Fox is generally a really good flyer, but it doesn’t come with ease. As parents, we know that traveling on the plane with an active toddler isn’t going to be a cakewalk, but we do have tricks to make it more comfortable for the entire family (and seatmates).
Instead of a cute diaper bag or purse, I opt for a backpack with a divider to keep things organized.
Front pocket: Pacifiers, medication, birth certificate, passport
Inside pocket #1: Coloring books, crayons, talking toy, Magic Writer, Play-Doh, action figure, iPad
Inside pocket #2*: Fruit crushers, Gerber Lil’ Beanies, cheese slices, dried fruit, straws
Top it all off with a travel pillow and blanket scarf (this can triple as cool weather wear, a picnic blanket, and a baby blanket) on top and voila!
*Pro tip: Put everything from inside pocket #2 in large, clear Ziploc bags and remove at security to put in a separate bin. You’ll save a lot of time and your toddler may hold onto patience longer 😉
Obviously the toys and coloring books are helpful, but the snacks we cannot do without. Fox gravitates towards Gerber Lil’ Beanies, which is fine by me since they are baked and not laced with sugar. Rather, they’re made with navy beans to deliver protein, fiber, and Vitamin E. iBotta is offering $1 back with purchase of 1 container of Gerber Lil’ Beanies, click here for more info!
You may also notice that I added straws to the list: Fox is finicky about his sippy cup which causes some issues on takeoff and landing (when your baby should be drinking or eating to reduce pressure in his/her ears). If we bring straws from home and pair them with a water bottle purchased at the airport, Fox is eager to sip and the ear troubles cease to exist!
If you’re wondering where we stock up on snacks and entertainment for the plane: Target.
Is there an item you pack in your bag that helps your child out on long plane rides? Tell me below in the comments!
You are so clever! I would have never thought of the straws for ear pressure! I am saving this for reference for when we travel. My son loves Gerber snacks too. i actually steel some from time to time when he’s willing to share.
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They are so good! When Fox was really small we went to a garden in Nashville that serves wine and cheese and we paired it with puffs hahah!
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