Flying with Twins!
We made it! We survived our first plane trip with the girls!
This Christmas, my husband, the girls and I, traveled to Sisters, Oregon, to spend the holidays with my husband’s family. We were there December 18-27, and for two babies, that required a lot of strategic packing!
Thank goodness, my husband is the most organized traveler I know! Had we flown without him, there is a good chance we would all be in Missouri right now.
It all starts with the packing! Knowing that I could not fit a case of diapers in my suitcase, we planned ahead! Before leaving for Oregon, we placed an order on diapers.com to include diapers and overnight diapers! My mother-in-law also made a special trip to Target to pick up formula, bottle liners, food, wipes and essentials. Having big items already at our destination was definitely a lifesaver!
We ended up traveling with two checked suitcases. Keeping the number of checked suitcases to a minimum is key, since it costs $20 / bag on Alaska Airlines.
Alaska Airlines has a rule that there can only be one lap infant in a row on an airplane. It has something to do with the number of oxygen masks that drop down. For most people, this rule does not affect them, but traveling with twins, it means, you have to break up your party. My husband would be in one row with one baby, and I would be in a row in front of him with the other baby.
Since we knew our hands were going to be full, (that is an understatement) our carry-on luggage was restricted to two backpacks. Each back pack was equipped with entertainment (iPad/Kindle Fire/Baby Toys), burp cloths, bibs, bottles, water, formula, diapers, wipes, sanitizer, and extra clothes – because you just never know!
The girls traveled in their car seats, which then sat in the double snap n go stroller. We pushed the “baby limo” all the way to the gate where we then checked it curbside and picked it up when we got off the plane.
We each had a Baby Bjorne carrier, and carried a baby in the Bjorne on and off the plane, to allow us to have our hands free.
We flew from Orange County, had a layover in Portland, and arrived at our final destination in Redmond, Oregon!
On one leg of our flight, a gentlemen sat down next to my husband and saw the baby. A smirk went across his face as he quietly slid into his window seat. As the plane touched down, and both babies had been extremely good with no fuss at all, my husband looked at the guy next to him and said, “I bet you were pretty worried when you sat down next to me, huh?” The guy replied, “Oh yah!” The baby just smiled at him.
I have to say, I am thoroughly impressed. The girls traveled extremely well. They even did a great job entertaining other travelers on the plane!
As amazing as they were, as little travelers, I still don’t think I’m ready to get on a plane again with them anytime soon. Let’s just count our blessings now!
We had a very Merry Christmas!!