Any advice on travelling with the kids in the no-carry-on-luggage era?

We are going to America soon, on a six+ hour flight. And the Canadian transport agency, in its infinate wisdom, hasn’t lifted the no carry-on luggage rule on all flights to the US. And I’m panicking.

Can you imagine eight or more hours (imagine the time from arriving at the airport until the plane lands) with your children with nothing for them to do? They can’t bring carry on luggage, so that means no books, no colouring books, no activity books, no markers, no lego, no toys, no stuffies, and did I mention, no snacks? I as a woman am allowed a small purse, and we can bring a laptop. but that’s it.

My “small” purse will have to contain not just my usual purse stuff (wallet, phone, tissues etc.), but also our three ipods chock full of books on tape for the kids. And our camera, which I won’t put in checked luggage for fear of theft or breakage. And my inhalers (what if the luggage got lost?). And can I fit in a paperback for myself? And one for my son the reader? The battery on our laptop only lasts a couple hours, and there’s no internet on a plane, so it might help a bit but not much.

Apparently I can buy newspapers and books once through security (what a boon for those stores!). And food, unless the strike they announced today by food service workers at the airport is real and ongoing while we fly, not that my airport choices are affordable or very healthy, but it’s better than nothing.

My sole relief is that I believe our flight will have on-board satellite tvs, so the kids will just have to veg out to Teletoon for six hours.

This is completely stressing me out and feeling like an absolute nightmare. I’d welcome any advice or inside information from any parents who have had to deal with this no-carry-on thing already.


One Response to Any advice on travelling with the kids in the no-carry-on-luggage era?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: