FLYING WITH KIDS OR TODDLERS?:MUST-HAVES FOR YOUR CARRY-ON
Packing for a flight with kids can get overwhelming. Here, I want to keep it simple with just the 10 main essentials that I have packed for our children flight over flight. These few items are all we take for a mostly stress-free flight with infants, toddlers, and big kids alike.
You will not find busy bags or passengers gifts on this list; sorry. But you will find the 10ish items that have made our flights with kids successful for short flights and long haul flights alike.
Kids and Flying
I love family road trips with our kids. But, I draw the line on road trips when it is going to take longer for us to drive somewhere and back than we can actually spend at the destination. At that point, we FLY!
Our kids have a love-hate relationship with flying. Mostly, they love the airplanes but hate the sitting in a tiny seat, going through security, and being shuffled like cattle down tiny aisles. Me too, kid; me too.
However, after having completed about a dozen flights in the last couple of years, our kids are getting the hang of flying. They are better at security checks, using the seat back screens, and even the waiting-their-turn-to-be-corralled down a tiny aisle.
Bonus: Mommy is getting better at prepping and packing their carry-ons to minimize fighting, kicking seat backs, and all out screaming.
As background, when we fly, we fly with THREE kids. We have flown with infants, toddlers, and young children. So, we feel like we have a few tips for parents flying with any small child.
Carry-ons for Kids
Before we get to what we pack inside a carry-on or personal item on the plane, I want to talk about the kids’ luggage itself.
Our family has used the same rolling spinner bags for years that keep everything organized and are easy for our older children to push, pull, and pack. Easy to maneuver luggage encourages my children to be responsible for their own suitcases.
These American Tourister bags are great for our family because they are all the same size, they come in tons of cute prints and colors for the kids, and they have been incredibly durable.
However, for smaller children I love ride-on suitcases and attachments that do double-duty.
For example, I love Mountain Buggy products. And, the Mountain Buggy Skyrider is awesome for busy parents traveling with toddlers.
I love that there is no extra gear with this carry-on since the seat is integrated into the suitcase. You have enough to carry; save yourself some hassle!