My granddaughter is a morning person, she wakes up hungry and ready to go. Since we had to leave the house at 4:30 am, to get to the airport, I prepared some food for her the night before. I made up a toddler “bento box” for the airplane and a baggie of grapes for the car ride.
I picked up a square plastic sandwich container, I found them on sale for $.50. I treated these as disposable containers. Once we reached our destination I threw it away, along with any uneaten contents. However, you could save it for future use by tossing the remaining food and washing it out. In the box I put two peeled and sliced hard boiled eggs, wrapped individually in plastic wrap, a cheese stick, a tube of yogurt and some grapes. We gave it to her once the plane was in the air, it kept her busy the first part of the trip.
I also put together two activity bags, one for the flight there and one packed in my luggage, for the return home. In a quart size bag I put a small notebook, some stickers, a few crayons, a container of cards (like Go Fish or Shapes from the dollar store) and a small book. This kept her busy the second part of the flight.
On the plane, we talked about the sounds of the engine, the overhead buttons for the lights and air and we held her hand on take-off and landing. Things went smooth, we only experienced a little bit of grumbling, despite sitting on the tarmac for 45 minutes after landing, waiting for our gate to open up! Well, you can’t plan for everything.
Have you taken a toddler on an airplane? What worked for you?