When traveling on a flight of any length, I firmly believe every kid who can walk should have their own backpack. Not only does this relieve you of the responsibility of carrying approximately 237 Matchbox cars or My Little Ponies, a backpack also provides a convenient spot on a toddler to grab when he/she suddenly takes off in the direction of McDonald’s. (This is also why I put my kids in hoodies — a hood serves this same purpose — but I digress.)
They need toys and books to keep themselves occupied, of course. But you should also think, “Do we have everything we need if our luggage gets lost for 24 hours, or if our plane gets stuck on the runway for seven hours?” Because these things happen!
I put my kids that are old enough to read in charge of packing their own bags, which means checklists are in order…
Print a PDF of this Kids Carry on Packing List.
Carry-on Packing List for Kids:
- Change of clothes, including underwear, shirts and pants
- Sweatshirt/jacket/coat (depending on your weather possibilities)
- Small blanket and/or stuffed animal for comfort and warmth for young kids
- Snacks. Lots of snacks.
- Empty water bottle (fill it up once past security)
- Headphones and electronic devices if you roll that way
- Workbook/activity book/notebook and pens/pencils/washable markers/crayons; consider a set like this one if you have a serious little artist
- Toys. Consider Wikki Stix, Matchbox Cars, action figures, small dolls, or puzzle toys
- Travel games such as Connect Four, Battleship, or this multi-game set.
Happy flying with your little monsters