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On-the-Go with Toddler-in-Tow

This week, I’m headed back to Hawaii to film another episode of Hawaii 5-0 and I’m about to boldly go where no mom (ok, maybe just me) has been before — I’m flying solo with my toddler.

I thought this would be the perfect occasion to spend some one-on-one time with Finn on the beach before he starts preschool in September and before his life gets turned upside down with the arrival of Baby #2 in November. Luckily, we’ve been on 36 flights together (although always with my hubby or mother along for the ride) so I’ve cultivated some tried-and-true tips I can rely on for being on the go with toddler in tow.

  1. Some parents swear by the car-seat on the plane, but I say check the bulky car-seat at the gate and bring a lightweight stroller. Not an umbrella stroller — you need something with storage underneath to help you tote a diaperbag, purse, etc. We rely on the Aprica for airports because it’s small enough to fit through the security scanner but still sturdy with lots of storage.
  2. Take advantage of the Family Security Line. Yes, there is such a magical thing and it has saved my life numerous times. Going through a high-stress, regimented security line with an unpredictable wild animal (AKA a two year old) is enough to make me melt down on even my calmest days, so whatever you can do to minimize the time spent there is a godsend.This is obvious, but you’d be amazed at the amount of times I’ve seen already frazzled parents not following some simple advice: do not wear a belt, wear slip on shoes and don’t wear anything metal!
  3. To pack in your carry-on/diaper bag: I always bring a purse, because it helps me still feel like a grown up (inside: iPad with book and movie, earbuds, small toiletry kit, and an extra shirt), and a black diaper bag from Stokke (inside: diapers & wipes, extra clothes, muslin from Aden & Anais, dried apricots for ear popping on takeoff and landing).
  4. Stickers, snacks and surprises, oh my! Stickers – endless fun to put on everything. Snacks – obvious. Surprises – keeps things interesting when you bring out something new every hour. And don’t forget to take a couple strolls up and down the aisle, so your little one can stretch his legs.
  5. iPad, iPad, iPad. Load it up with a great movie, a few counting apps and you will always have a safe fall-back option to avoid a meltdown. Some of my favorite apps for the little set are TallyTots, NightyNight, Grolly and Endless ABCs.

Do you have any travel tips you swear by – let us know below!

Author Description

Autumn Reeser

Autumn is an actress + artist living in Los Angeles with her toddler sons, Finn + Dash. She is constantly inspired by today’s modern woman.


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