Since I recently got back from a trip, I thought I'd share some key items that I packed in my toddler's carry-on travel bag.
I've been traveling solo with my little one ever since he was about 6 months old. He's 4 1/2 now. I must say, he was a lot easier to travel with during the infant stage. At 6 months old til he was about 2, I kept him in an Ergobaby infant carrier (best invention for hands free). I also breastfed during takeoff/landing and he would pretty much sleep through the 5 hour flight. I definitely miss those days. Now that's he's an active toddler, traveling can be a tad bit challenging. I find myself packing a plethora of items to keep him busy during the flight.
For my travel bag, I used my Marc by Marc Jacobs Pretty Nylon Eliz-A-Baby Bag. I've had this bag ever since my son was born & find this particular bag to be great for traveling. It's spacious, durable & quite comfortable to carry around.
What's in my toddler's travel bag?
▫️ Extra Clothes (Shirt, Pants, Sweater, etc)
▫️ Toys/Quiet Activities - I usually like to bring new items that will keep my son entertained and quiet for long flights. Most items I purchased at my local Target.
Here are some apps that my toddler enjoys:
Disney Movie (this app requires Wi-Fi to stream but you can also download your movies onto your iPad)
Endless ABC's, Number's & Reader
Lazoo - Let's Color!
I packed some of my son's favorite snacks + a few special treats. My suggestion in this category is to pack more than you need, especially if your flight is a long one. Unexpected delays, tantrums, etc might occur, so it's always good to be prepared. I also like to pack a variety of snacks, just so he doesn't get bored of the same thing. Here are some snack suggestions:
- Granola Bars
- Fruit Snacks
- Veggie Straws
- Peanut Butter
- Dried fruit (cranberries, raisins, etc)
- Dum Dums Lollipops (these are great to suck on during take off/landing, sucking helps prevent pain in ears due to change in air pressure)
▫️ Toiletries (Toothbrush, Toothpaste, Baby Wipes, Hand Sanitizer, Lotion, Comb, etc)
▫️ Water Bottle
I always make sure I have a bottle of water handy for my son when we're out. Since TSA won't allow liquids, I usually have my son drink all his water before we head in or dump the remaining liquid out. Bottled water at the airport is usually overpriced, so I bring an empty water bottle for my son. I usually just have one of the flight attendants fill it up with bottled water when we are on the plane.
iPad/iPhone charger (most airplanes are equipped with a USB port to plug in your device)
Ziploc Bags (great for snacks, toys, etc)
I hope this helps some of you moms and dads who are traveling with your LO! If you have any other great tips that I didn't mention, please share them in the comments below! Mahalo, Happy Travels! Xo
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