If you have plans to go to an air show, you need to read these 20 things you must bring with you. They will be a day saver.
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This past weekend we went to the Smoky Mountain Air Show. It was an exciting time around here because it has been 16 years since there was an air show in this area. Everybody was in a buzz about it. My husband went to air shows as a kid, but the boys and I had never been to one.
Typically, I would have made a well thought out list of what to bring before this event. However, my oldest was sick the days beforehand. So we got ready to leave the house on shotgun notice. My mistakes are your gain though, because I now know exactly what you should bring to an air show with young kids.
20 Things You Must Bring to an Air Show
Because 5 minutes into vendor food, you will need them. Then as the day went on they were a cool treat to wipe across our foreheads and necks.
This seems like a no brainer, I know. But my husband and I don’t typically carry cash on us. So we have to remind ourselves to stop at the ATM for special events. I reminded him, he reminded me, then we talked about it in the truck on the way, and sure enough we ended up in the parking lot of the air show when we realized we didn’t stop for cash. Thankfully, the venue had an ATM on hand, but we did have to pay high fees which is not typically something we do.
3. Sunblock & Lip balm
You will need it. Whether it is March, November, or mid-July the sun will be shining on you all day. Don’t forget to reapply!
4. Stroller or a Wagon
I was unsure about bringing our stroller. Sometimes it is more of a hinder than a help. This was one occasion it was a big help! I heard the many comments as we passed people with multiple kids in tow that they wish they brought the stroller, or that they should get a double stroller. By the way, we love our double stroller! It’s perfect for our oldest and youngest son. Plus, mule packing all the gear that goes along with them. I also saw many people with wagons.
Bring a lawn chair for everyone. Otherwise, you could be sitting on hot cement all day.
Bring a blanket so the little ones can stretch out and play a bit.
We were able to bring water into our air show and they had free refill stations. Check your guidelines, or call the event line to see if this is the case for your air show. We brought a water bottle each and then just kept refilling.
8. Sippy cups
Bring a sippy for the little ones. Much easier than tipping up a water bottle for them each time. Also, if you choose to get anything other than water to drink it saves from any hassles of spills.
9. Snack Containers
Bring a few empty snack containers. Fill them up if you are allowed, usually small children (or sensitive food needs) can bring in their own snacks. Either way, it will be easier to divide up any vendor food using the containers and prevent spills and mess. These are our favorite, no spill snack containers.
10. Ear Protection
Absolute necessity for children. I didn’t use any myself, but most all the children (including ours) had, and wanted, their ears covered at certain times.
I forgot mine. Yup. Bring sunglasses.
Pictures and memories!
13. Pen & Paper
For all those Blue Angel and other air show talent autographs you are going to want to get.
14. Shade tent
Our guidelines stated no umbrellas (they were selling them though, and people had them up). At one point the kids just wanted a bit of shade. So I pup tented our blanket over the chairs to give them some cover, but I wish we had brought our small beach pop up cover to set on the blanket. If it is compact enough, and doesn’t distract other spectators view, I would bring something like this along. Or even chairs with a shade tent. The pop up cover can make a good spot to change baby too, without having to locate and walk to the changing station.
15. Good comfortable shoes
You will be walking a lot. We had a good 20 minute walk in from the parking lot to the venue. So bring some comfy walking shoes. Don’t forget your Fitbit to rack up those steps too! See how you can earn real money rewards from all those steps you will get.
16. Pee Funnel… A What?!
I do not do Port-a-potty’s. It doesn’t happen. No. No. Nuh-uh. Nope. HOWEVER, 7 hours in the heat chugging water like it may never rain again, and I was changing my tune. I waited in the 20 minute line with my 7 year old, both of us doing the potty polka. When it was my turn I went in, attempted to squat… gagged..attempted to squat again.. gagged… and then busted head first through the door (while rearranging all my lady-ness back in place) like a rhino charging out of the wild, shaking my head NO as if I was a crazy person. I then held it in gracefully until we made it home. It’s a distance thing for me, I need my distance. I think this would have changed the game for me. Have you ever tried one?
- P-Mate is a Disposable Urine Director so females can stand to pee!
- No more squatting over public toilet or portapotty.
- Easy to use: just position, pee and toss.
- Easy to transport, folds to fit in a pocket!
17. Hand Sanitizer
After #16 I think we are understood on this one.
There will be lines. Lines for the plane exhibits, lines for the restrooms, and lines for food. Just have patience. Know also that some air shows close the gates to leaving, for security reasons, during certain times of the air show. There were (2) two hour periods where no one was allowed to exit the show, so make sure you know of those times beforehand.
I made sure to go over with my boys about touching and climbing regarding the planes beforehand.
I also discussed with the boys how to address veteran and active military personnel, “Thank you for serving”. They are pretty good about using their “Sirs” and “Ma’ams”, but we did a quick refresher on that as well.
We had an amazing time at the air show. The boys loved it and were such troopers for a long day in the sun. I was awed at the acrobatics and stunts the different aircrafts put on. I actually hollered out a few times when the Blue Angels scared me with their crazy maneuvers. Geesh, Mom! My husband was awe struck by some of the stunning war planes they had on display. It was some good ole’ family fun.
Have you ever been to an air show? What is your experience with them?