Now that summer is nearing an end and we've completed most of our big trips of the year, I can't help but think back and notice a few patterns in my thought process when preparing to travel with my young child. While the thought of taking my two-year-old son on an airplane sends shivers down my spine, guys, let me tell you, we have still managed many trips with him. It's not impossible to travel great distances with children, I can assure you.
My son has been on more overnights than I can count, though we've had the distinct pleasure (*cough*) of going on all of them by car. Not that I have anything against flying, but I like taking, oh, pretty much everything we own with us when we travel, just in case my son will need something specific while we are away. I mean, what if he needs that one nighttime book that we actually haven't read together for two weeks? Checking that many bags would be nothing short of mind-numbingly expensive, so driving, for us, works.
So far, I can't say whether or not this method of travel has actually helped us more than booking a flight would, but no one that we've visited has disowned us (yet) so it seems to be serving it's purpose. The logic behind, "OMG let's pack everything we own," is merely a small representation of the planning and preparation that's required when traveling with small kids (or, at least my small kid). Here's a sampling of the other thoughts that occur, because you can never pre over-prepared.