First Plane Ride


This Saturday my son and I are taking our first trip together, just him and I, to North Carolina to see my sister, her daughter and her new baby girl!  Not only are Don and I incredibly excited to visit my sister and his 4-year-old cousin, but this will be Don’s first trip on an airplane!!

My son is 4-years-old.  I made the decision not to travel with him by plane until now for a few reasons.  First up, I admittedly did not want to be that mom…the one whose baby is screaming and everyone is looking at them.  I could not move beyond the image of an anxiety ridden flight with me sweating and overwhelmed.

The second reason roots back to my own experience taking my first flight. I was 9 so I remember it so vividly because it was so incredibly exciting and I wanted him to be old enough to enjoy the experience.  I’m genuinely thrilled to get to share this with my son this weekend.  He has been telling his teachers and friends about this trip for months and I cannot wait to see the look on his face when we enter the airport and I get to hear what he has to say about his first flight.

There aren’t many more reasons that we waited to travel by plane, except the obvious one of cost.  Once Don was past 2-years-old and we learned we would have to pay for separate ticket we were pretty shocked. Flying is obviously expensive, so I feel very fortunate that we have this opportunity this weekend.

I’m interested to know if others waited to fly with your children or if you started from baby age? Fingers crossed for safe travels and a happy boy!

7 thoughts on “First Plane Ride

  1. Pack a variety of snacks in small plastic bags. When I traveled with my 2 boys, they always were interested in using the tray table. My husband still asks what I’ve packed for plane snacks even though my sons are in their twenties.

  2. We’re hoping to take my son on his first flight early next year, just after he turns one. We’re not waiting for any particular reason, other than the opportunity just hadn’t come up until then. My first flight was when I was about 3 years old. I don’t recall the flight at all, but my next flight I do and even knowing I’d been on a plane before didn’t deter from the excitement of flying for the second… third…fourth time. 🙂 Have a great trip! Oh – and definitely something for him to suck or chew on during take-off for the ears.

  3. We fly all the time with the kids…and we’ve had mixed experiences, haha. Nate’s first flight was at just under three months old, and Josh’s was at around five months old. Even after something like 15 flights, Nate STILL gets so excited about it. Hope Don loves his first plane trip! Four is a great age for it!

  4. I flew with my daughter a few months ago and it went much better than I expected. Good luck! Hope all goes smoothly!

  5. I didn’t really have the option because our families are all in Florida, so my kid has been flying since she was three months old. I suggest a hard candy or something like that for him to suck on at take off and landing so his ears will pop. Snacks always work well to keep our little one entertained on the plane. We’ll be flying with an 11 month old and 3 1/2 year old in December so please share your experience!

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