Letter for fellow passengers – Traveling with kids

Last month, our family went on vacation.

We took the plane.

With a toddler.

And an infant.

Traveling with little ones can be so hard. The air pressure makes their ears hurt. They can’t really understand why they can’t get out of their seat and run around the aisles. They want to stare at the other passengers. Four hours seems like eternity.

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I know that it is just inevitable to have kids on a plane. I also know that a lot of people who don’t have kids don’t think children should be allowed to air travel.

Well, it’s possible to make it an enjoyable, or at least a survivable experience for everyone.

I wanted to communicate to the people on the plane about our children. I knew that there would probably be some fussing during the flight, and I wanted them to know that we were really trying our best. Therefore, I included this letter for fellow passengers around our seat.

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Dear Fellow Passenger,

 We are Gracie (age 2) and Benjamin (9 months) and we are so excited (and a little scared) to be sharing the flight with you today!

 We wanted you to know that there are some things we most definitely won’t be doing on today’s flight.

 We will not:

  • Talk incessantly about our crazy aunt, even though you have made it clear that you would rather be left alone.
  • Fall asleep on your shoulder
  • Snore so loudly that you can’t hear the stewardess
  • Watch raunchy movies on the screen right next to you
  • Take up our seat AND half of yours with our excess baby weight
  • Give you some horrible sickness or cold (we are perfectly healthy)
  • Push our way to get in front of you when leaving the plane

 What we might do:

  • Peek at you through the seats. Mom and Dad will most likely try to make sure we don’t, but they will probably miss a peek or two. We are naturally curious. Just take it as a compliment that we think you are cute.
  • Play with the arm rest in order to understand how it works.
  • Squeal if the pressure gets too painful. Mom and Dad brought snacks, pacifiers, bottles, etc. in order to prevent this from happening, but we still may squeal. We’re kids, we like being unpredictable.
  • Get tired and bonk the seat, but Mom and Dad will be watching out for that. We won’t be able to bonk the seat as much as we would like.

 We will do our very best to be on our best behavior. Four hours is a REALLY long time for us to sit still, but we will do our best.

 Oh and here are some earplugs…just in case.

 Sincerely,

 Gracie and Benjamin

Isaiah 41:10 – So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

We included that verse at the end, so people would know that there IS hope! Even if our babies cry the entire flight, God will be a source of strength!

The earplugs didn’t hurt either.

Now you have the letter, check back tomorrow for a list of ways to survive the flight with little ones!



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6 comments

  1. Carrie Daws says:

    What an adorable letter! I love it, and would be delighted to receive it. I don’t fly often, but when I do, I try to have extra grace for those traveling with little ones as I well remember how very hard it is.

  2. Kathryn Shirey says:

    oh my gosh, I love this idea of the letter (and ear plugs)! We’re planning our first flight next summer with the kids (they’ll be 5 and 7, but the younger one is an extremely boisterous boy) and I’m dreading it. Not dreading as much as the alternative 20 hour drive, but still I know it’ll be a challenge.

    • Beauty for ashes says:

      Kathryn, yes, it will be a challenge! But, it will probably also be easier than you think! Bring lots of toys and snacks!

  3. Keara B. says:

    I think this is a fantastic idea! If I were sitting next to your family (before I had kids), I would have been honored to have received such a thoughtful and adorable letter. Way to go, considerate parents!! 🙂

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