The Ultimate Guide for Packing Your Carry-on Bag

Originally published in MamaMag (Dec/Jan edition) and online at

Packing the carry on bag to keep little hands busy and grow little minds doesn't need to be stressful or time-consuming. Ensuring you have everything you need at your finger tips whilst in transit and on the plane will make travelling a fun family experience.

Here are the essentials you need to know about for both short and long-haul flights.

Special snacks

A range of healthy and special snacks you know your child likes that don't require cooling, heating and are mess free. If you plan to keep any uneaten food be sure to check which foods you can keep on arrival at your destination. 

Engaging toys and activities

When flying you encounter a lot planned waiting, but then there is also the unforeseen long periods of waiting like delayed flights. Plane Play specialize in toys and activities to keep your children engaged and off the screen from the moment you check in to arriving at your destination with pack and play items. Head to to see the full range from babies up to age 8.

Change of clothes

Accidents always happen when you least expect them, so best to be prepared with easy access to these items at all times. A change of clothes and p.js for your child as well as a spare top for yourself to freshen up on arrival. 

The standard everyday leaving the house items

Nappies, a few more than usual and a change mat, a disposable one can come in handy for messy moments. Wipes and two extra plastic bags for wet/dirty clothes, food or bottles. Several dummies so you're prepared with clean ones for when they drop on the floor or a dummy leash. Your child's usual drink/milk bottle and formula if need be.


A familiar blanket from home for comfort on the plane and naps in transit. Babies have a knack for wanting to nap when its least convenient for you!

Communicating with your child

Talk to your child prior to leaving the house about what to expect, it will help them feel more comfortable throughout the journey and less stressful for everyone.


Choose your carry on bag wisely to maximize space, weight and to also free up your hands during transit. Check your carry on luggage allowance so you can pack the bag strategically and ensure you aren't over the limit before leaving the house. 

Happy holidays!



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