Flying with kids was seriously my worst nightmare. Sitting next to them, sitting behind them, and uh oh - actually flying with my own! Up until this point we didn't have a need to actually have her board a plane, but with our recent plans to fly out to North Carolina this was obviously in the works.
My daughter is now 5 years old and actually, really well behaved. But as we all know our children, this isn't always the case. We were taking off from California to North Carolina, however, we knew we had at least one (possibly long) layover. So needless to say, it was going to be a long day!
I did a lot of pre-planning and packing to make sure the flight was as smooth as possible and she had enough entertainment for a 10+ hour round trip flight.
In her backpack I packed:
* Favorite non-perishable snacks, also keeping in mind anything that might sit funny in a possible upset or uneasy tummy.
* Favorite "babies" that are her comfort stuffies, and a few others that would possibly entertain her for a while.
* A new small set of LEGOS to keep her focused and entertained for some time, which, by the way, was a life saver!
* A non-spill empty sippy cup, we later filled with water once we were past TSA.
* A small soft blanket - used for the obvious, but also came in handy to place over the tray to keep the LEGOS from slipping.
* An extra change of clothes for accidents of any kind plus an easy zip-up sweater.
* IPad with new (ie: *exciting*) headphones - keep in mind, I kept them in the box because even opening the box killed time and prolonged the experience.
* Coloring book / crayons / sticker pack.
I hope these little tips help you when planning a trip with your pre-schooler. London did really well, loved the Legos and had a great time on her first "rocket ship". What are some of your favorite tips?