Successfully Flying With Toddlers

The preparation and lead up to our Hawaii vacation was filled with so much anxiety. Six hours, trapped on a plane, a two hour layover, with 5 kids, 2 of which are 3 years old and professionals at tantruming….this is every parents anxiety-ridden worst nightmare. So, I began preparing a little over a month ago. I was going into this flight with all the bells and whistles. It was Steve and I verses the 3 year olds.

Before I go into the items I added to their “airplane backpacks”, I have to say, in order to keep you reading, I might be borderline genius because it ended up being 6 hours of peaceful toddler entertainment. Total and complete success! In the airplane battle of parents verses toddlers, Steve and I dominated!

I bought them their backpacks to start out with. I chose bright and memorable backpacks so that if I lost them in the airport during the layover, they would be easily recognizable and memorable. And also, they are so cute that both of them were obsessed with wearing them.


Unicorn Backpack
Dinosaur Backpack


My Little Pony lunchbox
Transformers Lunchbox

Toddler Headphones 2 Pack

Mini Princesses
Thomas the Train Minis
Wooden Magnet Letters
Toddler crayons
Finger Puppets
Thomas the Train Stickers
Peppa Pig stickers
Polk-a-dot mini notebooks

5 thoughts on “Successfully Flying With Toddlers

  1. Kristaelilee

    Great idea! I am going to be traveling with my two year old soon and I’m planning to bring wonder colors but stickers and a notebook/crayons are also great ideas!

  2. rachelnorcal

    Lucky kiddos! I wish someone would pack a backpack like that for ME. 😆
    We brought TONS of snacks & movies & let ours be “plane potatoes.” 😜

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  4. Enjoyed the post… we have been traveling with our small kids since they were only babies and as stressful it ALWAYS is preparing and planning and even during our journeys with them, the memories are always going to be the best. Happy travels!

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