Getting there is the number one stressor for parents of young children. We worry about how to entertain kids for long periods of confinement. We worry how strangers will react to our tired or grumpy child. We worry if the vacation will be worth the sacrifice of getting there and home.
Other passengers are generally kind and supportive—even more so if you and your child are friendly and smartly dressed (black and gray are my go-to travel colors). Consider bringing a change of clothes for you and your child in the event of a spill (young children and portable tray tables don’t mix), along with wet wipes. Then, smile confidently as you board the plane. The TOC Travelpack is a good solution for some mess-free, noise-free entertainment.