Heading to the airport and flying in general can be stressful, especially in today's world. Constant delays, cancellations, and long TSA lines make for a challenging experience. Adding small children to the mix only increases the stress level. To make your trip as stress-free as possible, make sure to bring along these airport essentials when traveling with small children.
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The first time I flew with my son was in the middle of the COVID pandemic, and it wasn't a fun experience. My anxiety was through the roof. I scoured the internet for all the tips and tricks. Now that it's been a few years and we've taken many flights, the list has changed a bit. It's not perfect - nothing is - but it's more refined and includes exactly what we bring on the plane.
First let’s look at some FAQ’s about flying with children.
can a child bring a carry on?
Yes, most airlines allow 1 carry on & 1 personal item for each ticketed passenger. Definitely check with your airline though because some types of tickets now don't allow a carry on item. For example, if you are flying United, they don't allow a carry on item for basic economy tickets.
can you bring food onto a plane?
Yes, as long as any liquids are under the 3..4 oz. requirement. Grab this Bento lunchbox so you're able to pack some real food for the kiddos. This lunchbox is perfect for traveling because it keeps everything separate.
can you bring your own water bottle?
Yes, as long as it is empty prior to going through security. Once you get through TSA, you can stop & fill it up at any water fountain.
What to Actually Pack in Your Child's Personal Item
Snug Kids Water Bottle
As mentioned above, you can bring an empty water bottle through security. Once you're through, track down a water fountain/filling station & you just saved yourself some $$$.
Belkin SoundForm Mini Headphones
No one and I mean no one, wants to listen to whatever children listen to or watch. For yours and everyones sanity, a good pair of headphones is key to a happy flight.
Apple iPad Air
A tablet is perfect for kids of all ages. They can watch movies, listen to music, read or even play a game.
Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pad
If the littles get bored, these reusable sticker books are perfect to keep little fingers & minds occupied.
Disney Classics Coloring and Activity Books for Kids
Another great non-screen activity are coloring books...pack a few or rip out pages of a few different ones & make your own book.
Bentgo® Kids Prints Leak-Proof, Kids Lunch Box
This 5 compartment, leak proof lunchbox is perfect for traveling.
Food and Snacks to Pack in that Bento Box
What to Actually Pack in Your Personal Item
Babyganics Alcohol-Free Hand Sanitizing Wipes
A must have in anyone's bag lately, especially at the airport.
Boogie Wipes, Wet Wipes for Face, Hand, Body & Nose
These wipes are perfect for littles with a constant runny nose...multi-purpose as you can use them to also wipe clean sticky/messy faces & hands.
Apple AirPods Max
Just like the kids; no one wants to listen to whatever you're personally watching. These are noise canceling and super comfy for long hauls.
Apple 2020 MacBook Air Laptop
A great way to watch a movie or get some last minute work done.
If you are just wanting to try and catch up on some reading then this is the perfect device for you.
Simple Modern Water Bottle
Fill this up after security and you are good to go, plus you just saved some more $$ by not purchasing inside.
Q Portable Charger, Ultra Slim USB C Power Bank
Seriously, never leave the house without a power bank...dead iPad's, & phones are a parents worst nightmare.
Apple iPad Pro
A great all in one device, you can read a book, watch a movie, listen to music, or even work...
Other Useful Airport Essentials to Keep in Your Bag
Flying can be a stressful experience, but it's important to stay as calm as possible. This is especially important when flying with children, as they often feed off of your energy and will react accordingly. By packing these airport essentials, you can help make your travel day as stress-free and enjoyable as possible. So, take some time to prepare and pack your carry-on bag with these items before your next flight.
What are some of your airport essentials that you never travel without?? Drop a comment below and let me know! Happy travels!