With my family in the east coast I’ve traveled with kids quite a bit. We even taken my oldest on an international flight!
After multiple flights, I’ve come up with a list of things to pack while traveling with kids.
Gel Clings: Kids love playing with this cheap toy. We use them on the windows and our tray. They provide a great way to use their imagination and are an easy clean up.
Toys: I buy small $1 Target bin toys through out the year and keep them hidden. They key word to remember is new toys. A new toy is more intriguing then a toy they played with yesterday. Things like cars, games and little dolls are great toys to play with on your tray. If they get lost or break it’s no biggie, since they were cheap to begin with.
Color Wonder Sets: I love these mess free coloring books. What makes them different from washable markers is that these markers only color on their specific pages. As an added bonus we use these masterpieces to give to whoever picks us up.
Pre loaded movies on device: Only after coloring and playing for a while I bring out the iPad. Before our flight, hubby pre-loads a few movies at home. The kids pick a few and I throw in a surprise movie for them also. Sometimes the kids start off by using their airplane screens, but they can be tricky and not user friendly.
Headphones: There is nothing more annoying then listening to a kids electronics on a plane full of people. Bring headphones for your kids. The ones they sell suck.
Snacks: Yes you can buy snacks on the plane, but they are expensive and they don’t have a wide variety. Bring identical snacks for each kid and put them in their own bag (or in a large Ziplock bag). This way the kids don’t need to fight and can mange their own snacks. Also bring a supermarket size bag for their trash. Waiting for the flight attendants to pick up your trash can take a while.
Wipes: Between snacks, boogers and just freshening up, baby wipes are super useful.
Pillow and Blanket: If your kids still nap, bring an inflatable pillow and blanket (and their lovie). The flights can be chilly and uncomfortable so set their nap location if you want them to nap well. I used to lug around a small pillow, but now I prefer to bring/hold less and use this inflatable pillow.
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