I can give you is Benadryl...

    We've already planned to get her up early and "exhaust" her by the time we board, settle her down while we take off and she should knock out for most of da flight.... we hope.

    On a side note, I'll be in town the week of the 24th to pack up my mom to bring here back here. If you have the time, would like to meet up with you.

    So your Mom is finally making the journey? Surah we can meet up. I'm actually back on da 24th so just let me know wea/wen.
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    Ocean Lover:
    FINALLY you confirm was you!

    :grin:

    I THOUGHT babies up to 2 years old is "free" provided they sit on the parent's lap?

    Rogah... but she's a few months past 2.

    Regardless, I believe up to age 5 you can use "them" to board the plane EARLIER than everyone else.

    We laughed about dat cause while we board earlier, we wait da longest in for da seat for da plane to take off... but at least we guaranteed a spot in da ovahhead cabin. :grin:
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    Paco:
    Traveling with kids is always an adventure.

    We're counting on it. :grin:

    Our daughter was good on planes so as long as she was entertained she was fine.

    Das wat we worried about... how much entertainment can we sustain even though there's two of us. :lol:

    We made sure to bring her lots of stuff to do on the plane and snacks to eat. Books, coloring books, crayons, little toys and even a DVD player. Now with Iphones just load up some movies.

    Check, check, check and check. All packed and ready to go already.

    Best case scenario is baby falls asleep for a few hours. Just be sure to pack baby's pillow, blanket and any stuffed animals. Otherwise gotta use the airline one. ugh!.

    I hear ya on dat one!

    Another hassle is to have to drag the car seat and stroller with you. You can gate check those though.

    Tell me about it. :roll:

    The biggest pain is all the extra crap you gotta take on the trip.

    ROGAH DAT! It's like packing/preparing for da next natural disaster. :lol:

    But in the end its worth it!

    I'm counting on it.

    btw, E komo mai back to WWD! Paco
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    kamaaina808:
    Hau'oli la hanau BL!

    Mahalos!

    I always thought kids were free if they could sit on your lap

    Only up to age 2.

    I usually carry an empty water bottle & coffee mug/thermos and it passes ok.

    Me too cause paying $5 fo' bottled water is ridiculous!

    hmm.. dunno about da ball... gonna get all nasty rolling around on dat floor -just sayin'... ewww.

    Rogah.
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    cojef:
    It is easy wen yu no need to fly, cuz yu can load the car with anything yu want.

    But gotta make surah get pit stops too no?
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    Kage:
    Happy Birthday BL!

    Mahalos!
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    mows:
    I flew last year with my two year old and he was free.

    It's in da eye of da beholder (ticket agents) cause I heard dat if you plan to try and pass a baby dat's older than 2, be prepared to provide proof with a birth certificate, oddahwise you'd be paying full fare. :shock:
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    Makiki:
    My kids flew a lot and the most important thing for us was to make sure that they were swallowing and/or sucking during pressure changes (takeoff and landing).

    Hmmm, nevah heard about doing those but will have to remembah it now.
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    NKHEA:
    Das bestes ting to take is gramma and grampa

    Does Grandma, Great-Grandma and Uncle count?

    .......and no foget bout your friends wen you hit da BIG ONE

    I get friends?
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    snow:
    i used to use earplanes (they have them for kids)

    Nevah heard of 'em but I going look into it now.

    it's cold and dry now so the chapstick and some moisturizer are recommended for off the plane, too!

    I was worried about dat as well but Da Wife has got dat covered already. :grin:

    ....or just getting new stuffed animals!

    No room in da luggage for those....... I tink.

    p.s. if you bring a ball, i hope no one is a germaphobe!

    Already scratched it off. :grin:
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    wafan:
    No keiki. Feel sorry for the screaming kids, though.

    Das wen headphones are a must.
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    sally:
    You can get all da tips in da world but it all comes down to luck.

    Did I mention dat I get all da luck in da world?........... HARD luck. :sad:

    Happy Birthday, BL, and have a wonderful and well deserved vacay!

    Mahalos!
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    2B:
    Just remember that anything baby related is considered free luggage (even when checking in) so that includes the car seats and strollers.

    Does dat include beer? Da Wife says I'm a big baby. :mrgreen:
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    Melancholyone:
    Mirage for the Seigfreid and Roy cat exhibit.
    Mandalay Bay for Shark Reef Aquarium.
    Caesar's has a nice animatronic show.
    Bellagio for the singing fountains.

    Already on da list. :grin:

    It's always shift gambling.

    I not worried about dat as Da Wife doesn't gamble and I only gamble wen she's sleeping anyways so while in Vegas, I barely do any sleeping. :lol:

    And E Komo Mai back to you too Melancholyone!
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    rayboyjr:
    ... hey Braddah Lance ... my only thing to add ... just win baybee!!! ... I wish you good luck in hitting a jackpot over there ...

    I can only hope..... Mahalos.


  24. M:

    Guud morning BL!
    Mega Bucks!


  25. Otto:

    For 2-year old kid you need more quiet things to do. I think Las Vegas get one new Children's Discovery Center opening soon (maybe March...need to google to check). If warmer might want to check out Springs Preserve (include outdoor nature museum and other state museum). I think their website get calendar of activities (including children activities).


  26. M:

    Guud morning BL!
    Happy Valentines Day!