Aloha! This week we are preparing for a winter getaway to Hawaii!
I’m pretty excited to make my way back to paradise. My love for Hawaii started after watching You’re invited to Mary-Kate and Ashley’s Hawaiian Beach Party as a kid! Who didn’t love these cheesy song and dance adventures with America’s sweethearts?! I may or may not still remember some of the songs from those classic flicks.
When I was in 5th grade, I got to take my first trip to Oahu and from then on, I knew I wanted to live life on island time. Fast forward to 2005, I attended the University of Hawaii at Manoa and got to make Honolulu my home for the next two years before returning back to the mountains of Colorado. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED HAWAII, but it was a bit far from everyone and I was ballin’ on a budget, so trips to visit family weren’t as accessible as I’d hoped.
Here I am, almost a decade later and I’m finally headed back to my beloved palm trees, Diamond Head, and Leonard’s Bakery. Oh how I’ve missed you all!
Now Boarding Passengers Flying with Children
This time around, Ryan and I have a baby on board, and I’m not talking about my baby bump #24weekspregnant. We are bringing Evie, our energetic and always curious 18 month old. We will explore the islands of Maui and Oahu. She’s no rookie traveler; she’s already been to 3 continents and 6 countries! With many flights under her belt, we have come up with our top 10 must have travel items for toddlers!
A Toddler named Evie’s Top 10 for Flying:
1. Coloring books and Stickers.
Evie loves to color and to play with stickers, so Imagine Ink books are excellent for keeping her entertained and reducing messes! No crayons to track down or markers for her to leave her Picasso mark on the airplane.
Airlines provide some snacks, but do you really think peanuts and pretzels will keep the babe happy? I try to cover all the food groups. Food pouches are excellent for getting veggies and dairy into the diet. Bananas, apples, fig bars, dried fruit, those are easy to pack for any occasion. Evie is a fan of cashews, veggie straws, pretzels & yogurt covered raisins, so we will definitely throw them in the bag. Just be aware of how long your flight is and how long your drive to the hotel is in order to make sure you have enough food, but not too much.
Some would categorize this under the iPad necessity, but international flights (and Hawaii) typically have televisions with movies included. Did I mention Evie is always curious and energetic? Yeah, she’s not sitting through a movie of any length! Lucky for me, she does love to listen to music while she tinkers with all her toys. But make sure that playlist is fully loaded and DON’T forget the headphones!!!
4. Comfy clothes
Of course we want our tots to look adorable in crowded airports, but let’s be honest, we all want to be comfortable when cramped into those little seats. Dress your toddler in something practical. It can still be cute. I am a sucker for little humans in athleisure! Also consider when you are flying, PJ’s are a great option too. I always bring one change of clothes for accidents or just to let Evie freshen up after a long flight.
5. Toys and Books
This is crucial for entertainment, but you also want to be mindful of how many toys you bring. My advice is to bring 2 or 3 favorites and maybe 1 new toy to keep things interesting for your little one. Same goes with books: pack the go-to titles and a new book for a new story to keep the bubs engaged. p.s.Keep the big toys at home.
6. The Bathroom Bag
The bathroom bag is all things potty time! Depending on where your toddler is with potty training, this can have many variables. Evie is in a transition phase, but we will go ahead and pack diapers, wipes, a changing pad, diaper disposal bags and hand sanitizer.
7. Sippy Cups
Always pack 2- One for the free in flight beverages, and one filled with milk. TSA will usually let you take 3oz through security, but we always buy a bottle of milk once we have gone through security. It’s best to give your babe a drink during take off and landing to help with the pressure change. If you’re still breastfeeding, then you have milk on you at all times anyhow!
8. Medicine Bag
Fingers crossed everyone stays healthy during travel, but you do not want to find yourself with a sick tot and your medicine packed away in a checked bag. I bring the necessities: children’s Motrin, vapor rub, Nose Frida, a thermometer, lotion, band-aids, fingernail clippers, and diaper rash cream.
9. Something Sweet
Oh yes, toddlers can totally be bribed with sweets and desperate times call for cupcakes! Ok maybe not those kinds of sweets, but definitely bring something that will reward your little jet setters good behavior! Their favorite cookies will be a hit. Evie loves these fruit twists from H.E.B.
10. Lots of snuggles and Hugs
Children under the age of 2 are lap travelers. You can buy a seat for your kiddo if you really want, but we are all about the 3 for 2 deal! We ALWAYS ask about available seats before boarding, but more often than not, we are confined to 2 seats. Bulkhead seating is our favorite when we aren’t flying first class. Even with a third seat, Evie is a snuggler who wants to sit right on you or sprawl out across both mine and Ryan’s laps. It can be a bit much when you’re sharing the space for 6+ hours, but it’s one the most important things to make sure she is comfortable and happy. I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Unlike International flights, U.S. flights do not provide seatbelts for lap children. Look into the CARES Safety Harness if this will give you peace of mind.
Everything will easily fit in my carry-on, so between Evie and I we will have 1 backpack purse, one carry-on bag. All the essentials, none of the hassle.
What are your favorite travel necessities? Comment below!