Airplane Travel with a Baby

  • Crayons and a small pad or sticky notes
  • Stickers and sticker books (Sticker books have the advantage here; their stickers are reusable if stuck on their specially surfaced pages, whereas a sticker placed on paper is there for good - which is fine, too, but a sticker book prolongs the activity.)
  • Building toys like Legos TM or Duplos TM
  • Paperback books
  • Puppets
  • Tiny plastic animals, cars, or dolls
  • Playing cards (Go Fish or other games that feature interesting cards)
  • Tape or CD player with kid music or books on tape
  • Bib

  • Extra pacifiers, or your baby's lovey, special blanket, or toy

  • A book, magazine, or activity for you when baby is sleeping or playing, should you be lucky enough for that to occur!

  • A small medical kit with bandages

  • Wet wipes for diaper changes and cleaning baby's hands and face

  • Empty plastic bags for soiled diapers

  • If your baby uses a bottle, bring several. It's usually easier to take along premeasured powdered formula and small bottles of water for mixing.

  • A complete change of clothes for baby and an extra shirt for you (spitup and spills happen).

  • Toothbrush and toothpaste for unexpected layovers.

  • If you're traveling as two adults with two children, divide up the children's supplies into two separate bags in case your seats are separated on the airplane.

  • Consider packing toys in a small child's backpack for any child old enough to carry one.

  • A small belt-bag (fanny pack) is handy for tickets, ID, and cash. Wear it on the front of your body, not the back.

  • Test your bag in advance to be sure it's not too heavy!