Who is counting down the days to Memorial Day? Me too! 🙋🙋🙋 I am so in need of a long relaxing weekend.
In my last post, I talk about Tony, Cooper and I heading to Arizona for the long weekend to spend time with family. That post was all about keeping your sanity when flying with a toddler, especially when you’re doing it alone.
For helping our boys keep their sanity while traveling, we’ve found a few super simple things that tend to work over and over. (I really hope I’m not jinxing our next trip!) I’ve also linked a few articles with more great tips for traveling with Littles below.
Traveling with a Toddler
1. Pack a Special Travel Bag
It can be so fun for kids to have a special bag of their own to carry. Fill it with lots of fun (but not too heavy) surprises.
- I try avoid anything too sugary. Lara Bars, squeezy packets, goldfish crackers, those cute little mixed nut bags from Trader Joe’s and Justin’s almond butter packets are great options.
- Mess-free markers
- Change of clothes
- Like I said in my other post, I like to be prepared for vomit, blow outs and the like, so I always tuck in an extra set of clothes for the flight. Let’s just say the one time I decided not to, Coop and I both smelled like baby puke for an entire flight. 🤢
- Kid friendly headphones and media device (if you’re into the sort of thing)
- These apps have been huge hits for Cooper
- Check out these lists with more suggestions:
- Light blankie
- More snacks
- Carrier – I was lucky that Cooper was small enough to be in the carrier for quite awhile. Being close to me on the flight helped him relax and fall asleep quickly. I would definitely recommend bringing it if your child will go in it. It’s also great for moving through airport walking traffic quickly.
- Plastic bags for garbage and any wet or ‘soiled’ items
- Wet wipes (you can also use baby wipes if space is limited)
- Hand sanitizer
2. Fly During Nap Time
We try to plan travel around nap/nighttime sleep schedules so we’re using the natural sleep cycles to our advantage. Typically, this means flying just before nap time/bedtime so we can spend an hour or so in the terminal running around (see bullet below) . By the time they’re settled in their seat, they’re tired and ready to close their eyes.
3. Get The Wiggles Out (aka wear them out) before the flight
A few laps around the terminal does wonders for a toddler’s energy level once they get settled into their seat on the plane. If you’re lucky (and the stars have aligned just right), they might just snuggle in and take a lonnng nap (a momma can dream).
4. Board Last
Unless you have a carry on, which, let’s be honest, would be a miracle with all of the gear necessary for life with toddlers, plan to board last. The hardest thing about flying for kids is being in a confined space. Boarding first extends the time they’re confined. It also means you may have to get up and down as other passengers find their seats.
Check out these articles, too:
Barefoot Blonde: 10 Things To Do Before the Flight to Make Traveling with Kids More Enjoyable
The Pragmatic Parent: 9 Genius Tips to Make Flying with Kids a Breeze
Mighty Moms: Keeping Your Toddler Happy on the Plane (The Mary Poppins Way)
Our Next Adventure: What to pack in Your Carry OnWhat are your tips for flying with your Littles?