leaving wednesday

Posted on: Sat, 07/05/2008 - 12:12pm
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to drive to MD to meet up with inlaws, and friday we leave from there by airtran airways friday for a 5 hr non stop flight to seattle WA. They do not serve peanuts, but I don't know what snack they will have. I know kids get hungry. And I want to bring my own snacks on the plane for him. 5 hrs air time, so probably 6 in total between boarding and de-boarding.
Do I need to have a dr's note for his allergy in order to bring some foods on the plane for him?????????????
Any last minute suggestions for entertaining, snacks etc for a 3 yr old. I have done flights with him before, but there was always a layover so he was able to get up and stretch, but maybe 5 hrs in total with a layover. Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks

Posted on: Sat, 07/05/2008 - 12:29pm
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confirm with airtrans, but usually the question of food on a plane is a matter of airport security, not an airline policy. You can bring all the dry food you want, but liquids are liimited to a quart size ziplock bag per passenger (and no more than 3 oz of each thing - so you can't just stick a jar of sunbutter in a bag). google your airport and it will have a webpage with all the rules - good luck! Once you get through security, you can buy all the liquids you want and take them on the plane, of course, that's expensive and you never know what aiports will have.

Posted on: Sat, 07/05/2008 - 12:30pm
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You do not have to have a doctor's note to bring snacks on the plane. I do not believe you can take any drinks through security though...unless it's in a sippy cup. I have heard the DVD players work well to keep them entertained. When we went to DC, we took chips and fruit roll ups. Not healthy, but it kept her quiet for the most part.
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Posted on: Sun, 07/06/2008 - 4:52am
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Snack ideas:
-Pre-packaged crackers and cheese (check for "may contain" warnings, Ritz probably isn't safe).
-Fruit Roll-Ups or those Sun-Rype Fruit To Go fruit leather things.
-Little Ziploc bags of popcorn, low-sugar cereal (like maybe Cheerios), pretzels, or No-Nuttin' brand trail mix.
-Mini rice cakes (or Rice Thins crackers)
-Peanut-free granola bars (Quaker Chewy is safe, but the Dipps kind, the Yogurt kind, and of course, any blatantly "nutty" varietes, are not).
Oh, and for beverages, would it be possible to just throw some Crystal Light or Kool-Aid Singles into your carry-on bag, and then ask for a bottle of water once you're in the air? That'd eliminate the whole "only 3 ounces of liquids" conundrum.

Posted on: Sun, 07/06/2008 - 5:16am
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I get these bread sticks and cheese dip from the dollar store that are safe.
I love those fruit to go snacks, so does my son, he was eating them all the time at my parents place (I'm origionally canadian), but I get gerber ones now.
I like that idea of crystal light, perfect.. even if I have to buy a bottle of water at the airport, I can use the crystal light with it.
pretzels he used to love, but I guess since it's pretty much the only thing safe when having to do a vending machine thing (aka greyhound bus stations cuz we did by bus to see my parents), that he doesn't care for them much anymore.
He also loves those quaker bars, eating those all the time at my parents, I still have some here (I brought a few boxes back with me), I will have to take some.
Now I'm wondering if I should bring stuff with me for the cruise for him to snack on, cuz I don't trust buffet foods for him, or should I not worry, since he's just a little kid, and won't eat much.
Oh and rice cakes, I can't show him if I buy a bag of them, or else he'll want to eat them all on me.
Originally Posted By: BohemianBrunetteSnack ideas:
-Pre-packaged crackers and cheese (check for "may contain" warnings, Ritz probably isn't safe).
-Fruit Roll-Ups or those Sun-Rype Fruit To Go fruit leather things.
-Little Ziploc bags of popcorn, low-sugar cereal (like maybe Cheerios), pretzels, or No-Nuttin' brand trail mix.
-Mini rice cakes (or Rice Thins crackers)
-Peanut-free granola bars (Quaker Chewy is safe, but the Dipps kind, the Yogurt kind, and of course, any blatantly "nutty" varietes, are not).
Oh, and for beverages, would it be possible to just throw some Crystal Light or Kool-Aid Singles into your carry-on bag, and then ask for a bottle of water once you're in the air? That'd eliminate the whole "only 3 ounces of liquids" conundrum.
thanks for all the tips all of you. Thinking my son just might sleep most of the time on the plane anyways, but have a little doodle pad, and thinking of picking him up an mini aqua doodle. He doesn't have any portable games.

Posted on: Sun, 07/06/2008 - 5:36am
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Please do share your experience with us when you return. We too, will be traveling with the 3 year old for over 10 hours flights. Here is what I am planning, it might help...
Snacks, lots crackers (we do use ritz) and cereals (ask for milk on the flight to go with it),fruits, bread...etc. Tyson now has a vaccuum bag chicken that does not required cooling, I have not tested the taste yet! I also bring paper bowl and plates.
I also bring books and toys she has never seen before, I wrapped them up like gifts to give her an extra "surprise" on board and she gets to open one for each hour and play/read. She likes the activity book so we've got that too.
Traveling with a kid is a pain already and add on the peanut allergy, I know, it's WORK! Safe travel.

Posted on: Tue, 07/08/2008 - 11:28am
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Not sure if you will see this in time before you leave, but when my son was 3 we took a 5 hour flight. On the plane I gave him a leap pad. It is one of those book systems, it can "read" the story to them, play games with them...He loved it! The other passengers were amazed at how well behaved he was.
I am sure the cruise line will be able to help you with what foods are safe for your son on board.

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