For the longest time, I was worried about flying with the girls. In fact, our second took a 5 year break from flying. We thought driving was easier. And, let me tell you 14 hours in the car with four little people is.not.easy!
So, we’ve been flying more! B has been on more flights than any of our other girls. She’s quite the well traveled 20 month old. I like to think I’ve gotten pretty good at flying with little ones, too (a flight attendant even complimented me one time and thanked me for being prepared…apparently, she runs into unprepared parents daily). I thought I would make that easier and give you a list of what to pack when flying with babies.
Thanks to Sam’s Club sponsoring this post, the store has made it easier for me and you to pack for flying with their Baby Month. I was able to pick up almost everything I needed at Sam’s Club and found many of the items even had special instant savings! From Pampers diapers and wipes, to Dreft laundry detergent and kid books I can care for my baby while traveling and once at our destination and keep my budget in check! Our store even had quite the selection of baby / toddler / kid clothes to select.
This is what goes into my backpack for my littles when we fly. It keeps them busy, happy and dry!
Airplanes are hot, then cold, then you need to nurse your baby with a cover or want to give a bottle without distractions. A thin muslin blanket helps with all of those.
I put an outfit or two for all of the littles as well as an extra shirt for myself in a plastic zipper bag. It keeps it clean and dry and I’m prepared for any spills, leaks or accidents.
Snacks / Treats
Pack.all.the.snacks. Seriously. Pack what you think you need and then pack more. I don’t pack a lot of each because it keeps them excited to see what else you have. I pack things they are used to (like Cheerios, fresh strawberries and GoGoSqueez) and then things that they don’t normally get (like fruit snacks and lollipops). Of course, these will vary depending on the age of your little. Puffs might be a good option for a younger baby, too.
Books and toys are good distractions from having to sit still for a couple hours. When they are allowed, we’ve started bringing an iPad mini on the plane, too. There are some great apps that are free and entertaining for babies. Pro tip: If your little one will wear headphones for kids, it might be good to pick some of those up, too.
Diapers and Wipes
This might seem like a no-brainer, but as I mentioned, the flight attendants told me that they daily have parents asking for diapers and wipes. So pack the amount you think you need, and then double it. Or triple it. Especially if you have a connecting flight. You could get stuck in the airport for many more hours than planned so you need to be prepared.
Does your little one have a lovie or a pacifier or something similar? Make sure you pack it. If you have a backup, bring that, too. They don’t sell pacifiers in the airport and if yours are like mine, you pretty much won’t survive the flight without them. We always travel with a handful.
I always bring one of my LILLEbaby carriers, too (B is seen in it above) because it’s so much easier getting around the airport and airplane with your little attached to you.
Have you flown with a little one? What are your travel Must Haves?