Toddler Airplane Survival for Long Flights

Long airplane trips with a toddler can be challenging. That being said, there are definitely steps that you can take when traveling to make the whole process a little easier.

Are you heading on any long haul flights with your little ones this summer? Some friends of ours are off to St Barts. I am so jealous!

St Barts seems like such a luxurious and relaxing place for a holiday. Plus, there are some fabulous st barts villas out there that I would love to stay in one day.

Anyway, enough about my vacation dreams! Today, I’m sharing tips for toddler airplane survival when traveling long distances!


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Packing food is one of the most important things for toddler airplane survival! I always pack a combination of healthy snacks and treats. Suckers, fruit snacks, and things to chew on are great for take off and landing.

Be sure to bring some savory and sweet treats. Five or more hours is a long time to be stuck with few options. Also, be sure to refill your water before you get on the plane. Even if you get a drink on the airplane, you never know when littles will require more.

Some of my favorite travel snacks:


Head to the dollar store, or dollar section at target and stock up on new toys and books. It’s great to have a variety of activities without many pieces to loose.

Make sure they are cheap, because chances are they will get lost somewhere along the way, or they’ll be germ filled and you’ll want to toss them anyways.

We Brought:


I always travel with sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizers. I’m normally pretty relaxed with germs, but traveling gets me worried. I do all that I can to protect them when we travel!

Screen Time

Did you know you can download Amazon and Netflix shows to watch offline? Having a variety of their favorite shows downloaded is a must! Don’t forget to pick up some headphones for the kids too. You can find plenty of options like these on Amazon. Screen time is huge for toddler airplane survival!

Pack Conveniently

Have iPad, headphones, food, water, toys and diapers/wipes easily accessible. The last thing you need to be doing is searching your bags with impatient children!


Rotation is key. Rotate where the kids are sitting, who’s holding them (if you haven’t traveling alone), and if you can rotate the entire plane and get up a couple of times. Rotate the toys, the food, and the videos.

Most importantly….

Take it an hour at a time…

The hours are short, but the flight is long. If you can just get through one hour at a time, you will be there before you know it!

Flying with young children is never easy, from ages 1-2, in my opinion is most difficult. Flying more than four hours makes it even more of a challenge. It’s 100% doable and worth it though! Traveling with kids is always fun, you can find out why we travel with our kids here!


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13 Responses

  1. Shannon says:

    These are all great tips, Ash! We rotate who is helping who, too 🙂

  2. These are really great tips, especially bringing sanitizing wipes!

  3. Livi says:

    This is SUCH a great post. Can you believe that my kids hasn’t been on airplane yet? Hahaha

  4. Cheri says:

    Amazing tips! I’ve flown with my toddlers a few times and I’ll definitely try out a few of the things you mentioned that I haven’t before. The rotating location and what they are doing is a game changer!

  5. Good tips mama!! That is a bear of a flight!

  6. Courtney says:

    This was packed full of awesome information! Hopefully we can take a vacation as a family of 4 soon. Pouches are a life savor, aren’t they!?

  7. Great tips! The rotation would be a good idea. And the dollar store toys – perfect!

  8. Such great tips! You can never have enough snacks and activities to do while flying! And downloading shows is a lifesaver!

  9. Rakhi Parsai says:

    We usually don’t travel long distance with our daughter but these tips are worth keeping in mind while traveling

  10. Jen says:

    These are great tips. We haven’t ventured on a plane with our kids yet but hopefully it will be happening soon!

  11. These are all such great tips! I flew a lot when I just had one, now I have 3 and it makes me so nervous! Definitely will use these to help our first flight with all of them!

  12. Rachel says:

    These are great tips! I want to take my kiddos on a trip, but I’m so nervous to travel!

  13. Carmen says:

    What great tips! I will be traveling soon with my mom and my two youngest these tips will definitely help.

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