Traveling with children can be frazzling. Turn a crazy trip into a relaxing trip by prepping ahead with the best airplane activities for kids and toddlers. A list of airplane toys for toddlers, kids activities, what documents are needed for travel and more. Happy travels!
Traveling with kids can be tough! Does anyone get more scared of the plane ride over the actual trip? When I fly with my five, I always plan weeks in advance what I will carry on the plane (the suitcase contents tend to be thought of more last minute!) That being said, I did my research and came up with some Airplane Activities for Kids. These are idea for kids ages 2 and up (though many of them can be modified to fit your younger child!)
What documents are needed when flying with a child?
For children under the age of 18, TSA does not require identification. Adult companions will need a valid form of identification.
If a child is flying as an unaccompanied minor, you must organize with the airline. You will need to pay for an unaccompanied minor service. The adult dropping off the child must have identification as well as the adult picking up the child. In most airports, even if you are not flying, an adult may go through security to pick up the child at the gate. This can occur after getting a pass from the airline at the check-in desk.
How do you travel with kids on a plane?
If your child finds interest in new environments, flying might be very successful for them. Despite the distractions, it’s important to fly equip with activities and toys to distract your toddlers and kids.
When traveling, have a thin blanket, socks, a cardigan or sweatshirt for comfort. It is important to also bring snacks. Layovers, open restaurants and an airline snack cart and be quite unpredictable. A happy child is usually a full child. Bring snacks your child doesn’t have often so it feels a bit like a treat.
Airplane Activities for Kids
In order to create happy travels for kids, you need happy distractions!
Every time the kids and I traveled, I picked up one of these Mosaic Sticker Craft Kids for Kids. They buy time. The buy multiple times because the kids will do one (which takes away), put it away and then move on to do another one later (again it takes awhile.) If you have little hands that can get distracted by this activity, I swear by these mosaic sticker art kits for kids.
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Travel Coloring Cases (out of mini first aid kits) | Family Fresh Meals
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Travel with Window Clings | How to Be Awesome at Everything
If you create the time or talent to create some of the ideas above, take a look at these other Airplane Activities for Kids you can buy for kids on Amazon. Many of them have 2 day shipping with Amazon Prime if you are a last minute shopper! Don’t forget you can get a FREE Month Trial of Prime if you don’t want a full years service.
- Crayola Twistables
- Wikki Stix
- Ipad or Kindle
- Mini Play-Doh
- UNO and other Kids Card Games
- Travel Spirograph Playset and other Travel Games
- Water Wow Books
- Wet Ones Travel Wipes
- Rolling Backpack (Bonus with stuffed animal strap!)
Other items to consider packing for your kids flight: window clings, socks, sweatshirt, light blanket, snacks for baby, snacks for toddlers, snacks for kids, an empty water bottle (fill after security), and a headphone splitter (if using one electronic device for multiple kids!)
Enjoy the flight!
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