How do you travel overseas with small children?

My DH is in the Army and though he doesn't have official orders, his first duty station will be Wheeler Army Air Field in Oahu, Hawaii.

I'm excited about the trip. However, I'm really stressed out as to how we're going to go about moving us and our 3 small chidren ages 34 months and 16 months (twins) over there.

We'll be flying from Florida. So far we're going to break the trip up into a couple of days. We're thinking of flying from Orlando to Dallas, to LA, and then to Honolulu and spending one night on each city until we arrive. It'll still be 6 hours from LA to Honolulu.

If this flight was just me and my DH, there wouldn't be a problem.

Have any of you flown overseas with small children? If so, what have you done to ease the flight for the kids.


Asked by Omayra_M at 11:49 PM on Dec. 1, 2008 in Travel

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  • I have flown with my son (we were only both of us) from Europe to here (US) 2 years ago. My son was then 15 month old. I surprisingly can't remember what I had or did to distract him. But for the trip that I did this year to see my family in Europe (my son turn 3 two days before the trip) I took things (story reader, my first leappad, view master, coloring books..) that he haven't seen before. I suggest to do this get things that the kids could play with that they haven't seen before. Good luck with the trip and I hope you'll have a safe trip.

    Answer by sp30 at 12:58 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

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  • So your going to pay for the trip your self? Even though the army will pay for it.
    We went from Germany to Hawaii.That was a vary longgggggggg trip with 2 kids.
    I will tell you what I would do. Just go straight threw and get the plain trip over with ASAP.
    Stoping and starting wont help at all. GL

    Answer by louise2 at 1:46 PM on Dec. 4, 2008

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  • Me and my family are going to England for Christmas as my Husband family is there. The flight from Minnesota... then Canada then switch to our international flight over night. It is a long flight yes but Clara has done it before. And at the end of the day she gets to see her Nanny and Grampy and for that she is excited.

    Answer by claras_mommie at 9:29 PM on Dec. 5, 2008

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  • I have a dvd player for my daughter-it was a total life saver. I brought coloring books and crayons a stuffed animal and blanket and a couple sippy cups that we were able to wash on the plane (the staff was very helpful) We flew from Vegas to was long but we made it.
    Good luck..
    oh yea you cant bring anything like playdough on the plane...oh and i had a little magnadoodle which my daughter loved

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:44 PM on Dec. 8, 2008

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  • I'm a former Flight Attendant and I fly alone with three children between Europe and California about twice a year, plus shorter trips in between. Each child flew for the first time at 4 months of age.

    I actually made a blog on the subject;

    It's featured on this months' Expat Women website;

    If you have any further questions, you're welcome to contact me!

    Answer by Eclipsepearl at 9:01 AM on Dec. 18, 2008

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  • I have took my little girl over to England. It is more the worries of their ears ... Clara had trouble with that last time. Travel sickness she has that too...
    But besides that for me I was lucky to have a good flight assistance aboard.
    Bring good snacks and games is a major one!

    Answer by claras_mommie at 2:59 PM on Dec. 20, 2008

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  • We flew to Australia when my kiddo was young, 8mo. It was fine. I didnt have three babies, but there are lots of bonus' traveling with little ones. They pulled me out of lines a lot to be more accomodating and the flight attendants were there to help if I needed it, or even if I didnt! Bring NEW exciting toys/books/games, there fav things to snuggle with.. And I dont know if breaking it up will be best; my husband insisted we do it all at once, all flights. It wasnt a problem (26 hour travel time, there and back!)
    Good luck. The best advice I heard was "Expect the worse and its never that bad." It was true.

    Answer by RunMum81 at 9:26 PM on Jun. 24, 2010

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  • When we moved from germany to NC. our son was 2. I took toys, sippy cups, blanky.. A dvd will be a total life saver for you kids.. if they like cartoons then it will be a big help to keep them distracted..

    Answer by AirforceWife654 at 1:01 AM on Sep. 6, 2010

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