‘Tis the season for busy airports and long lines. I’m sharing 7 must have items to help you survive flying across the country with an antsy toddler!
Thank you to CVS for partnering with us.
Lydia is three years old, and we’ve flown across the country 8 times. I have to admit, flying with her as an infant was much easier than I expected. Flying with a toddler? Now THAT is a bit of a challenge. Toddlers love to move, and don’t love to be confined. So a long flight? Can be a bit of a struggle.
Bring NEW toys: No need to buy anything expensive. I’ve been hoarding matchbox cars, a new magic pen coloring book, and a magnet book. I’ll be pulling them out every hour or so on our flight (just when things start to get tense).
Change of Clothes and Layers: Pack a change of clothes and layers for both your toddler and YOU. Things happen (spills, air sickness, diaper leaks)…..and no one wants to sit in uncomfortable clothes for the remainder of a long flight. I normally pack leggings and a tunic….they’re light and roll up for easy packing.
A Water Cup with a Straw: During take off and decent, your toddler’s ears will ache and pop. Infants can always nurse or drink a bottle…..but toddlers are too young for gum or hard candy. Our solution? An insulated cup with a straw. Encourage your toddler to swallow by providing a drink they like (for us it’s milk since my toddler is strangely anti-juice).
Neck Pillow and Blanket: We often fly during Lydia’s nap time. In a perfect world, she’ll actually SLEEP during that time. A neck pillow and soft blanket will help to encourage sleep. Don’t we all sleep better when we’re comfortable?
Hand Sanitizer and Wipes: Planes are germ filled. That piped in air? And everyone touching EVERYTHING? For your own peace of mind, wipe down the entire area before the flight takes off. And bring extra wipes for spills and accidents.
Their Own Suitcase: Fill a small suitcase or backpack with your toddlers favorite items and activities. Let them bring it as their own carry own.
Snacks: A hungry toddler (or hungry mom) makes traveling torture. Prepare by bringing your favorite snacks and your toddlers favorites (don’t depend on the airport vendors). For Lydia, we always pack crackers and a couple granola bars. For me? I’m packing my new snacking obsession. CVS Pharmacy’s exclusive snack line, Gold Emblem, just launched 3 limited edition cashew flavors (Thai Spice, Coconut and Dill Pickle). They’re delicious, and perfect for on the go snacking (plus I love that I can grab them easily while picking up the other supplies we need at CVS).