5 Tips for Flying with a Toddler: Sparkle On

July 11, 2013 by Jenny Melrose

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About a year ago my parents approached my siblings and I about going on a family vacation to the US Virgin Island, St. John this Summer.  At the time, Joe and I only had Riley and Avery wasn’t expected in the least bit since I struggled with infertility to conceive Riley.  We quickly agreed to the vacation.  Come September we found out we were expecting Avery in May and I became extremely weary about vacationing with a three and half year old and a newborn.  After much convincing, I came to the conclusion that I needed to sparkle on and do what I do best, plan and organize.  I found these 5 Tips for Flying with a Toddler my saving grace.

5 Tips for Flying with a Toddler

Tips for Flying with a Toddler

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glaceau fruitwater®.

1.  Talk about what to expect while flying with your toddler prior to the flight.  Explain the series of events that will take place throughout the entire experience from security at the gate to picking up your bags at baggage claim.

2.  Have your toddler help pack their carry on bag by giving them direction on what to pack.  You want your toddler to bring what they feel they need, but you clearly do not need 57 pom poms, 12 eraser caps and 21 plastic chips, which is what Riley would want to pack.

3.  Pack headphones for any electronic devices and have your toddler use them prior to the flight.  If your child has never used headphones before, you want to make sure they understand the purpose of them and how to get them on and off.

4. Bring Snacks.  Make sure to bring a variety of snacks as well as multiples of the same snack.  Also make sure the snacks are travel size so that they’re not taking up much needed space.

5.  Sparkle on!  Make sure to relax and know that it’s not going to go perfectly.  Let’s be perfectly honest, toddlers are extremely unpredictable.  All you can do is plan and pack accordingly and hope for the best.  So take a deep breath and know that this too will pass.

Glaceau fruitwater® is a great tasting, naturally flavored sparkling water beverage that contains no juice.  Can you tell that she likes it?  That’s her “ahh, refreshing” face.

fruitwater sparkle on

Glaceau fruitwater® is available in the following flavors: black raspberry + other natural flavors, orange mango flavored + other natural flavors, strawberry kiwi flavored + other natural flavors, lemon-lime flavored + other natural flavors and watermelon punch flavored + other natural flavors.

Now that you’ve read about my “sparkling truth”, it’s time to share yours! A sparkling truth is a moment when you sparkle through unexpected challenges, brushing yourself off in a bubbly style. How do you sparkle on when life throws you a curve ball? Leave a comment on this post or jump in the conversation on social media by tagging your amplification with the hashtag, #sparklingtruth.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Glaceau fruitwater®.
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4 thoughts on “5 Tips for Flying with a Toddler: Sparkle On

  1. julieespy says:

    I needed this Jenny. We are taking my 4 and 2 year old boys on a 3 hour (each way) flight for my SIL’s wedding next month, and I’m scouring the internet for fun little ideas to keep them happy (as I can) during the flight.

  2. rdukes says:

    Traveling with toddlers can be so hard … these are great tips!

  3. suzy supnet says:

    Thanks for the tips Jenny. Not to be negative, but that water may contain caffeine from guarana seed. Just thought you might want to rethink it for a plane ride… or any other time. 🙂

  4. Karmen says:

    Bringing lots of snacks can be a great way to have a good flight with the toddler.

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