Travelling with kids in style??
Whenever I think about traveling the world or simply flying to a holiday destination I think - glamorous, exciting, special. And it is... Unless you are traveling with small children.... Whenever I think about flying somewhere with my two gorgeous yet demanding little ladies, I'm almost feverish.. I do Sydney to Europe fights every year by myself with my princesses and think myself a veteran by now, but still every time we set off to the airport my stomach rumbles angrily and I sweat like a teenage girl anticipating a first kiss. I have done it all before but every time it is different. I do not really know what to expect. Normally we do pretty well - thank God for the private movie screens, headphones and iPads. Bless the ones who invented sticker books, apps and tiny little toys that one can fit in a pocket. All those inventions make my job soooo much easier. Still my kids seem to be bored half the time and I find myself exhausted after first 10 or so hours of the journey. They are still good kids. They cope with it all really well, can not complain.
A few days ago we were taking a 2,5 hour flight in Europe. My girls were, in my view, pretty well behaved, although not necessarily quiet. Unfortunately we had a very posh behaving old lady sitting in a seat in front of us. White hair, a-bit-too-tight-for-the-age black dress, black tinted brows, blue eye shadows, bright red lips and nails. OMG, the looks she was giving us, the amount of head shaking that was involved would normally caused a migraine. But not in this lady's case. She was disgusted. Disappointed. And kept looking at me with hatred in her eyes. What should I say. I was hoping she would say something as I had a response ready- next time invest in business class if you do not want to have children about. Even the stewardess was bringing treats for my ladies and when I mentioned that I don't think some people would consider them well behaved, she clearly and quite loudly stated how good they were. The old lady was aghast. But it worked a treat.
As you can probably imagine, style and kids while traveling do not necesarily work well together. You need to be comfortable, ready for any action and prepared for the worst. Here is what I do to survive these extreme conditions. Keep your delicate fabrics in the suitcase. Put or pack a few layers that can work as a change of clothes (for all those incidents when your child spills a drink or dinner on you.. ) keep your shoes flat and über-comfy. I do admire the mothers boarding a plane in high heels and full make up. For me though it is all about comfort and getting to the destination with as little dramas as possible. I alway pack my revival kit as well - a good hydrating face cream and spring water spray, compact powder and mascara, so I do not go scaring around when off the plane ;))