So, there is air travel in your future. Maybe you’re off to China or Guatemala or Ethiopia to meet the newest addition to your family and bring the darling home. Or, perhaps the whole gang is heading off on a holiday.
You dig out the carry-on bags from the last time you traveled and start collecting all you know you’ll need to keep the kids happy and busy on the long flight.
When departure day comes, you learn that almost nothing you packed for the kids … their favorite juices, the only milk they can stomach, a few yogurts to stave off hunger while the food cart makes its slow way down the aisles … is allowed on board.
Ack! What can you do?
Well, actually, not much.
There are exceptions to the 3-1-1 rule (3-1-1 for carry-ons = 3 ounce bottle or less; 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger) that include baby formula and breast milk, and “… liquids including water, juice, or liquid nutrition or gels for passengers with a disability or medical condition … “, and I’m going to suggest a kid who’ll drink nothing but mango juice qualifies.
(All items will be inspected, but the TSA insists, “Our Security Officers will not test or taste formula or breast milk.” Good to know.)
If you are hoping to get on board with more than a drop or two of mango juice and a bit of the right milk you MUST have everything you’re hoping to carry with you handy and packed according to directives, and declare each item to the security officers. They have the final say over what is and what isn’t considered necessary for you and your child for the flight. They will be neither amused or in much of a mood to placate, so be polite as you make your case for that extra yogurt you know will make the difference between a nice, quiet nap and a screaming rampage down the aisles.
Before traveling, before buying a ticket or beginning to even think about packing, visit the TSA site for a complete rundown of what you can and can’t take with you and how to best manage the process of traveling with kids.
Then, if at all possible, stay home. If you must travel by air to get where you’re going, and do that travel with children, you can only do the best you can to get what you can to go onboard with you, then hope and pray the galleys are well stocked with things your kids will eat and drink.
I wonder how long it would take us to row to Cambodia.
(Shades of Spalding Gray … )