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When talking about traveling to other parents one of the main concerns is always how to entertain kids at the airport and during the flight. We are just about to take off on another trip, and so I thought this was the perfect time to share what I pack for my girls on the plane.  

1. Backpacks 

If you’re going on a family getaway, a backpack is a great packing option for the little ones. It can qualify as their carry-on item, allowing your child to bring books and toys. When it comes to buying a bag for kids under four, a toddler backpack is also a fun way to let them be independent and show off their personal style.

Here are some of our favorites: 

2. Twistable Crayons 

If you take one item on a plane, pack twistable crayons. They don’t break easily, they don’t need to be sharpened, and they don’t make kids’ hands dirty. Ideal on a trip!

twistable crayons

3. Sketchbook & Stickers

Robot fans will love this super-shiny sticker and Sketch book, and Unicorn fans will be delighted by the oh-so-pretty Unicorn Sketch Book. These are perfect for important notes, imaginative doodles or for having creative fun with the letter stickers it contains 6 sticker pages and 32 sketch pages. 

4. Workbooks

Jam-packed with hundreds of curriculum-based activities, exercises and games in every subject, the Big Preschool Workbook and Brain Quest Workbook reinforce what kids are learning in the classroom.

5.  Boogie Board

Boogie board is the ultimate electronic writing board. Simply write with the inkless blackboard marker and erase, and one button instantly erases the entire board electronically. It is battery operated so no plugging in, no dust, no messy markers, and no dirty board. Added Bonus: There are a ton of add-ons such as kid friendly cases and cool games. 

6. Lollipops

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We always have lollipops in our hand luggage. Unless your child is old enough to know that yawning alleviates a change in air pressure—or for that matter, what a change in air pressure even means—take off and landing can be brutal if you’re not prepared. Start with something to suck on, and once you level off at 35,000 feet, let the games begin.

7. Headphones

kid headphones

There’s a reason kids can’t borrow your buds: Over-the-ear headphones with an eighty-five-decibel volume cap are best for sensitive ears.  The award-winning Onanoff BuddyPhones Inflight are super durable, and have built-in volume-limiting circuitry that protects kids hearing.

8. Disinfecting Wipes

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Airplanes are filthy places. Disinfect  your child’s airplane seat to boost everyone’s chance of an illness-free vacation. Wipe down all of the hard, nonporous surfaces thoroughly such as the seatbelt buckles, seatback pockets, and the tops of seats (especially aisle seats, since countless people touch them for balance as they walk by in flight each day).
If that doesn’t seem realistic for you  – focus on just wiping the tray table; the average tray table is way germier than a home toilet seat.  I buy a pack of these Seventh Generation disinfecting wipes, and then store some in a plastic bag for easy accessibility throughout our trip.

9. One Set Of Extra Clothes

extra clothes

On the long flights, we also take one set of extra clothes. Try to pack something that would fit any of your kids and avoid having to pack a separate outfit for every child.

10. Sneakers 

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When we travel, we spend a significant time on our feet. Stylish yet comfortable sneakers are a must.  At the high, Golden Goose is known for their unique style and craftmanship. And the best dupe at an accessible price is XinYiQu.

DBM Pro Tip: Prepare for going through security. If  you don’t have TSA clearance, your child will need to remove his or her shoes. Select sneakers that can easily be put on and taken off. 

Looking for new reading material for the plane? Check out The Best Books For Toddlers

tips for flying with toddlers