My Top 20 Must-Have Items for Airline Travel With Babies and Toddlers
In my latest post, “Ask The Baby Expert,” I wrote about tips and tricks for airline travel with babies and toddlers. I mentioned so many of my favorite products, whether it be for safety, snacks, toys or gear for surviving the trip wth little ones. So I did some shopping for you! You’re welcome! 😉
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My top 20 must-have items for airline travel with babies and toddlers…
Make sure your children have identification and medical records on hand like immunizations and allergies. My daughter always wears a cute heart-shaped dog tag with her name on the front and my name and cell number on the back.
If you need to add allergies or medical emergency information, these ID bracelets allow more lines of text.
If it’s in your budget, you can buy a mini GPS tracker.
I also recommend a toddler backpack with a harness and leash if your toddler is the wandering kind.
Remember all liquids have to be 3.5oz or less except formula and medicines. Plum Organics has squeezy food in 3.5 oz pouches. Most pouches are 4 oz.
You don’t want to bring mashable cracker-type foods that make big messes. Save the candy for “emergency situations.” Suckers and honey sticks are great for landings when the little ones are complaining about their ears. DO NOT GIVE HONEY TO BABIES 12 MONTHS OR YOUNGER. Pacifiers, breast or bottle are best for babies when they can’t clear their ears.
I like these reusable snack containers as well.
You must be smart and strategic when you pack entertainment for the plane. Markers roll off tray tables and legos get lost. Toys with magnetic pieces in magnetic tins are great. So are magnetic drawing boards. Books pack best with soft covers. Make-up stories with finger puppets to pass the time! If you bring electronics that make noise, please bring headphones!
If your flight is several hours, during naptime or late at night, you’ll definitely want to bring a pillow and blanket. This lowers the chance of you becoming everyone else’s pillow. 😉
I love these backpack/suitcase sets. They are hard shells so things don’t get smooshed. My daughter has the ladybug version of this set. She carries her own stuff in her backpack on short trips or in her wheeled suitcase on long trips with layovers.
Car seat bags are a must when you are checking the car seat. The newer ones have backpack straps and extra compartments to cram stuff in since car seats check for free. If you are going to use the car seat on the plane, you won’t regret getting a car seat transporter.
If you are going to use the car seat on the plane, you won’t regret getting a car seat transporter. You don’t have to carry the child or the seat through the airport…double bonus!
I highly recommend water bottles for each traveler. You can’t bring liquids through security and you don’t want dehydrated, constipated, or thirsty little ones sitting next to you for hours on end!
And of course, the portable potty seat. Keep it in a ziplock bag. You don’t want a toddler “holding it” because they’re scared of the big, dirty public toilets.
That rounds out my Top 20 must-have items for airline travel with babies and toddlers!
If you haven’t already, make sure you read the “Ask The Expert” post on “How do I survive airline travel with a baby or toddler?”
It’s packed full of tips on preparing, packing, feeding and entertaining your children while you maintain some socially acceptable level of sanity!
Do you find this list helpful? Are there any veteran travelers out there with other suggestions? Please, leave your comments below. We would love your feedback!