Monday, February 6, 2012

{What a trip....flying with our Twins!!}

Plane tickets bought, read all the instructions from the airline and TSA regarding flying with children under the age of two and also educated myself on what to bring from other traveling moms on the internet! Wow...can I just first say, our trip from New Mexico to Georgia was flawless! Our twins were absolutely amazing little children, of course we had the usual crankiness of being tired and hungry but for the most part it was a very pleasurable trip! 

We had decided to fly from our small town regional airport using a commercial commuter jet to avoid having to travel two hours to the closest airport. Knowing our airport is small, I thought I should call a few days ahead just to ask last minute details of flying with the twins. They were very helpful on the phone, giving me great advice after talking with them I felt very comfortable flying with the twins! Just to give you a visual of our travel madness...

One large brown suitcase weighing 50lbs {the max weight}
One large red suitcase weighing 50lbs {the max weight}
One small red suitcase weighing 30lbs 
Two carseats in black carseat travel bags
One umbrella stroller in a blue travel bag
Two brown large backpacks {heavy and filled to the rim}....carried on the plane
One brown diaper bag {filled with a ton of diapers, wipes, and miscellaneous items}...carried on the plane
One small brown bag....carried on the plane
and us....Vintage Momma, Daddy, and our Twins!!!!!

I knew when we arrived to our local regional airport and I pushed the twins in the the stroller out of the freezing cold air into the building and the ticket agent said..."Are you the Hughes'...we have been waiting for you?".... we were in trouble!  We were actually there an hour and a half before our flight, they were just waiting on us because they were prepared for our travel madness.  The airline was very accommodating, the station manger and another employee went and helped my husband unpack the car and carry all our luggage and carseats into the terminal...seriously, who does that anymore! It was amazing!! Going through security was not fun, not fun at all...and of course I had everything in a zip-lock bag very organized for the TSA agent to see....but after it was all said and done everything was a huge disarray!!! They ask me how long our flight was to our destination...well goodness, I don't know {holding a wiggle worm in my arms}...she was implying I had packed to much food and liquid for the twins. I was just being the over prepared momma, stressed out about the chances of being stuck out on the tarmac for hours with no food or drinks for my babies. {After carrying all that, I soon realized I had really went over board on packing}.  I had preassigned our seats when booking the flight online, not knowing that we needed to sit in a row with five oxygen masks so on this size of aircraft we had to sit in the very back of the plane next to the bathroom. Now Matt and I are not little people, but I swear those planes were made for midgets and certainly not made for bigger people to sit and hold 15 month old twins....needless to say we were packed in there tight!! And then all our bags and STUFF on top of that it was pure craziness!!!

Our layover in Houston was just long enough for us to grab a bite to eat, find a family bathroom and change the twins, and change our seats for the next flight.  It amazes me...walking through the airport, or sitting at your gate waiting to board, all the dirty looks people give you...."Like are you really flying with your children...oh, goodness I sure hope they don't sit next to me."  It is just sad to me that people react the way they do these days!! The flight from Houston to Atlanta was about a 2 hour flight and the twins both slept most of the way there...very peaceful flight! I will also say that no one is willing to help you with your bags or hold your bag as you are obviously struggling with trying to hold a child, put a backpack on your bag{which was a total is a must have}, and carry another bag in the other hand...not to mention Matt was in the same boat as I was so we couldn't really help each other when these awkward moments happened!! All and all our first experience flying with the twins was great, and will definitely fly with them again....actually very soon! My husband, Matt has a golf course superintendent national conference in Las Vegas, Nevada in a few weeks and the whole family is going!  I promise I will pack less for this trip than last...I learned my lesson not to pack the whole house! 

Vintage Momma


  1. I will give your local airport props. I had to carry all my luggage (which was packed for an entire summer stay in NM), the car seat, the stroller, my boppy, & my carry on. Not a sole helped!!! It infuriated me. Then when I get to the little AA prop airplane the flight attendant refused to help me & then placed my bags under the plane. I held the plane up demanding my bags. She said mam ... those bags are too big for this plane. I politely, with tears streaming down my face told her i knew they were big for this plane, but the next plane that will fly me to Korea where my husband is stationed in the USAF & is protecting your no helping self...well it will fit on that airplane. Thanks for nothing missy!! LOL!! I now help any mom or force Javier to help them when we are traveling...even if my hands are full. Traveling for kids is not for sissies & all the onlookers can kiss it!! LOL

  2. I don't ever mind helping those traveling with children...just take me along when you travel! :) I have noticed that they treat little "old" ladies the same way. If you can't lift your carry on up to the bin you're out of luck! No one will assist the elderly and "near elderly". I almost dropped my bag on a man's bald head; it was so heavy and I couldn't get it up there. God forbid if you are sick or extremely weak. So the moral is...we need to look out for each other in this world, huh?

  3. What an adventure, and you're still smiling at the end! We took our oldest to Hawaii when he was 18 months old and I actually had someone say, "Shut that kid the hell up!" on our trip home. I can't even imagine traveling with two little wiggle worms. I'm happy to see that all in all it was a good trip. I'll see you soon in Vegas. I hope I get to meet those little ones too.

  4. I am traveling with my twins for the first time next month. I am nervous! You made it look easy. So glad your trip was a success!