We did two cross country flights over the last week with the littlest one who is 17-months old! Last year was a breeze since she slept most of the time, but this year, sleep was not to be had! I loaded up with ideas to keep her busy as well as snacks!  As soon as we got into our car to go home, she fell asleep, we moved her when we got home and she slept until morning!

Load up with healthy not sugary snacks that will wire them, and pick out some entertaining toys that easily fit in your bag!
Here were some of my favorite toddler travel toys:

Plastic cups from the snack area to fill with beads for pouring. Any plastic cups will do.
These condiment containers are just right for toddlers!
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Foam beads (didn’t get these in time but a friend recommended & they seem great!)

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mini etch a sketch. Works for toddlers and big kids too!

travel aqua doodle. This was great for the older kids too. Just add water to the pen after security (don’t recommend doing it on the plane!) and this was fun for drawing!

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touch and feel flashcards
These are cute to go through and practice words and touch the cards!


an empty water bottle. Yup! Easy as that. Bring some small things to put in it. I just grabbed some beads from home and we played dump them out and put them back in a bunch of times. The beads ended up everywhere but it was a great entertainment!

buckle toys. This school bag  was great and I filled it with her snacks. It is a small area but it fits a few things!  Perfect for 3&under – my 4-year old actually wanted it for her.

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Small books are great too!  We also brought her babies.
What did your toddler like best when traveling?

We had a blast spending time with family in California, it was worth it!



  1. Over the years, I have taken several long distance flights with toddlers (to Europe, the Middle East & Australia). Honestly, I’ve given up buying lots of ‘stuff’ to entertain them and just bring lots of snacks, as well as paper and crayons. Some airlines provide activity packs for children which is fun.

    My youngest was almost three though for our last flight and that is so much easier than flying with a 1 year old!

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