Thursday, August 27, 2015

What's in my Kid's Carry-on


After I returned from my vacation in Europe over the Summer, I had a few people email me about what I had packed in my older two kid's, Heidi 8 and Lukas 5, carry-on luggage. I thought I'd share with everyone since it seems to work for us and I really try not to over pack.  

When traveling far {12 hour flight from Los Angeles to Europe} I don't have Lukas take a carry on. I put all the big kid stuff in Heidi's backpack, that way I only have one other bag besides my own to look after, and let's be honest, you can't fit too much in a 4/5 year old's backpack. 

I've made a list of the top 12 items I put in my kid's carry on luggage, that have really helped me over the years with keeping my kids in check {busy}, protected and healthy while flying. 


1: Light jacket/hoodie and socks: Because it gets cold up there and even though you might be going somewhere warm, you never quite know how cold the plane will get. 

2: Pencil Box: Full of crayons, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks and pens.

3: Coloring books/paper: Entertainment 

4: Books {2 or 3 each}: Entertainment 

5: Tablet: Major Entertainment

6: Headphones: Most long haul flights will pass them out but they don't fit kids very well.

7: Tissue: Just in case.

8: Hand wipes: Because planes are a friggin' germ pool, that's why! 

9: Snacks/Gum: Most long haul flights serve meals and snacks, however, if your kids are like mine, they won't eat it. Make sure to have enough snacks to keep the little's full. Gum is great for relieving ear pressure.

10: Extra Shirt: Kids are messy and accidents DO happen. 

11: Playing cards: At some point the kids will declare they are bored.

12: 1 Choice toy: Just one is enough. There is only so much one bag can hold! 

I hope this is helpful for you the next time you fly with older kids! 


17 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing! We are planning to travel with our two boys ages 1 and 3 and this is very helpful :)

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  2. I never go anywhere without wipes! Unfortunately my daughters ipad smashed (I embarrassingly dropped it not her) but I'd definatly take that too if it were use able! X

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  3. #5! YES. My iPad saved me during my flight home to visit my parents. Snacks and cartoons. CLUTCH! Great list!

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  4. Ooh, love the extra shirt recommendation. And the idea to bring headphones that fit the kids. Now I just need to book a trip ;)

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  5. Perfect list. I never leave the house without wipes! Love Wet Ones! Great idea to have snacks, a change of clothes, and plenty of entertainment.

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  6. Snacks are definitely where it's at! Definitely the most important for flights!

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  7. I thought at first you had all those books in one bag! Mind you I've sometimes put them in there too, because of the suitcase weight limits

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  8. Great list of must haves! Totally love the suggestions of an extra shirt and kid sized headphones. We've definitely dealt with our share of complaining because they were too big!

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  9. What a great list! I'm a chronic over packer, so I need lists like these to keep me from going over board! Saving for when I travel when my little guy is a tad older!

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  10. Ahhh this is great! As you know, I can't wait to get my kid to another country to experience!

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  11. I LOVE this - I'm going to need all the tips we can get for our Europe trip coming up! And I need an ipad case like this for all the peppa pig watching I'm sure we will do on the plane!

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  12. Great list! Just took our kids on their first flight (just a couple of states over, but with a layover). Had most of this with us - snacks, iPad and Uno were the biggest hits! Also brought lollipops to suck on during takeoff and landing to help with ear popping.

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  13. Great list! Tablet=must have! My little guy is only 7 months and he's already a tad addicted.

    xoxo
    Lee Anne
    http://lifeinatx.com/

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  14. Love your blog layout and all by the way!

    This was a helpful post. Thanks! ^__^

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  15. Thanks for the great tips, love the one about gum for relieving ear pressure! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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  16. Great tips! I just returned from my trip to Europe and when I switched to a smaller plane they checked in my carry-on. Pure panic as everything I had in it I needed and there was no way I could fit it in my purse. Thanks for joining the Thursday Favorite Things!

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  17. Those are excellent tips. I never thought about gum for relieving ear pressure.

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