My husband and I are getting ready to go on another trip with our two children (ages 2.5 and 9 months). Here is a list of a the top 10 items I couldn’t live without on a long airplane ride.
1) Snacks (fruit snacks, cheerios, cheese crackers, raisins, teething biscuits, puffs)
This is the #1 go to item I have for my children on the airplane when they are crabby. I have found that a variety is good, and “special snacks” they don’t normally get is also really good for the airplane.
2) Crayons and coloring/activity books
Both my kids love to play with Crayons and paper (even though neither one of them can write yet). I like to take along older crayons instead of brand new ones because we always end up coming home with half as many as we left with. Once they hit the floor of the airplane, they roll…and roll!
3) iPad or phone
My kids RARELY get screen time. This is one occasion that we make an exception, for the benefit of the rest of the passengers too.
4) Ergo carrier
This is the best baby carrier out there. It can we worn for a LONG time without any back pain whatsoever. I like to put the baby in the carrier and use the stroller to store stuff (jackets, bags, water bottles, car seats, etc.). It makes rushing through the airport much easier.
5) Food pouches for baby
These pouches are expensive, but they are great for travel. They make feeding a hungry baby one handed with the other hand pushing a packed stroller possible.
Kids love stickers. My son likes to decorate everything with stickers. It keeps him busy for a long time on the plane.
7) Nursing cover for the baby
It provides a nice little dark safe spot for the baby to nurse. Hopefully, allowing him/her to nap and eat uninterrupted.
8) Play dough
We have made elaborate cities and construction sites with my son on the tray table with just play dough. Entertainment for hours!
9) Favorite books
If your son or daughter loves books as much as mine do, bring a couple favorites along. Especially, if you read a certain book before nap time, this is a must have on the plane.
10) Baby teether
We don’t really bring along a whole lot of toys for the baby other than something to chew on and a few snacks. Babies will have enough to play with on the plane without toys from home…drink cups, lights, magazines in the seat pocket, wrappers, straps on mom’s purse. They don’t really need a whole lot to keep them content, other than something to put in their mouth.