The holiday season is upon us and that means traveling is inevitable! Millions of people will travel to visit their family and friends this month. We are flying to Chicago this Saturday and as much fun as our vacation will be, I'm not really looking forward to the flying. When I flew pre-baby I just plugged in my ipod and read magazines. Those were the relaxing days lol! Traveling with a toddler can be a little more challenging and there's a lot of prep work that goes into it. This will be our 5th flight with Odette and I've learned a few things I thought I would share.
Here are just a few of the essentials that I plan on packing...
I picked up a magic ink coloring book in hopes that she won't color everywhere on the plane. Odette loves coloring, but I think she's still too young to not color all over fold down tray lol. I'm also bringing a tablet so she can watch her Tinker Bell movies and play a few games. I don't really let her watch too much T.V., but I'm hoping that this will keep her entertained for at least half the flight or so. We have the Samsung Kids Tablet and love it!! It has a kid's mode so Odette can only use the games, and it comes with a cute orange travel case.
If you're traveling for a long time it's also a good idea to pack lots of snacks! Traveling to and from the airport and a 3 1/2 hour flight is a really long day of travel for us. Some of our favorites are Annie's Organic Snacks, raisins and applesauce. Also, hand sanitizer is always a good idea to ward off all those icky airport germs.
Last but not least, bring your child's security blanket or stuffed animal! Odette has to have Lily the bunny with her wherever we go. Every child has a favorite blankie, toy or animal that will help give them a little comfort and feel like a little piece of home is with them!
These are just the essentials, but I'm sure I will be bringing much more! I may also pick up a few small toys or dollar store items to have something new and fun to entertain her!