Friday, 3 November 2017

First Flight With Two Toddlers: Travel Style Brisbane to Sydney

Mid-October we took the boys on their first ever flight, a short trip for a few days down to Sydney. When I was planning our trip I was curious about how I'd keep the boys entertained on the flights and what our first flight experience would be like. I've had a few questions about that too so I thought I'd share more about what the flights were like as well as what I was wearing. Feel free to skip the flight-related stuff if you're not interested and just focus on the outfits, it's a bit of a long post otherwise.

Background to Our Trip:

Toddler T is 3, and Baby Boy is 19 months. Both are good walkers. We took a travel stroller but checked it at the gate along with a suitcase and I had my Ergobaby carrier (which couldn't be used during takeoff and landing or to go through airport security, but can be used at all other times). Baby Boy was on an infant ticket and had to sit in my lap, Toddler T had his own seat.

For luggage, we had my Louis Vuitton speedy bandouliere, the baby bag, hubby's backpack and a carry on 'pull along' suitcase as hand luggage.

We flew Qantas both ways. Both flights were mid-morning flights, when the boys are most relaxed. Toddler T was enthusiastically greeted and given a small activity pack gift on boarding and the flight attendants were polite, friendly, and reminded us we could ask them for anything if we needed help.

What I wore:

First flight with two toddlers outfit: jeans, Converse, Louis Vuitton speedy cross body bag duster | away From The Blue

Louis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere | Away From Blue
Jacket: Kmart striped maxi cardigan
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
Tank: Target embroidered khaki tank
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

Simple comfortable outfit for our first flight. While it was a warm day in Brisbane, I suspected I might need the light duster on the plane and in cooler Sydney. This duster washes well, dries quickly and the print disguises any creases so it's perfect for travel.

While I had multiple outfit choices for the boys, I limited what I brought along to just one pair of shoes (my trusty Converse) and these jeans and a maxi skirt. I usually wear jeans when flying, they are comfortable and it also means that the the heaviest item of clothing is outside your bag in case you're getting near the baggage weight limit!

Last worn: stripe duster, khaki embroidered tank, grey skinny jeans, Converse, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere.

Other ways to wearstripe duster and chambray dress, khaki embroidered tank and denim shorts, grey skinny jeans and colourful cardis, Converse and a shift dress, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere and maxi dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: stripe duster and maternity shorts, Converse for second trimester travel, wrap dresses and speedy bandouliere in second trimester.

How To Keep Two Toddlers Amused on a Flight

Take a Short Flight

The flight from Brisbane to Sydney is only around an hour and a half, so we didn't have to keep the boys amused for too long. We also luckily didn't have to attempt using the airplane bathroom with either of them. Not always possible, but definitely helpful for us to have a small flight as our first one, and it's one of the reasons we picked Sydney to travel to.

Flying with two toddlers tips: Run Around the Airport | away from the blue

Run Around the Airport

We got to the airport and the gate early. We picked window seats at the gate so that the boys could watch the planes and vehicles on the tarmac, while also giving them a large 'corridor' along the window to run up and down while staying in sight and out of the way of the rest of the waiting passengers. We encouraged them to run frequently while we waited for boarding. Did have to stop them from crawling under the seats and disturbing the other people waiting at one point though....

Flying with two toddlers tips: babywearing ergobaby carrier outfit | away from the blue

Boarding Tips

We didn't board right away, and waited until the line was shorter so they weren't standing in one spot too long. Toddler T had his boarding pass so he was responsible for getting it scanned and showing it to the flight attendants as we boarded which got him involved. We found it best to have Baby Boy and I on the window seat with Toddler T in the middle of hubby and I so there were two sets of hands if either boy needed anything. Boarding time is a good time to wipe down the tray tables and other surfaces with a disinfectant wipe too.

Flying with two toddlers tips: free Qantas activity pack | away from the blue


If you're breastfeeding remember that baby has to stay seated in your lap and sitting upright for takeoff and landing, so you'll need to wear something you can easily pull down or unbutton to breastfeed as your toddler sits up. Breastfeeding during takeoff and landing is a good way to help with the pressure on little ears.

Bring Snacks

The flights were around regular morning tea time for the boys so that they would be looking for something to eat. As they are so small, eating and drinking during takeoff and landing is the best way to relieve the pressure in their ears. In keeping with my usual over-packing style, I had a Bento lunchbox with two 'levels' of snacks, as well as two identical smaller snack-boxes.
This worked out well for our first flight, when baby Boy enthusiastically grabbed one of the smaller boxes and managed to open it and shower the gate area with food. I was relieved to still have the second backup box.
We opened out the second 'level' of the lunchbox for snacks for the descent. While they weren't as hungry at the end of the flight, having favourite foods and treats available like biscuits meant they were still happy to eat and help their ears on the descent.
One important point to note is that you have to check the customs requirements for food. There are interstate laws about taking fruit across state lines in Australia. This meant we picked strawberries, raisins and apple which could be freshly prepared, cut and washed the morning of the flight and completely consumed before landing. We left out bananas and mandarins as we didn't want to get in trouble for still having the peel, and just bought more fruit when we arrived in Sydney.

