When I travel I like to have everything planned, and this is something you carefully need to do especially when travelling with toddlers. Today I want to share my experience with you, since travelling solo with only two hands and a toddler with an unpredictable temperament can be something really tough to manage if you’re not prepared. And let me say that I totally understand also our little ones, since long hours of flights, trains and the time spent in new places can be something that overwhelm them somehow.
With plenty of preparation, it’s totally possible to execute my flying with toddler tips successfully.Having said that, let’s move to my tips based on my experience as a mum 😊
1. Take the pram on the plane
Trust me here, I fought with the thought of taking another weight with me, especially now that my little is capable of walking. However, you cannot believe the relief of hanging my on it, or when Sophie wants to have a rest and be pushed around the airport. And it can be a life safer when they go for a nap, which is something rarely happened with Sophie, but you never know 🤣.
We usually fly with companies like Easy Jet or British as if you are travelling with a child you can bring two items for free with you. These include not only a pushchair, but also of choice between a travel cot, double pushchair, buggy, car seat, collapsible or non-collapsible pram, booster seat and/or baby back carrier.
2. Snacks. Snacks, snacks, snacks… did I mention snacks?!
Along with little activities, snacks are a way of keeping your toddler busy and happy, especially because you have to choose their favorite snacks. Sophie is particularly travel sick and I found that giving her bland food is the right answer to this problem, so I always opt for like A pain au chocolate (that sounds more like a treat), un-buttered toast, crackers, raisins, dry cereal, yogurt or a fruit.
3. Activities Packs
When I plan my little one’s activities to do at the airport or on the plane, I always think about what my toddler likes, what are her preferences and something is simple and easy to travel with.
Our all time favourite activity are stickers and the one I show you in the picture are my lifesaver in all occasion. I bought them on Amazon and they came in a package of 1000 thousands stickers. Here is the link if you want to have a look 😊
I also bring with us a small fluffy notebook, bought in Poundland at just £1 and I cannot tell you how many times Sophie asks for it. Something so small and simple that keeps her so entertained… Try it and see.
The whole idea of these activities is to reduce screen time which I love. However, I do bring a Lenovo Tablet with us as a last resort, it can be quite handy to get our little ones to snuggle down to sleep, especially for long flight with toddlers. I have Apps like Netflix or BBC iPlayer that I use to download cartoons that Sophie loves like Bing, The Night Garden (so that you can watch them while offline on the plane) or some activities apps.
4. Potty Training Toddler
Sophie is now potty training and when we are out and about there is one ongoing question: where’s my potty? So, after an accurate research online I found this travel potty on Amazon, at £ 19,00.
If you’re travelling with a toddler who’s potty training is important to stop for a last potty break, before boarding the plane. A pre-plane toilet visit means one less trip to the tiny tiny airplane lavatory, that in all honesty is something I want to avoid with my little one.
I really recommend you the travel potty we got from Amazon (click here if want to have a look). As it’s foldable and easy to carry around. For the rest of our trip I always put a nappy, until a safer poo and pee environment occurred. It’s better to be safe than sorry (and stinky🤣).
5. Selfcare tips for Mama or Papa
Make sure you don’t forget about yourself, especially travelling with a toddler on a plane can be double exhausting. So remember to stay well hydrated, take time for lots of leg movements and try to get your head down for a sleep while your little one is. Once arrived, enjoy your destination 😊
Flying With A Toddler Checklist
Below is a Flying with a toddler checklist that you can use.
Would you add anything else to our flying with a toddler checklist? Let me know.