I have been travelling internationally my entire life. Depending on the duration of the trip and whether kids are travelling determine what goes and what stays. With every passing birthday the footwear changes and heals become flats or wedges. With every kid, carryon baggage gets stuffed with games, toys and &#@%, just to keep the kids happy while flying and of course for those moments when they announce “ I’m bored”.
Anyone who has ever had to go through security with kids, knows how brutal and time-consuming it is. Think of the worst thing that could happen to you before boarding a plane, and I bet it’s happened to me.
Summer 2018, We are boarding our return flight in Amsterdam. Yours truly gets randomly selected for a more thorough inspection. Whoopie!
I am holding the carry-on bag filled with the kids Nintendo DS’s and all the video game cartridges. The attendant at airport security gets some wet wipe and runs it across the game consoles. Bells go off. Somehow, I have managed to set off a double alarm warning. They sound the alarm twice, just in case no one heard the first one. Ah, how thoughtful.
Instantly my family is separated from me. My kids are crying, Ivan is irritated, and I’m super confused. The police show up, take my passport, and then the bomb handler shows up with a bomb sniffing dog. I’ve always wondered what it would be like to travel like a celebrity with police escorts.
The dog, (who is super cute and playful), is brought to sniff me and my carry-on bag. He’s not responding to any explosives…hmmm, is it because I’m Not a terrorist? The Bomb Specialist was sweet and tells me this isn’t uncommon with video game consoles produced in the USA.
After entertaining the rest of the passengers boarding our flight, I’m free to go. Lesson learned, leave the video games at home.!
Sadly, “misunderstandings” are not that foreign. Thankfully, I walk away with a lesson in what to pack and what is best left at home.
This is our family’s packing checklist for summers in Croatia. I recommend checking with your airline carrier before traveling to confirm the maximum number of allowed bags and the maximum number of weight each bag is permitted.