Flying with two toddlers tips: bento lunch box snacks for takeoff landing | away from the blue

Bring Things to Do

As well as the activity pack Qantas provided, I brought a few books along, some colouring books and activity packs with stickers and pencils. We put the bento lunchbox in the seat pocket, along with their drinks and a book and kept the activity packs in the baby bag under the seat in front. With backups in the carry on case we put in the overhead compartment, but never needed to use.
We didn't bring toys as everything you bring will end up on the floor at least once. My teething necklace was the only 'toy' as it stayed around my neck, and Baby Boy gnawed on it a little when he got grizzly during the descent into Sydney.

Flying with two toddlers tips: activity packs colouring stickers | AwayFromTheBlue

Plan Your Flight Entertainment

On takeoff we sat the lunchbox in Toddler T's lap so both boys could easily reach it and pick what they wanted to eat. Once the plane was level, we packed it away and did some of the activity books together until the refreshments were served (we asked for a bottle of water at this point to refill the boys drinks). Once they got tired of picking at the bun provided for morning tea, as neither of them seemed to like it, we got out the books to read and did some more activity packs. We followed what the boys wanted to do and changed activities as they wanted until it was time to descend and pack up the tray tables and bring the snacks out again.

Flying with two toddlers tips and advice | AwayFromTheBlue

Explain Everything

For weeks leading up to the flight we were reading all the plane related books we had, explaining the check in process, take off and landing. Knowing that the plane would go fast, that the plane would be noisy and that eating and drinking will stop your ears feeling funny helped. Instead of trying to detail everything in the moment, we could quickly refer back to earlier conversations. With a toddler who doesn't like loud noises, explaining each and every noise and movement of the plane helped calm any fears. A tip I picked up from my Dad, who would always tell us what noises to look out for next on our flights as kids. It's a habit now!

Flying with two toddlers Brisbane to Sydney | AwayFromTheBlue

What I wore:

Airport travel outfit skinny jeans striped duster converse louis vuitton speedy bandouliere cross body | AwayFromBLue
Jacket: Kmart striped maxi cardigan
Necklace: Nibbly Bits Abacus teething necklace in pop
DressMEV Britney bubble tank in mood indigo C/O Zibibo
JeansJeanswest Cecile dove grey skinny jeans
ShoesConverse Chuck Taylor All Star low in black
Bracelets: the usual plus Cora purpleheart and mother of pearl watch C/O JORD
BagLouis Vuitton Damier Ebene 30 speedy bandouliere

Why I wore it:

This is what I wore for our flight home from Sydney to Brisbane. The same duster, jeans and shoes, just a different tank. I wore my Converse every day, there was no room to pack two pairs of shoes with all the extra clothes I had for the boys. I did manage to pack an extra handbag though, ha! I used my Speedy Bandouliere most days. It's so helpful having a cross body bag when you're navigating airports with toddlers in tow.

My jeans were covered with food crumbs after the first flight, but nothing that a baby wipe couldn't fix to make them presentable enough to travel home in a few days later. The ultimate mum essential: baby wipes clean everything!

Last worn: stripe duster (above), navy breastfeeding tank, grey skinny jeans (above), Converse (above), Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere (above).

Other ways to wearstripe duster and flares, navy breastfeeding tank and maxi skirt, grey skinny jeans and purple cardi, Converse and colourful jeans, Louis Vuitton Speedy Bandouliere and a dress.

Perfect for pregnancy: stripe duster and skater dress, bubble tank in second trimester, Converse in Third Trimester, speedy bandouliere and maternity pencil skirts.

Style Essentials for Traveling with Toddlers:

How You Can Wear It:

Comfort is key when flying with toddlers - you don't want to be fussing over your outfit. Make everything machine washable as it will get dirty! A cover-up like a cardigan or duster hides spills and stains and keeps you warm on a cold plane. Converse are comfortable and practical for running around in airports. Jeans are a good choice too as you can easily wipe food crumbs off with a baby wipe.

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  1. Nothing better than a comfy and cute outfit when travelling! Whether I'm travelling with kids or not snacks and things to do are always a must :P Hope you have had a good trip

  2. Your outfit is perfect for travelling, I always bring a cardigan with me even in summer since the airconditioning in the airports is always low and I am always cold!!! Happy Friday Mica and I hope you have a lovely weekend!!


  3. How I love reading this, I remember myself putting food in little containers for my toddler on our recent US trip. You're very organised, I think your boys enjoyed their first flight. Very comfy outfit you wore too, so good to plan ahead.

  4. Toddler travels so fun, I took my oldest on a long train trip.., I fell asleep from exhaustion, she crawled around while other passengers watched her... suffice to say we flew home, it was a quick 2 hour trip ... no more train trips for toddlers. With my youngest I had to fly to the US... she was a runner, I had to have US attached by wristbands with a coil... that saved me multiple times.

