What to Pack for a Toddler on a Plane
This question is one I get a lot. Our son didn't take his first flight until after his 3rd birthday but in less than 1 year he has taken 10 flights. We rarely check bags so everything we bring must fit in one roller bag and one personal item bag per person. Graham (our 3 yr old) helps us pack his backpack. This is what we bring for him (the specifics change a little but you get the idea.)
- Cars (gets 2 out at a time while on the plane so we don't lose them)
- Water bottle
- Binoculars (random I know)
- Rubber Princess toys for sister (she isn't big enough for her own bag yet)
- Books with LeapFrog LeapReader Reading and Writing System, Green
- Animal toys (these are great for bath toys in the hotel/wherever you are staying)
- Paper and/or coloring book and crayons or those special ink markers are great also!
- Flash cards (not pictured)
We love this backpack from REI because it's the perfect size for him! He rolls his suitcase and carries his backpack most of the time. Sometimes, the backpack is a little much so we help.
In my bag I have an iPad and headphones. We don't allow the iPad any other time, aside from flying, so the funny thing is it becomes the main entertainment. It's our special in-air treat.
Instead of cars switch out whatever your child's favorite toys are to play with (by themselves) and don't pack anything that makes noise! I know several parents who love playdough on the plane (yes, it's allowed) but I find it a little messy. The real trick is to keep it simple, give them options (but not too many.) Happy Flying!
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