1. Bring a tablet. My daughter Bella has a Leap Pad and I would give it to her to play with along with extra batteries and several other games. You can also download more games online. It’s by far the best thing I had brought for her. If you fly with Delta you can also bring her some headphones cause on the long flights each person will get their own television and it has their own kids section for the kids to play games and watch movies. You can also bring your own tablet and put games and movies on it.
2. Bring extra changes(sss) of clothes. Bring several. You wouldn’t believe how many things they will spill on themselves. Plus you never know if they will have potty accidents. With so much going on sometimes kids will loose track of when they really have to go to the bathroom and have a small accident.
3. Lollipops! You are probably thinking, “My kid don’t need any sugar to hype her up.” But this is where you are wrong. Letting them such on a lollipop helps them with the air pressure that they get in their ears. My youngest, Isa, was crying and the minute I gave her a lollipop she felt better and she calmed down. It worked like magic.
4. Bring snacks. I can’t stress this enough. They will drive you nuts if you don’t give them something to snack on. My daughters get bored and start asking for snacks and on a 10 hour flight who doesn’t get bored and hungry. I brought animal crackers and other healthy snacks. You can bring trail mix or granola bars. Whatever works for you and your kids best.
5. Drinks. Yes it can make your security process a little longer but if you have infants it’s good to buy the already made formula (if you don’t breastfeed) and juice boxes for your toddlers. I used a soy Enfamil formula for Isa like she was 1 1/2 years old on our last flight and though she nursed she also liked to use her sippy cup so those milks really were a life saver during the flight.
6. Wipes is a must have on a long flight with little ones. Napkins will not do the trick when it comes to cleaning their dirty hands and nose, spills, and other messes that typical kids would make. Like I said before, you would be surprised at how much of a mess little kids can make with the least amount of stuff.
7. Fly at night. Yes!!! When you book your flight try to get a night flight that way your little ones sleep most of the way. If they sleep, you sleep too.
8. Bring a small rolling carry on to put it all on. Yes we did the mistake of using a shoulder bag and a book bag and I regret not using a roll on one. It would of made my life so much easier. Trying to carry one kid and bags is just to much for those tiny aisles.
10. Don’t bring a purse. I just put all of my stuff in my carry on and left my wallet in a handy area that was easy to grab when in the airport. I also had a small little pouch where I put my chapstick, eyeliner, mascara, and feminine items in. The less you bring the better. Plus now all the extra space your kids occupy it with their stuff. #momproblems 😛
11. Last but not least. Dress comfy. I wore yoga pants and a tank top and brought along a sweater. I also wore sneakers and brought an extra pair of socks and wore my most comfiest bra. It’s a 10 hour flight. You don’t want to be trying to handle your little ones with some tight clothes on for that long. I’ve seen people do it but I like to be comfy on my trips so I wear clothes that I can sleep in. I’m not trying to dress to impress but dress to be a mom and deal with spit-ups, spills, and any other mess my kids make. Plus if I get to have a few hours to nap on the plane with my little ones, I want to snuggle them and be comfy for them too.
I’m sure there’s more ways to make your trips much easier but these are some of the few things that helped my long flights be better. I know that the more I travel with my children the more I will learn. If you have any other tips or tricks for making long flights easier for you and your little ones, feel free to share them below in the comments. I would love to learn new things as well as others. 😀
I just watched how my dear friend Dawna traveled with her toddler and here’s a few of the things that they used during their flight.
12. Window clings to help keep her baby girl distracted from the boredom that comes with long flights.
13. Snacks in a container making it fun for her little one to pick and choose her snacks.
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Some of the items I used can be purchased below.