Trip Tips: Adults Traveling Alone with Kids

  • Take the largest purse with a shoulder strap you can find.
  • Carry a large, spill-proof cup for each child.
  • Small plastic baggies are handy for making sure anything left over stays inside the cups.
  • Tissues and baby wipes are essential.
  • Most airlines serve a drink right after take-off on shorter flights, so I empty the drinks into the spill-proof cups. If you don't want to give the kids soda or juice, ask for water.
  • Break out the crackers and cereal (sugarless). Packing snacks in baggies lets you store the empty bag in your purse without having to throw anything away, and then you'll have the baggies for later use.
  • Always take a change of panties or several diapers in your bag. You never know when an accident might happen.
  • If you have room in your purse, pack a few small, inflatable travel pillows. They just take a minute to blow up and deflate, and they make sleeping on the plane a lot more comfortable for the kids (and adult).
  • Rather than rummage around in your purse with a baby in one arm, pack several dollars worth of change in quarters, and about $5 in ones, in a baggie of their own. I usually scribble all over the top of this bag with a red permanent marker so it's easier to find.
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