What To Put In The Carry-On Bag – Packing List For Small Children

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We recently flew with both our children on a rather long cross-country flight and I found myself spending extra time to make sure that our toddler’s carry-on had everything that it needed to ensure a successful flight for all. It came in so handy that Toddler Weekly Flyer had her own little bag and that I didn’t have to worry about anything getting messed up. Toddler Weekly Flyer was able to go in and out of the bag to get whatever was fun at the moment which made for a very happy flight for all!

toddler weekly flyer carry-on

Here is a list of what I found that worked the best:

  • I used a small Vera Bradley Miller bag which worked well because of the size and the many inside pouches.
  • Healthy, varied finger-friendly snacks like crackers, raisins, grapes, pouches etc. As a side note: I did bring gummy bears just in case, but I kept them in my carry-on vs. Toddler WF’s because I wanted her bag to be totally accessible to her.
  • Sippy cup with extra back up drink refills (you are allowed to bring bigger liquids for small children through security.)
  • Crayons, coloring books, stickers, Color Wonder markers and paper.
  • Small toys 3-4, we brought a plastic plane, a my little pony and a princess mirror.
  • iPad or DVD player fully charged and loaded with movies or shows and kid friendly apps – we brought both because the flight was so long.
  • Headphones – preferably the kid-friendly kind.
  • Favorite blankie/lovie or stuffed animal – this is handy when they get sleepy.
  • Change of clothes in case of accident.
  • Couple small age-appropriate books.
  • Wet wipes or antibacterial wipes – I wipe down the surfaces of the plane and use them before snacking.
  • Disposable placemats and bibs.
  • Sweater or jacket.

Bottom Line

I really think that preparation was half the battle getting ready to go on this trip. Toddler Weekly Flyer didn’t cry or fuss once on the 4 hour flight and was happily playing in her own seat the whole way. She had plenty of fun things to keep her busy and content. I think that the variety of supplies in her carry-on bag were key! Happy packing!

Did I miss anything? Is there something that you add to your kids carry-on bags that you find is a real winner?

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The Weekly Flyer writes about travel from a business traveler perspective. He travels the world every week accumulating points and miles along the way.

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