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10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers

Recently we flew to Greece with our three mini travellers, who are 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!

Tip 1 for Flying with Toddlers:

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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!

Tip 2 for Flying with Toddlers:

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.

Tip 3 for Flying with Toddlers:

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.

Tip 4 for Flying with Toddlers:

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.

Tip 5 for Flying with Toddlers:

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.

Tip 6 for Flying with Toddlers:

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.

Tip 7 for Flying with Toddlers:

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.

10 Top Tips for Flying with Toddlers

Tip 8 for Flying with Toddlers:

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.

Tip 9 for Flying with Toddlers:

Pull ups over 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.

Tip 10 for Flying with Toddlers:

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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29 Comments

  • Reply
    You Baby Me Mummy
    27th September 2014 at 1:45 pm

    These are great tips. I would never have thought of pull ups for potty trained children but it makes so much sense. Thanks so much for linking to #TheList x

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      Mini Travellers
      28th September 2014 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks, it just sets your mind at rest.

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    ToInfinityAndIVF
    3rd October 2014 at 9:02 am

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

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      Mini Travellers
      3rd October 2014 at 11:18 am

      I LOVE the ipad!

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    Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    3rd October 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Enthusiasm and patience?! That’s where I’ve been going wrong 😉 We lived abroad for seven years and I took a few flights back to the UK on my own with a baby and toddler. I fear that I am now scarred for life.

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      Mini Travellers
      4th October 2014 at 6:38 am

      He he yes lots of patience

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    Ruthy @ Minibreak Mummy
    3rd October 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Great tips!

    I used to find it challenging enough to travel with one toddler (he’s 6 now), so I’m really impressed that you manage to travel with three of them!

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      Mini Travellers
      4th October 2014 at 7:14 am

      ha thanks

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    ghostwritermummy
    3rd October 2014 at 6:29 pm

    These are great tips. I wish we’d seen them when we flew to Florida. My son was 18 months at the time and we had a nightmare!! x x

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      4th October 2014 at 7:14 am

      That’s quite a lot longer than our flight though!

  • Reply
    LeeLeeLoves
    3rd October 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Loving these tips, we hope to go away next summer once we have our little one, who would be 6 months by then. Everyone keeps telling me it isn’t going to happen!! 🙁

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      Mini Travellers
      4th October 2014 at 7:14 am

      It will happen. Lots of reviews on the site of happy holidays with little ones

  • Reply
    Julia @ rainbeaubelle
    3rd October 2014 at 7:39 pm

    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!

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      Mini Travellers
      4th October 2014 at 7:14 am

      it can be tricky when they don’t really understand the treats system yet

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    3rd October 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for linking this again to #TheList I am sure it will be helpful to lots of people x

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      4th October 2014 at 7:13 am

      thanks

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    Expression and Confession
    7th October 2014 at 10:11 am

    Brilliant- we’re thinking of travelling abroad with the children for the first time next year so I’ll bookmark these tips!

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      7th October 2014 at 10:24 am

      Thank you, I’ve just found this in spam so sorry for the delay

  • Reply
    Chris Bull
    11th October 2014 at 11:35 pm

    Great tips, thank you 🙂

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    Sam
    17th March 2015 at 8:16 am

    Fab tips. I’ll be trying these when we head off to Mexico next year. Really quite nervous about 4 small children on a plane for 10 hours

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    Tin Box Traveller
    14th May 2015 at 12:33 pm

    I love the Peppa holiday video idea and the pull-ups over pants idea is genius. Making a mental note for next time we get on a plane! 🙂

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    Kacie
    29th May 2015 at 5:19 am

    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.

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    Kat | Beau Twins
    12th June 2015 at 12:53 pm

    Such fab tips! I can’t wait go take my two abroad. Xx

  • Reply
    Kath
    17th July 2015 at 4:18 pm

    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!’

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    The Happy Dandelion
    17th July 2015 at 4:35 pm

    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.

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    Mummy Time Out
    10th July 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Nice tips esp pull ups over pants! Thanks for this as I’ll need it this summer for our 18MO and 3YO!

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    Jane Self
    29th April 2018 at 8:31 am

    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!

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    SHIRLEY BROWNING
    10th May 2019 at 11:53 pm

    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

    • Reply
      Mini Travellers
      11th May 2019 at 10:19 am

      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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