    I love your travel outfits... I pack light too... I really like your khaki tank, it's very cute xox ♡♡♡

  5. What a good prepared Mum you are! I'm always boggled by families who haven't brought any of the distractions for the kids on the flights. I feel bad for the kids! (not to mention the other passengers!). When I was a kid, we went to Disneyland and Hawaii several times - my Mom was so good about making sure we had LOTS of stuff to do at all times. For me, that was always books!

  6. Woohoo! Sounds like a pretty successful first plane trip! Definitely smart to start with a shorter flight too, haha. Now you can just keep building up!

  7. They always call parents with infants / toddlers / young kids first for flights but we've always waited until the end as there's nothing worse than being trapped in that tiny space with two kids whilst everyone gets on! It's amazing how quickly you learn this stuff once the kiddos arrive, before that I'd have happily got on first, sat down and stuck my head in a book straight away :)

  8. I love that long sweater, it looks like such a cozy, chic piece that's perfect for traveling. Glad to hear the flight went well with the kids!

    Kathryn •

  9. I love the picture that you took on your journey. My nephews are still very little and I had to watch them and took them travelling, it was a lot of fun but also tiring. Great tips, beign organised certainy helps! I wish you a lovely weekend. <3

  10. Comfort is definitely key when traveling, and I love that you still look so chic! I don't have any toddlers yet but these tips will be very handy for when that day comes! Have a great weekend!

    Jenny | Geeky Posh

  11. Baby wipes really clean everything. I wonder how I ever survived without them...

    Anne - Linda, Libra, Loca

  12. Sounds like this went so well and you all did a great job preparing for the flight. Il ove the snacks and activities. So smart to do a short flight the first time.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  13. This was so interesting to read, even though I don't have kids of my own. I liked following along with your thought process and all your decisions for the day. Glad the flights went well! I didn't take my first plane ride til I was almost 19, so its good that you're starting them young! :)

  14. Exciting! I a glad the trip was a success for all of you. Amazing effort to still look so put together and relaxed when you were travelling with two little ones.

    SSG xxx

  15. It's great that you seemed to have a good time traveling with toddlers! I remember when my mom was traveling with my baby brother, and I honestly wonder how she got through those considering how hyperactive he was!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

  16. These are great tips! I have two boys that are 3 years apart but much older now. I could of used this post then. :)

  17. Awww the snack boxes you put together for your little ones are adorable! You look really lovely for traveling; a great casual look, complete with gorgeous bag.

  18. What a fun and nostalgic post on how to travel with the little ones. It does seem that snacks, and more snacks, are the main thing. And yes having them walk around as much as possible is very helpful. It was almost 3 decades ago when I had this problem but I remember it like yesterday. I must say that flying back then was much easier than it is now !
    Love your luggage!
    ❤️❤️❤️ Elle

  19. Snacks and entertainment are the two things I concern myself the most with when traveling! :D -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

  20. Lol covered in crumbs, the hazards of travel and parenting. I love the grey jeans though and obviously your LV bag!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  21. These are great tips! We had most of these items when we traveled with our daughter overseas this summer. Sticker books were wonderful because we didn't need to bring crayons. Lots of snacks are super important too!! You can never have too many!

  22. Even though I have no kids, I am in awe of your very detailed and thoughtful preparation to have your babies comfortable during the flight. You are so lovely! As for the outfit, I'd so wear it as I find it very comfy. The sneakers are perfect and I love that you decorated your neck with an eye-catching necklace for a personal touch. You are such a caring mommy =D I've had a bit of a low energy day as it's going to be the time of the month soon. I look forward to more energy hahah. Wishing you a lovely weekend and please get well soon :) xx

  23. Mica, you are an exemplary mother! This is so awesome! I will have to share with other mommy bloggers. Awesome post!

  24. glad your trip went well. It's always good to be prepared when you have two little ones in tow <3 I wear my heaviest clothing when I am on a trip too to save on baggage weight :)

  25. All these tips and ideas for traveling with toddlers! These are even useful for adults who can't stay still for too long! I also stand as much as possible before boarding. I wish I could run away though! That would be fun. Thanks for sharing dear. Xo, Ellese


  26. Love that shot over Sydney! My friend took a similar one yesterday and posted in on FB and I just love it. Sounds like the kids were pretty perfect on the flight! And that you did some sensible things to make sure they were entertained! I can imagine it would be super stressful to fly with two small children but you've made it sound completely do-able!

  27. Thanks for sharing these great tips Mica! I haven't yet taken the kids on an airplane, but I'm sure eventually we will and I will definitely come back and revisit this post!! I can imagine that snacks would be so helpful--what would we do without snacks?? :)

  28. Glad the boys had a good first plane ride! I was 10 when I took my first flight! I love your travel look, very similar to what I'd wear, but definitely no lace up shoes, since they have be taken off to get through security.
    Chic on the Cheap

  29. You were so well prepared! We have only taken our oldest on a flight before we had either of the others, but I think a flight with all of us is in the near future!


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