Traveling with a Toddler - Our Family Vacation to Florida

Traveling with a toddler can be a scary thought for most parents, especially first-time parents.  Thus was the case with us.  We have been wanting to take a family vacation for quite a while, but were nervous about taking Evie on an airplane.  I did not want to be "those parents" on the plane with a screaming child.  Nontheless, when we learned baby #2 was on its way we decided that we would bite the bullet and try to squeeze in a family trip before I get too pregnant to travel and while we could take advantage of the "free to fly under 2" deal.  Speaking of which, I know that lap infants on airplanes can be a controversial subject, so I won't go there.  Ultimately we decided we were comfortable with having Evie be on our laps vs. getting her her own seat.  Mainly because we know she is just way to fidgety to stay in a seat for 2 1/2 hours.  

Long story short, our airplane experience was great!  Evie slept for half of our flight and we kept her entertained with books, snacks, and toys the remaining time.  She was a trooper and made it on the way there and back with no tears!  If I had to share some tips with parents looking to travel with a toddler it would be these:

  • Pack plenty of snacks and drinks for the plane - lollipops are also magical! :)
  • Bring some small toys, but not ones that could get lost easily.  Evie liked a small etch-a-sketch that we brought
  • Fill your iPad or phone with some movies that your toddler will like
  • If you're bringing a stroller and/or carseat, check these at the gate, not through regular baggage check
  • Bring an extra pair of clothes in your carry-on in case of major spills
  • If you can, book your seats in your own row  so that you don't have anyone else sitting with you.  We booked a 3-seat row so that me, my husband, and mom could all take care of Evie if she needed to move around
  • Try to book your flight around a time when your little one might nap
  • Most airlines will let people with children board first - this is good if the flight is full and you want to secure a good overhead compartment for your carry-on, but you might also want to board last to avoid being on the plane too long
  • Be patient and don't stress - your little one will pick up on it!  

And there you have it.  My tips for airplane travel with a toddler.  I'm sure there are many things I have forgotten, but hopefully my experience makes you feel more comfortable about traveling with your toddler!  

Overall, we had an amazing time during our trip to Florida.  We visited the St. Pete Beach/Clearwater area and loved every minute.  We clocked in lots of beach time, a day at a water park in Orlando, several waterfront restaurants, a boat ride with dolphin sightings, and many beautiful sunsets.  I couldn't have hoped for a better trip!

I'll end this post with a few pictures from our glorious time in the sun...

Airplane family selfie ;)


  1. Hey! I stumbled upon your blog and I'm happy to say I'll be following :) These are GREAT tips! My daughter isn't quite a toddler yet (she's only 9 months old), but this post really puts things into perspective. I am Mommy to only one child and get anxious about grocery store trips! I could only imagine traveling with her while also expecting baby #2. But you have wonderful advice that makes it a lot less scary. Oh, and your little girl is so adorable! Happy blogging :)

    1. Thanks for the comment! I'm glad you enjoyed the post and found the tips helpful. It does get a bit easier and less scary as they get a bit older, so there is some light at the end of the tunnel! :)

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog! You have the cutest little family, and your Evie is adorable! Love that little swim suit! It isn't warm enough here for swimming yet, but I can't wait to buy my baby girl one once it is. Also, thanks for the traveling tip. I think the iPad filled with lots of games/movies/music would be a must for us!


    1. Thanks for the comment! Your family is adorable as well and your daughter is one cute fashionista! :)

  3. Great tips. I totally agree with so many of these. Love the beach photos! Thanks so much for linking up with us today!

  4. These tips are GOLDEN! Especially the lollipops... I never would have thought of that on my own but Mia would be in HEAVEN and it would keep her busy for awhile :)
    This pics are perfect!! What an awesome trip!


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