summer fun travel tips with evenflo | flying with a toddler | olive june
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summer fun travel tips with evenflo | flying with a toddler

thank you to Evenflo for kindly sponsoring this post. all opinions are 100% honest & completely my own.
happy summer! bring on the travels~ any fun trips coming up? traveling is fun but with young children, it can also be challenging and stressful. today, i am sharing some simple tips + ideas to make things easier for you. in may, i traveled to my hometown for a family wedding with parks solo. you may remember that we were supposed to drive; however, i was experiencing intense neck pain so we booked a last minute flight. i learned a few things and reached out to a local girl tribe in charlotte to bring some summer travel tips your way. i hope these help you in some way as you make your plans and fly to those exciting places. 

here are some tips for flying with a toddler:
"one of the great things about travel is that you find out how many good, kind people there are."
- edith wharton
i think the best advice i was given is this~ go into the flight expecting it to be okay! often parents dread it and expect it's going to be awful, causing their anxiety to rub off on their kids. mental preparation is important for us too. stay calm and pray they do the same. 
in the dayton airport --> charlotte bound 
{i placed the car seat on top of the rolling suitcase}
car seat | evenflo . shoes | aldo . jeans | madewell

checking in | i always encourage checking in online for moms. if it's a holiday (like this weekend- happy fourth!), i would definitely try and check in online because sometimes flights are sold out and the last people to check-in are usually placed on standby/are bumped. because of my neck pain, we brought the sibby stroller (it's a perfect size for travels- more here). usually, i would baby wear parks in the airport (esp. for running to a gate) but we had a direct flight and there was no way we could have put him in a carrier with my pain. the stroller was perfect for this trip and i actually think i would do a stroller again next time. we were dropped off and checked in outside (the tip was worth it in this case) we checked our evenflo stratos car seat (color: silver ice) outside so we would be hands-free through security + walking to the gate. you can buy a bag on amazon for under $10 to help protect it but i don't recommend hauling it through the airport. it was easy, free, and was waiting for us at baggage claim when we arrived. 

security | a backpack is usually your best friend! (isn't this the case as a mom in general?) we love this one from fawn design. i found that one airport wanted all of his food and drinks in a plastic bag for checking- so i would do this in advance. kids don't have to take off their shoes until the age of seven and they can walk through with you. the stroller + car seat may require a more thorough check. 

at the gate | depending on the child, i think this is either a good time for exploring and 'getting out the energy' or a good time for them to chill. parks is a very chill toddler when in his evenflo stroller + car seat (versus let's say a high chair!) so that's what we did; however, many kids would probably be better off using their energy during this time frame. while waiting, i try and use the restroom before the flight and remember to fill up the sippy cup  + change diapers before taking off. i also recommend bringing some plastic grocery bag in your diaper bag for dirty diapers on the flight. 
in case you are lucky enough to enjoy a second of quiet (whether they are napping or are chilling in the stroller- like parks does in the sibby!!) do not forget to bring a book/magazine/your favorites, too. you just never know... 

we love the evenflo stratos convertible car seat (and so does parks!) for both everyday life + traveling
this car seat has been perfect for our family and i can't recommend it enough!
i love the look, neutral color, two cup holders and the excellent safety reviews
evenflo stratos convertible car seat | here is a quick video with features

to encourage safety, the Stratos™ is weight-rated for up to 40lbs rear-facing and up to 65lbs forward-facing so your child can remain harnessed longer. this seat also includes a 5 position adjustable headrest and 6 shoulder harness strap heights to provide a true extended fit option. for added comfort, they built-in a ventilation system that enables a steady airflow for your child through all seasons. to make installation quick and easy, they added a SureSafe™ installation which is comprised of quick connector® technology and LATCH Guides, increasing proper installation by 2X compared to installation with standard LATCH hooks. to further promote safety, each stratos™ convertible car seat is structurally tested for safety in the event of a rollover accident for built-in safety from every angle!
toddler flight tips |

