Traveling with kids can be a great experience for both you and them. However, with a lot of wait time at the airport terminal, on the plane, and even in the taxi, you’ll want to make sure that you pack everything you need to keep them happy. Here is an easy guide to help figure out what to pack in your child’s carry-on luggage so your travel goes smoothly.
Pack The Essentials
Start by packing some of the same essentials you would pack for yourself: basic toiletries, a first aid kit, and some hand or wet wipes. Pack a spare change of clothes, especially socks and underwear, just in case your luggage doesn’t arrive on time. Try to pack these items at the bottom of the bag, you don’t want your children having to dig to the bottom of the bag to pull out their toys. Also anything really critical, like medications, you should pack in your own carry-on so they don’t get lost.
Provide Some Entertainment
Pack some toys, games, or books to keep them entertained. Try to pick out some things that are entertaining but quiet as to not disturb other travelers. If you pack a device like a tablet for playing games or watching movies, make sure to also include headphones. Also try to focus on toys or games that are compact and lightweight, so they don’t take up too much room. Pack these items at the top or in side pockets for easy access.
Bring A Comfort Item
If your child has a go-to stuffed animal or blanket, make sure to bring it with them. That way if they have a moment of stress, fear, or frustration, they can find comfort in a familiar item. Just make sure that whatever this item is, you attach it to their bag so they can’t lose it. You don’t want to spend your vacation trying to remember where you last saw their comfort blanket
Make Sure To Have Snacks
Make sure to have a selection of their favorite drinks and snacks. Try to pack things that won’t make a huge mess like fruit or chewy granola bars. Avoid anything that leads to sticky fingers or can spill easily. Also make sure to pack some gum. Chewing gum helps release the pressure if their ears start to pop during takeoff and landing. Always make sure to pack water as well, airplane air is very dry and can lead to serious thirst.
Less Is More
Finally, make sure that when you pack their bag you don’t overload it. You don’t want your kids to not be able to carry the bag themselves. Also remember at some point you may end up carrying their bag, so make sure it’s something you can easily tack on to your own carry-on if needed.
Following this packing guide will help make sure that your child has everything they need to make their trip, and yours, truly enjoyable.