Tips on traveling with a 3-year-old?

My husband and I are planning a trip to Barcelona within the next year, and we are excited but a little apprehensive about taking our son, , who would be three at the time of the trip. Our son has never flown, and I’m not sure how he would take it, so one question would be, would it even be worth the risk-taking him? As he would still be too young to really remember anything and a 20hr flight is a lot to ask of anyone, let alone a toddler. Another question would be, what do you do with a high energy toddler on such a long flight? Does anyone else have any experience with this? Thank you in advance!


If leaving him home is an option, I would fully be doing that. I can’t even imagine my 3 yo being stuck on a plane that long :woozy_face:

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If you’ve an amazing babysitter/grandparent go enjoy romantic holiday

Snacks and a tablet. I dont like recommending screen time but you need to be considerate of other passengers. Set of good child friendly head phones, traveling coloring set and new (quiet) toys he hasn’t seen before that you can bust out when he is getting antsy.

Pack a bag/ backpack with toys, books, snacks, water, favorite animal or blanket to sleep with.

If you have any layovers make sure your child runs around.

You need a granny to go with im granny rose and im good with kids. Lol


DON’T DO IT!:rofl::rofl::rofl: I kid, partially :grin:

I wouldn’t take a 3 year old anywhere overseas. Lol.

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I would not take him if possible.

I personally would wait until he’s old enough to at least remember it before taking him on such a huge trip. But everyone is different-you do you! And I’m jealous!

The first time we flew, she was 4. It was a short flight, BUT I learned: bring a tablet and headphones. Keep it charged. Bring snacks (if you can), a large variety. Bring his car seat to ride in on the plane, he will be much more comfortable. Take him to the rest room, often, even if it’s just to stretch his legs. Try to plan the trip so mid flight will be the bulk of his sleeping. The first 2 hours will be exciting for him, but after that, he will get bored quick. Bring a bunch of new toys. I like to go to target’s dollar section or the dollar tree. Anything that TSA would allow. Wrap them in wrapping paper, and give him a new one every time you notice him needing something more stimulating. Practice the airplane! Read books, and watch shows about flying so he understands. Set up a mock airplane seating in the living room and show him where he would sit, where you would sit and pretend to be flying. It will make it more familiar so he doesn’t get nervous on the flight. Bring crayons and a coloring book, but I would choose shaped crayons so they dont roll off the tray as easily. And remember back up crayons in your purse for when he drops them :sweat_smile:


Tips on traveling with a 3year old!??
:speaking_head: DON’T! :sob:


Can’t replace memories for yourself. Maybe he wont remember much, but you sure would. I would take my son no matter what.

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My son who is almost 4 has flown twice (2 and a 1/2 once and 3 1/2 once and he did very well both times. I brought a bunch of good books and a lunchbox that he filled with some of his favorire small toys both times. The last trip , he also enjoyed the games on the screen provided by Delta. I am thinking on that long flight, they will probably have complementary headphones and a decent selection of kids movies as well, if they charge for headphones it is usually a small fee. I hope you have a great trip.

Lots of toys, activities and snacks. Keep some new toys just for the trip. Sticker books are a good option and they don’t take up a lot of space. Extra portable chargers for tablet or phone for movies, kids headphones etc.

We just got back from Italy with my 1 and a half year old…bring LOTS OF SNACKS! You cannot have enough Haha and a sippy cup. They will fill the sippy cup up with whatever you want your kid to have. But for real…so many snacks Haha

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20 hours? Where are you flying from?! I flew many times 8+hours with babies and toddlers (Chicago to Ireland). I’ll tell you what our dr suggested: Benedryl!! Chances are, the humming of the plane will lull him to sleep anyway but the benedryl won’t hurt :slight_smile: Snacks, sippy cup (even if he drinks out of regular cups, you don’t want spills), pull ups - even if he’s out of diapers, quiet toys, magnetic games, change of clothes for you as well as the baby. SOmething for him to chew on when the plane is taking off and landing - for his ears popping.

Just go out and have fun! Me and my boyfriend are trying to go to Cancun next December and we are not bringing our kids😂 we want to have a fun time if we are saving a lot of money and besides it would be better for the kids when they are older

I would never leave my kids :cry:

I flew to Europe with my 1.5 year old. It is VERY stressful, but I couldn’t imagine going without her. We were lucky and our flight over was night time so she slept most of the flight. Just take a lot of snacks & toys to keep him occupied.