Kids often get a bad rap when it comes to flying — and let’s be honest, sometimes it’s well-deserved. But with a little advanced planning, flying with kids can be a relatively relaxed experience. The key? Thoughtful preparation.
While it’s tempting to run around the house stuffing your carry-on with everything you could possibly need — Legos! UNO! Every Eric Carle book on the shelf! — lugging a heavy overpacked bag through the airport is a pain. Whether it’s a short flight to grandma’s or a long haul to Europe, there really are only a few essentials you need to keep your brood happy in the air.