10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers

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We flew to Greece with our three mini travellers, when they were 3.5 and 2.5 (twins) and we survived. So how did we do it? We followed our 10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers!

10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers

1. Pack A Picnic Breakfast

We packed a breakfast picnic the night before for the girls. A bag of Grab 2 go cheerios and a bottle of apple juice so the girls felt like they were having crisps and a fruit shoot but the reality was a much healthier breakfast. The healthiness theme does not continue!

Here is a list of 36 Travel Snacks for other ideas!


2. Comfy Easy To Put On Clothes

I laid out all their clothes and made sure they were comfortable and easy to pull on, no buttons. So in the morning they were in their clothes and in the car in minutes sitting eating their breakfast picnic.

3. Book Meet and Greet Parking

Meet and Greet parking and speedy security. Quick and avoids unnecessary queues that all add to stress and boredom levels. Have a look at my other post for more on this.

4. Take a Bag of Treats

A bag of treats. On this day of the year (my view only) rules on treats go out of the window. If the kids are quiet/good/don’t scream they get chocolate/crisps/juice whatever they want really. If a chocolate button works to get you through a tricky situation. Just hand one over.

5. Prepare a Backpack Filled With Goodies

Fill their backpacks with a few new goodies. Mine had a colouring book and pack of crayons. A new reading book. Sticker book. Favourite teddy. These got us through check in, security and take off.

6. Prepare the Kiddies for the Flight

Watching or reading Peppa Pig goes on holiday before you set off. “Peppa goes on a plane mummy. They are exciting mummy. Planes aren’t scary mummy”. Worked for us anyway.

7. Take a Tablet With Favourite Shows On

A tablet filled up with favourite episodes of television programmes. Cbeebies on the I-player is fantastic for this as all the downloads are free. We also took headphones for all 3 to keep them quiet.

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8. Pack a Picnic

Food, food and more food. Another picnic this time for the plane/lunch. You can’t believe how hard it is to buy plain sandwiches for kids in the airport or on the plane. Depends how fussy yours are, but mine like just ham or just cheese. They don’t want a BLT or a steak wrap as nice as these may be.

9. Take Pull Ups

Pull ups under knickers for all three even my big girl who has been trained for over a year. That time after the last wee, boarding the place, taxiing to take off and the seatbelt sign actually being switched off can be a lifetime to a toddler.

10. Be Patient

Enthusiasm and patience. It would help if they sold it in duty free. More useful than some cheap perfume. Fundamentally you need to stay calm and have fun. If you are relaxed then they are more likely to be. Were we? Not really, but the kids had a ball and smiled happily at everyone around us.

If anyone has any other tips to add  to our 10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers we would love to hear from you.

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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!

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30 thoughts on “10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers”

  1. Ohhhhh patience!! 🙂 We love the iPad with everything downloaded from CBeebies, its like magic….for a bit anyway!

  2. I do a lot of these too, definitely the bag thing with a few new books, a drink, now my son is older he gets a pack of sweets in there too and he is absolutely fine! I remember going away abroad with him when he was 20 months and it was just box of raisins after box of raisins, then the hard chocolate stuff for stressful times!! It’s my 15 month old who is the hardest to travel with as she hates the car!

  3. I just posted about travel with toddlers! Must be a theme! These are great tips, I’ve been wondering how to navigate this with my newly potty trained 3 year old. The pull ups are a great idea.

  4. I have to say I pretty much agree with everything you’ve said.
    I found out on a trip last year, where I had to make a connecting flight with my 3 yr old in a very short space of time just how important pull up pants are!
    Oh and wheelie suitcases are great and make for a handy seat, or horse. My youngest kept the immigration line smiling at Gatwick, by pretending the suitcase was a horse and shouting ‘Ride em cowboy!’

  5. Hello all!
    These are great tips! Fyi- If you have an iOS or android device- our interactive storybook apps make fantastic travel companions 🙂 They are downloadable from the apps stores and play without wifi.

  6. Great tips thank you, we use pull ups UNDER pants, easier to remove when you arrive! Also agree iPads and earphones are a life saver. We have started to do a holiday diary and autograph book, useful for taking to school afterwards. Sometimes worth asking if you can go to see the cockpit, usually after you’ve landed!

  7. Such a good idea about the pull ups over pants, also its a long wait when the plane has landed and they don’t let you exit the seat, so I may even though he will have just turned 4 insist he has a pull up over his pants! any tips for a 9 month old? is it ok if I don’t baby wear them on the plane, I also heard about taking the buggy to the airplane and something about making sure you know where to collect it. It will be our first holiday In June, so excited

    • Yes no need to babywear on the plane the only reason for doing so is to give you some hands. You can usually use the buggy up to the airport steps, just make sure you ask them where yo=u collect it from when they are going to give it back to you. Sometimes not until the carousel, another reason a baby carrier is a good shout.


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