Here are 6 items that could make your time on board easier:
1. Okkatots Travel Baby Depot Backpack Bag
My kids are out of diapers by now, but just reading the list of features makes me wish I'd had this when they were still in diapers on flights:
- Diaper station with soft changing pad, removable wipe dispenser, and dispenser for sixteen diapers
- Insulated pocket holds six full-size baby bottles
- Easy-access Pacifier Pouch keeps pacifiers clean and dry
- Outside pocket securely holds DVD player for viewing then zips and stores easily when done- Note:
- Machine-washable laundry bag locks in moisture to keep everything else dry
And all in a backpack, which frees up your hands. Even now, when my kids are 5 and 9, I definitely prefer flying with a backpack for that very reason: I can carry my stuff on my back, and use my hands to help them out if they need it.
3. Travelon Slim-Line Messenger-Style Shoulder Bag
I like to keep all travel documents, money, and credit cards on me at all times when I travel with the kids. This means I don't even want to put them down in the bathroom: it's just too easy to forget stuff behind when you've got children to pay attention to, flights to catch, and all sorts of things on your mind. So passports, credit cards, money, printouts of e-tickets or my itinerary, and my cell-phone go into a small bag I keep on me all the time. This bag is small enough to be easy to carry, but big enough to hold everything it needs to. It also has zippers so that nothing can accidentally fall out.
4. J World New York Sunny Rolling Backpack
My kids love their wheeled backpacks when we travel. For kids, it can often be easier to pull their own stuff than to carry it on their back. It's a good idea to pick a kids' backpack of decent quality, since a carry-on will take have to withstand some handling, squishing, stuffing, and occasionally even some stomping.
5. Alex Car Valet
This carrying-case with a fold-out table was designed for car travel, but can be very handy on board an airplane as well. Pens, crayons, papers, pencils, and other supplies can all be kept together and tidied up quickly. Put a sticker book and a coloring book in there too, and you have a great activity set for a child traveling by car or plane (or any other way!). It can either be used as a carry-on by itself, or it can be put into a backpack or other bag to bring along.
6. Baby Portable Changing Pad w/ Detachable Storage - BabySpec's Travel Change Station Kit - Black
Changing diapers on board an airplane, or when you're on the go in an airport or anywhere else, can be a challenge. Sometimes you can't find a change table, and even if you do, you might not feel that great about putting your baby on that bare plastic. Bringing along a diaper-changing pad can make things easier for you and more comfortable for your baby as well. This kit folds up nice and small and can easily be packed into a carry-on.