Flying with a toddler? Try these tips, tricks and ideas to make your trip easier!
I recently took my newly-turned two year little girl on her first plane ride. She joined her sisters and me for a girls' trip out west, and none of us could wait to go! I've flown plenty of times before, but it had been awhile since I had a toddler with me since now there are eight of us, we do most of our family traveling by car.
I think toddlers are in general the hardest age to travel with, but especially flying. Not that they aren't perfectly adorable in every way, but they are at a age where they want to be down, running, and moving, and a plane is probably the most limiting. When you're in a car, you can stop and stretch little legs and take a break, but that's just not always possible on a plane. That said, to make it as easy and stress-free as possible for both toddler and parents, it's good to have a game plan, and plenty of tricks up your sleeve for the trip.
For our own trip, I had a few new ideas I wanted to try, and some others I had done in the past, but I also asked my awesome Facebook readers for their ideas. They did not disappoint, and I knew I wanted to share them with all of you! When it comes to entertainment, obviously you can't take everything, or try every single idea, so I suggest choosing ones that you think your toddler will enjoy the most, or what they might need the most, and start there.
ITEMS TO BRING:
These are things that are important to have with you…just in case! These are the “must-haves” for me! Some affiliate links included.
-Wipes: Can you ever have enough wipes? Seriously. I think I buy more wipes than anything else. These are great for messes, dirty fingers, sticky faces, and surfaces that you want to wipe down before your toddler touches them.
-Extra clothes & diapers (twice as many as you think you’ll need): Every time I don’t bring extra, I need them. It’s Murphy’s Law, right? Now I always bring along more than I think I’ll need, and I’ve never been sorry that I did. Only sorry that I didn’t. :)
– Disposable Placemats and disposable bibs: When you’re going to be using a disposable bibs more than once while you’re traveling, it’s just SO nice to be able to throw it away! No trying to wash it, clean it, or stuff it in a plastic bag to save for washing later. Disposable Placemats come in handy on the plane, but also in airports.
-Blanket: I think planes always get cold–and I’m normally really hot! It’s just nice to have a blanket for so many reasons, and I always make sure I take one along. Usually it’s a lighter blanket that makes it easier to pack, but it depends on the weather both coming and going.
-Something chewy for takeoff: Licorice, chewy candy, even their sippy cup works!
-Sippy cup: Bring it empty to the airport, and once you’re past security you can fill it up with whatever you like. Flight attendants have always been helpful to fill them up as needed on the plane.
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