Tips For Flying and Traveling with Small Children
Electronics: Airlines now allow the use of small electronic devices such as iPads and iPhones during the duration of the flight, including take off and landing. YAY! Load up some videos, pack the headphones and download plenty of apps! These will be your lifeline. Consider investing in a portable battery backup as well!
Activities: I love the Usborne travel activities! Many of them come with a Dry Erase marker. Pack a sock to use as an eraser!
Here are my favorites below linked from a dear friend's Usborne site. Support another mom and order from her page!
Sometimes I also check out the dollar bins for fun little trinkets and things to keep the kids occupied.
Candy!: Normally, I would never suggest candy, but for kids that normally don’t get candy, this can be a great help during take off and mostly during landing. Gum is not great for smaller children because they usually don’t know what to do with it or may swallow it. I have found that lollipops are the best option for airplanes! The YumEarth Organic Lollipops are my favorite brand! Gummi Bears and M&Ms are also an option for older children.
Note: I’ve tried the ring pops as a novelty for the kids, but they didn’t like the taste that much and they are messy!
Wipes & Sanitizer: Even though my kids no longer wear diapers, I always have a travel pack of wipes on hand when traveling. Great for sticky hands (lollipops!), and to wipe down the tray table, arm rests, seat belt, etc… before you take off. And of course a little hand sanitizer to use throughout your journey. Be sure to pack these liquids/gels in your quart-sized bag for going through security at the airport. (See the TSA rules below.)
Identification: No matter how well behaved your child is, it’s best to be overly prepared. Make sure your child has your mobile number either on a necklace (we have actually ordered dog tags and made them into necklaces!), a temporary tattoo, ID bracelet, or just written on their arm. Tell your child if you are separated to find a grown up with a name tag or a grown up in a uniform and show them the identification with your number.
TSA Liquids/Gels Rules: You are allowed to bring one small bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes through the checkpoint per person. These are limited to 3.4 ounces or less per container. Consolidating these containers in the small bag separate from your carry-on baggage enables TSA officers to screen them quickly.
3-1-1 for carry-ons. Liquids, gels, aerosols, creams and pastes must be 3.4 ounces (100ml) or less per container; must be in 1 quart-sized, clear, plastic, zip-top bag; 1 bag per passenger placed in screening bin. The bag limits the total liquid volume each traveler can bring.