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Flying with Children

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We’re hours away from flying cross-country with our three-year-old and one-year old. I hope the other passengers are exceedingly gracious. God knows these two don’t have a good grasp on still or quiet.

In attempts to keep them calm and happy, we’ve packed an exciting backpack of goodies.

If you’re about to fly with kiddos, here are a few ideas:

  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Books!
    • We love these two flying-related books – Planes Fly! by George Ella Lyon and Flight 1-2-3 by Maria van Lieshout.
  • A blanket
  • Craft ideas – for our three-year-old we packed some lace and trace animals.
  • Games – Go Fish, Memory, Old Maid and any other travel-able games. We found a travel Connect 4 at Renys.
  • Magnetic books – We’ve got Let’s Build packed along with us, but there’s endless options.
  • A small container of small toys – cars, small animals, etc.
  • Snacks (of course)! Along with some squeezable apple sauce and animal crackers, we packed some dum-dums to give the kids during take off and landing, hoping it’ll help their ears.

Other tips for flying with littles:

  • Car seats and strollers check for free!
  • You may need a copy of a birth certificate as identification, although the requirements vary by airline.
  • If you bought a seat for a child, they get all the baggage allotments, too. Let them carry some of their own stuff in a backpack! And if they are flying in your lap, you can carry on an extra diaper bag in addition to your normal carry on items.
  • Keep calm and carry on.

What do you bring when you travel with kids?

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