We recently had an epic family trip to Florida. This was little girl’s first time on a plane. For the most part, the flights were a pretty smooth experience. However, we did learn a few lessons that we will use for future flights.
- Pack snacks. Pack snacks everywhere! I had snacks in our carry-ons, in my purse, in the diaper bag, everywhere.
- Bring a sippy cup or water bottle that you can fill up once you have gone through security. Little girl had her water bottle the entire time and sipped from it pretty continuously. I have a feeling that the constant sipping helped to avoid any ear aches that frequently happen for little kiddos (and grown-ups) on planes.
- Check your luggage. We didn’t and we both agreed that we would check luggage the next time we flew anywhere. Checking luggage will ensure that you have some extra hands for child wrangling.
- Although this can’t always be helped, try to fly during the time of day when you know that your child is calmer. We flew in the evening for our flight down and in the morning for our return flight. The morning flight was far more pleasant because she napped for almost the entire flight.
- And although this also can’t always be helped, try to fly non-stop. If you have a layover, plan on longer than an hour. That way, you have plenty of time to relax/bathroom break/have a snack/walk around/whatever before you have to get back on the plane again. Our flight down had a one hour layover and our first flight was very delayed so we had to run to our connecting flight. No time for the much needed diaper change.
- And, if you are planning on using your car seat we purchased something like this that was great. It was fantastic because we were able to attach the car seat to a carry-on suitcase, strap her into the car seat, and wheel her around the airport.
What tips do you have for traveling with a toddler?