Traveling with kids is no joke, let alone flying with them. Now that we have 3 kids to pack and prepare for, I am constantly looking at tips for flying with kids. Which airlines are ideal to fly with kids and even what is free to travel with. However, since we enjoying exploring new places locally and abroad with the boys I am learning a few things! Besides the automatic need to plan, research has definitely been my friend. I’ve started to get pretty good at what we need to make it especially when flying.
There are great posts like this one that have helped me when I started preparing with the boys for their first flight. It’s important to know that your kids are kids…so this whole bringing snacks for everyone on the plane or gifts is definitely a big no for me. We all have our own idiosyncrasies or anxieties when flying, so to not expect your little ones not to is silly. If anything be gracious to them and yourself!
When flying with the boys we always bring these three things:
- Bring double stroller: Y’all my husband made fun of me initially for bringing one. This was until he realized that we were able to skip some lines in the airport as a result! Bringing a stroller is free, even a car seat is worth it to avoid extra expenses during your actual stay. We use this travel bag for the car seats.
- Pack those Snacks, snacks, snacks: Airport food is already expensive, in addition to the fact that I don’t want my kids always to be stuffing their faces with junk. So I pack snacks to help alleviate the cost along with the boredom that comes along with flying. It usually buys me some extra time while the kids munch on something they enjoy.
- Pack a Survival Kit: Most people share these in their tips for flying with kids. To pack a Hear me out, this is a must. Your survival kit should have a blanket, toy and/or tablet, book, as well as personal spill proof cup for drinks.
Do you fly often with your kids? If so, what are your must-haves when traveling? I’ve found that less is more, because no matter what you’ll probably have at least one meltdown, one moment of exhaustion, and a moment of peace. So instead of packing a million things, bring what you can without a ton of hassle!