Travel Tips Needed!

I need everyone's tips and advice, even if you don't have kids.

I will be traveling by plane with 4 kids and my nanny. My husband can not come. We will be gone for a month, stay with a relative. We will get on one plane, have a layover and switch planes.

Any advice on ensuring we get from one plane to the next in a timely manner?

Tips on keeping the kids quiet and entertained on the plane?

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4Katie
    05/30/14
    Baby laptops to sing them jingle bells lol.It will keep them quite.that's my opinion
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      05/30/14
      4Santana Ferrell
      A carry on for each child depending on age make them responsible for what is in their carry on ( crayon coloring book travel games video games) make getting to the next plane kind of a game/ race. have fun with it.
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        05/30/14
        I've seen tips on quiet bags. Go to the dollar store without kids, grab some small bags, some cheap toys, art supplies, snacks. Take home and make little activity bags and snack bags. All you have to do is reach in a backpack and grab a bag. Make sure they are chewing or swallowing at take off and landing. Keep the bag out of site until return trip home. My sister bought one of those baby leashes so my niece could get exercise but stay close if my sister had to pay attention at the counter. Check out the airport you have layover at, some airports are putting in play centers for young travelers. Do you have window seats? That might help the olders at least.
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          05/30/14
          4Santana Ferrell
          Oh and chewing gum so ears pop as well as childrens dramamine incase of motion sickness
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            05/30/14
            Stephani Harper
            Well for any kind of long trip my kids bring their video games...don't know if that helps
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              05/30/14
              Amanda Hurley
              I don't know your kids' ages, but I took Jasmine when she was a year and a half old. I nursed her on take off and landing. I took an umbrella stroller. They will usually take them at the gate and give them back when you get off.
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                05/30/14
                Ashley
                We travled with two kids. Haiden was 3 and logan was 1. I say have a stroller for smaller kids like a double stroller. Set guide lines and behavior of older kids. Give tasks to nanny like when bathroom breaks, food. Sit next to a window cuz kids love to watch planes take off and land. Make sure u have a small backpack to carry on with coloring books, cryons, maybe even handheld games.
                My expirence was not as good as we planned as logan got sick the whole way to our destination so we had more of a puke mess and stress.
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                05/30/14
                I agree with Stacey!
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                  05/30/14
                  4Ronna Jones
                  I haven't flown with the kids yet but, Babycenter.com has some good tips!
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                    05/30/14
                    4Ronna Jones
                    you'll have to let me know how it goes because, we are planning to fly to Florida for Christmas vacation.
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                      05/30/14
                      For the older 3 for the plane ride bring books, if they have ipods make sure they are charged and ready to go. Bring coloring books crayons. Tell them they can bring 2 small toys on the plane. Cars a doll that kind of thing. For the little one bring something to suck on she her ears will pop. A comfort blanket or something she can cuddle on the plane. Toys that kind of thing. Have each kid pack their own little back pack so they have to be responsible for their own things. Once you get threw security go to one of the "new stands" get each kid something to drink and a snack for on the plane. Kids get hungry and when they do they get crabby. Maybe even get them a sandwich if possible. If you have a layover you should have plenty of time to get to the next plane and once you are checked in for the first plane you are checked in for the next and they should wait for you. Once you get off the plane go to the gate of your next plane. Have everyone go potty. If possible have your Nanny go get some more snacks and drinks for the next plane ride. If its a long layover and if possible find a corner or take up an area and let the kids play... it gets very boring for them and kids need to move. Make sure that you get snacks for your self to and you move around to.
                      Don't worry it will all be fine. You will have a great time and everything will work out. If you think you need extra help you can always let the flight attendants know that your next plane leaves right away and you were wondering if maybe you and your crew could get off the plane first so you can make the flight.
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                        05/30/14
                        Your all right I can't have great comment because I have never traveled with a baby I always travel alone with my husband but the tips help when I get kids of my own I will do as you all suggested.
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                          05/30/14
                          4Katie
                          Thanks everyone for their advice!! I am going to have the older three each have their own carry on. I am going to buy them coloring books, crayons, silly putty, a few small toys and bring the iPad. I am going to have Annika's stuff in my carry on.

                          I will let everyone know how it goes when we are done traveling.
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                            08/06/14
                            Having a bag of new or old toys they haven't seen in a while is useful. One mother even wrapped them individually, so they were tiny "presents". You can bring each item out one at a time to distract the child. We also brought the Kindle for books/movies/apps with headphones. I brought my 3 year old's car seat on the plane and that helped contain her. We brought lots of food for the kids too. I also had a talk with the kids on what to expect and what I expected of them. I had a monkey child leash for my 3 year old. I never thought I would use one, but at a busy airport with a child who likes to run away...it is a lifesaver. Hope that helps. It won't be easy, but you can do it!
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