We took the TheMonk and Swee’Pea show on the road this week as we traveled to
sunny thunderstorm-struck Colorado. This was our second trip on a plane with the twins but the first one where they actually had opinions on how things should be. Overall, things went well – mostly a result of planning and luck.
Along the way, we picked up a few pointers that I thought might be useful to those feeling brave enough to travel with twins.
1) When flying, if you can, buy the extra seat. If you don’t purchase the third seat, you won’t be able to sit together. Each row has only one extra oxygen mask so if you have you, your spouse, and the twins on your lap, then the unlucky soul who gets the seat next to you will be one too many people for the number of oxygen masks. As a result, you’d be separated and on your own. Get the extra seat (most airlines give you an infant fare). The airline we used this time asked us to bring on an airline-approved car seat for the extra seat. It worked fine for the baby who didn’t mind kicking back (TheMonk) while we wrestled with the independent, too-much-to-see-to-relax, little one (I’m talking to you Bri).
2) Be prepared. Your carryon should be all about the babies. Forget the magazines, the laptop, or shots of bourbon – what you bring should have one thing in mind: Keep Babies Happy. Pack lots of little toys. Pack lots of Cheerios. Pack a little juice and some sippy cups. Don’t forget your sanity. Then, be prepared to whip out whatever the moment calls for.
3) Pack light. If your final destination is family, have them pick up some baby necessities so you don’t have to pack them. This might include diapers, baby food, even a borrowed crib from a neighbor. If you’re going somewhere where family cannot come to the rescue, call your hotel and see what they can do. Many will have cribs for you to use and will be set up when you arrive. Make a quick trip to the grocery store when you get there and pick up the essentials so you don’t have to pack it all.
4) Be realistic. When traveling with twins, they’re the boss. If they’re used to two naps a day (and ours are, thank God), then you’ll need to get them those two naps a day. Cranky babies makes cranky parents and that just won’t do on vacation. So, when planning your day, don’t cram too much and be flexible enough to end things quick if the babies are not cooperating.
5) Have fun. The best part of being on vacation with your family is getting to spend quality time together. We might not have done much this past vacation but spending so much time with my wife and TheMonk and Swee’Pea was well worth it. Enjoy the ride, wherever it takes you.