Flying (Internationally) with a Toddler


Are you guys going anywhere for the holidays? We are planning to be away for a short while, and we are going to be taking Olive on an international flight. Ohmygod, you guys, I am petrified. She’s been on the plane before, but I’m really nervous about this one because of the length of time we’re going to be on the plane.

To prep her for the trip, I’m reading her lots of books about being on an airplane, and what it’s like to fly,  where we’re going, and why we are going. She really has taken to these books :


Flight 1, 2, 3

My First Trip on an Airplane (Growing Up).

Now, every time she sees an airplane in the sky, she tells me about the airport, and about visiting Grandma. It’s been really awesome to see her make these connections, and to get excited about it!

Things To Do on the Plane:

1. I bought her the Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids  to use along with her iPad (which we are loading full of toddler apps and movies.) I’ve heard from a lot of people that kids need a bit of time to get used to the concept of headphones, so you need to ease them into using them. It makes sense:  because of how loud the plane engines are, they kind of need the headphones to hear their games and movies. We’ve been giving Olive her headphones to use for a few minutes everyday – it seems to be working so far!

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2. Nabi Junior Tablet:

This was given to Olive from her uncle on her birthday, and she’s been loving it so far! Make sure that if you get a toddler tablet like this, open it and charge it and use it before the flight. Also, load it full of apps and games that they will like. There is nothing worse than lugging something bulky like this and finding out that they like nothing on it at all.

I heard someone say that to keep a kid occupied, try and open a new, unseen present for them every few hours on the flight. While this might seem like a lot, I did purchase a few lighter, compact items that I hope will keep her distracted:

3. Melissa & Doug Temporary Jewelry Tattoos

4. Melissa & Doug Water Wow Coloring Book – Animals

(This is a coloring book that colors with water, and when the water evaporates, the book is clean once again to color!)

5. Play Doh Classic Grab ‘N Go Classic- 6 Fun Colors

6. DUPLO LEGO Ville 10522 Farm Animals

7. Melissa & Doug Play House! Reusable Sticker Pad

Have you guys traveled internationally with your toddler? Any advice? Any must-dos?


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