+ red eye flights are great for kids because they will often sleep 
+ it's often cold on planes so i recommend another layer or a small blanket
+ make a necklace out of cheerios or fruit loops for them to wear and eat- i would probably make more than one.
+ calculator: what is it about buttons?
+ finger puppets: these are small and easy to pack   
+ gel clings! they are cheap and provide entertainment on the trays (stickers are also fantastic!) 
+ snacks... lots of snacks. however, i have found that goldfish explode when they hit the ground and aren't the best for clean-up. squeeze pouches (he's obsessed) are always great + nutritional. 
+ hit up the dollar store and wrap up some small, safe toys. when the meltdown begins, pull out one at a time. they can unwrap (the fun part!) and can enjoy something new. also, a cup and a straw on the plane can also make a pretty cool rattle.
+ quiet play items: pipe cleaners, foam balls, yarn
+ dum-dum suckers: i love these because they are small, distracting and are excellent for getting a child to calm down
+ if your toddler is anything like parks, take a water bottle (he loves to play with them) but enjoying the cup + ice drink probably isn't going to happen for you ... because he/she will want to play with it! 
+ pack a 'go bag' .... fill an old travel wipe container with washable markers + a coloring book 
+ an ipad (we don't do screens yet) but those always help!! also, invest in a battery travel charger in case you are stuck on a landing strip. i would recommend checking out your local library for a digital library and your kids can download stories and movies for the flight. then you don't have to worry about returning them while you are on the road... they just disappear off your ipad. 
+ if you are brave, travel playdoh is awesome!
if your kids are old enough, make a countdown with a paper chain. i think getting them excited for the trip will hopefully help them act better in the airport + airplane. i also love the idea of having them buy postcards to write notes to their family and friends on the way home.
shorts | h & m . shoes | crocs {25% off entire site}

time to sit down, boy! we lucked out and got the only empty seat right next to us. i thought i wanted an aisle seat but the window does act as a very intriguing 'toy' as well! 
see... evenflo sibby stroller + a water bottle = one happy flyer 

thank you again, evenflo! it was an honor to collaborate again
here is a previous post about their sibby travel system 

what are your tips for traveling with a young child? 

enjoy your weekend and summer travels 
xo

27 comments:

  1. You are brave! When I flew with my 2-year-old son, he wanted to get off the plane as it was approaching the airport. And he let everyone around us know. He had all the passengers chuckling as I tried to explain that we had to wait and couldn't open the door right now. You have so many good tips -- very helpful!

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    1. haha- so cute!! i am so glad you enjoyed and i think i worry more about the people around me (not good) than him! i don't want to disturb others but he was good! (thankfully) you just never know! have a great summer and thank you for the love. xo

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  2. Love the pictures and your kid is ADORABLE. Great tips. It's hard to think about having kids because of the extra things you have to consider. I'm just not ready yet, but I'm sure it's SO worth it once you have them.

    Thank you!

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    1. awe, so sweet of you!! thank you so much. it really is and i totally understand. thank you for stopping in and have a wonderful weekend

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  3. These are such great tips! I can't imagine what it's like to travel with toddlers, but I am always amazed by how well-behaved some young tots are on the plane! Your son looks like he was so good on that flight!!

    xx, Taylor (thesprinkle.tayloramead.com)

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    1. hi! thank you so much. he was such a good boy :) thankful for that! i really appreciate you leaving some love and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. OMG these are amazing tips and I am totally sharing this article with my sister who has a younger daughter. She can use all the tips she can get for traveling with her.

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    1. so sweet!! thank you so much... here if she needs anything at all and thank you for sharing! hope you have a great weekend and i really appreciate this! i feel like you can never have too many tips (esp. when flying!)

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    1. thank you so much!! you really made my day <3 enjoy your weekend

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  6. Did you check the car seat? If so, did it get damaged?

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    1. hi! yes, i checked it and it was fine :) i might get a protective bag next time (there is a link on here and they are under $10/have straps) but checking it was free and easy!

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  7. Your little one is adorable <3 and props to you for traveling with him! I don't have kids, and probably won't anytime soon, but used to work in childcare with this age group and they can be a handful :)

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    1. thank you!! he was very good- i am thankful for this! hope this helps you in some way if you do travel with kids in the future and have a wonderful weekend

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  8. I love seeing families travel with littles! My husband and I love to travel and are already trying to figure out how we can continue doing it when we have kids of our own. Great work, momma!

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    1. so sweet!! you got this and hope these help you someday <3 enjoy your weekend and thank you SO much for stopping in. xo

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  9. These are so great! My little one loves to fly Delta because they have Mickey Mouse;-)

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    1. so cute!! we flew american but good to know! love it and thanks so much

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  10. So cute! I love the shoes you wore to the airport.

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    1. thank you so much!! i recently bought them at an aldo outlet store <3 enjoy your weekend

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  11. Such a great post and well written - so much detail and fab tips! I'm sure this would be so useful for those travelling with little ones! Great photos also!

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    1. so nice of you!! thank you and have a wonderful weekend! i really appreciate this

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  12. I never realized how important it is for them to have their own seat..lol on our first flight with my hen 1yr d the seat next to me was open but on the way home it wasn't. Typically she'd be asking me to hold her. It of course on an airplane it was different lol. I like that car seat!

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    1. so true!! <3 i felt the same way! isn't it so cute? it's so easy to get him in and out of and i LOVE the look! thank you SO much!!

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  13. Excellent tips! I'm hoping to go on vacation with our toddler this fall, so I'll be sure to remember these!

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  14. Love those quick tips at the end for making the journey easier. Also LOVE that you're promoting ways to work through the challenges as opportunities for excitement and expanse with your whole family. Beautiful!

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