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Family Travel: Preparing Your In-Flight Kit – Tips

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In this post we share the categories we include when we create our in-flight kit for travel with a family.

The idea of this kit is that it is lightweight and can be attached to your one-bag with your carabiner. The kit is purpose built to placed under your seat for easy access.

This is *not* a comprehensive one-bag packing guide. The goal is to avoid having to search for items in the depths of backpack in an overhead compartment mid-flight.

Types of Items for the In-Flight Kit

  • Snacks
  • Activities for kids
  • Comfort items
  • Diapering items
  • Clothing
  • Miscellaneous


Activities for Kids

Comfort Items

  • Small stuffed animal
  • Lightweight blanket

Diapering Items

  • 4 Diapers
  • 1 packet of ~80 wipes


  • Pack two set of clothes/ziplock bag for grab-and-go
  • 1 pair of socks (in case kiddo pulls socks off)


  • Garbage bag for the assorted items that somehow accumulate during the flight so you don’t have to wait for a flight attendant to come for individual food scraps, food packaging, paper waste etc.
  • Alcohol wipes to sanitize tray tables, seats, items that fall on floor, hands

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