Travelling with Your Toddler Preparing for the Flight Ahead
There are several things you will want to consider before taking your toddler on their first trip by plane, such as what should go on your traveling checklist, what to pack, and how to avoid airport tantrums. Below you will find information on these three topics.

Traveling Checklist

Here’s a list of the things that you’re going to want to pack:

Diapers (pack extras in case your flight is delayed)
Diaper changing pad to place under your toddler when changing (you can opt for disposable ones if available)
Wet wipes
Plastic bags to store soiled clothes, diapers and shoes
Disinfecting hand gel
Tissues
Blanket(s) 
Toys and books to keep your toddler entertained
Sippy cup or water bottle to make sure your toddler remains hydrated
Washable bibs
Snacks to forestall hunger-related crankiness
Collapsible stroller in case your toddler gets tired of walking or you get tired of carrying them while at the airport

Packing Tips

Any trip requires a bit of forethought when it comes to packing, particularly trips that involve young children. Here are a few tips on what to pack and how you should pack it to make your life a bit easier when it’s time to move:

Begin packing a few days before you travel to make sure you have everything you need.
Bring along a waterproof diaper bag with a shoulder strap.
Keep your toddler’s clothes in one suitcase so you can find them easily.
Pack an extra shirt for yourself in your carry-on in case of messes.
Pack medicines and toiletries in re-sealable plastic bags to prevent leaks.

Take your camera and camera charger (or plenty of film) with you.


Preventing Airport Tantrums

No one wants to have to deal with a full-blown tantrum in public, let alone one at an airport. 

Here are a few tips on how to keep your toddler complacent when traveling by plane:

Maintain your normal routine as much as possible. This includes providing snacks and allowing for naps around the same times your child is used to having them. If you can, try to travel during off-peak seasons when airports are less crowded and not as intimidating.

Bring along lots of toys and entertainment. Pack several of your toddler’s favorite books, toys, and comfort items such as a favorite blanket or stuffed animal. Make sure that the toys you bring don’t make much noise in order to avoid disturbing fellow travelers.

Have your toddler wear a backpack if they’re old enough. Make sure that the backpack is small and light, and allow your toddler to pack their favorite items in it. Toddlers can find great pleasure in the simple act of unzipping, pulling out and returning different goodies from their very own bags.

Explain to your toddler what is expected of it ahead of time. Let them understand that the trip will involve a good deal of sitting and quiet play time.

Try to get window seats. Letting your toddler enjoy the view will keep them entertained for a while and can be educational.

If possible, opt for a non-stop flight. By doing so you’ll be eliminating the hassle of having to take connecting flights and getting off at different airports.

Remember that you’re in charge. As the adult, it is your responsibility to keep things from getting out of hand, and you can do this by gently, lovingly and firmly guiding your toddler’s actions and trying to make the whole experience an enjoyable one for both yourself and your tot. Don’t let the small things get to you.

Label your toddler. Tag your toddler with an ID bracelet in case you lose sight of them at the airport. Write down your child’s name, your name, your destination, your home address, and your phone number on the bracelet.