First Time Traveling with the Family During a Pandemic
It’s Different Now
Traveling has changed so much in the last year and we took our first full-family plane trip this last week since the pandemic hit. Let me tell you, traveling with three kids is already an adventure, but just throwing something as simple as a mask into the mix, can really make things more difficult. We traveled to St. Louis for a super special surprise for Jersey! Keep an eye on his channel for the reveal of what we were doing this week!
It’s More Than Just Wearing Masks
So really the only big physical changes that have occurred in traveling are the masks and the attempt at social distancing. Clearly, you can’t always social distance in an airport and it’s nearly impossible on a plane. But, we were all masked-up -including Jersey- and honestly, just wearing the masks wasn’t bad. But, I think in situations like these, there are more mentally and emotionally straining issues.
A lot of people, myself included, have developed anxieties about traveling these days. We don’t get exposed to the virus and we don’t want to spread it. As we know, traveling increases the risk that we all take every day when we leave our house and interact with others. So, when we get into these close spaces with nothing more than a couple of layers of fabric protecting you, it’s hard to believe that, despite the precautions, everything will be ok.
We Had Some Help
We had to just dive in headfirst. Justin has traveled by himself a little so he knew what to expect and was able to prepare me and the kids for the experience. You can see our video about our trip here! We wore our masks, washed our hands, and tried to keep a safe distance from others. The kids were great and kept their masks on and they really didn’t let it get in the way of having fun during the trip. I’m very proud of them and now I know that if we need to travel again in the near future, my family will know how to do their part to keep themselves and those around them safe.
*Bonus Life Hack
Just as a side note, my favorite part of the trip was having groceries ordered while in St. Louis and coming home to find them on my front porch. As a mom, Shipt saved me from the hassle of going to the grocery store after a full day of travel. I highly recommend that you use Shipt to order your groceries -especially when you’re traveling!
How Do You Travel?
So, how do you feel about traveling with your kids? Do you think it’s worth the risk? How do you get your little ones to keep their masks on for that long? Let us know in the comments! Don’t forget to follow the Mighty McClures on Instagram and Facebook. Check out Ava and Alexis’ new channel as well!