- Small snacks that your kids can eat by themselves and don't require refrigeration.
- More substantial snacks (like beef jerky, cereal bars, or instant oatmeal) in case your trip takes longer than planned.
- Bottles or pacifiers for babies.
- EarPlanes ear plugs to regulate air pressure in the ears (and minimize pain during takeoff and landing) for older kids.
- Quiet, reuseable toys like Aquadoodles, wipe-clean drawing books, and finger puppets.
- A light blanket and small pillow for late-night flights (airlines charge for these now!)
- Extra clothes for you and your child(ren).
- Portable DVD player and a few rarely-watched DVDs (or download some video to your iPod or Sansa Fuse).
- Headphones (many airlines don't offer them for free anymore).
- A quick diaper-changing kit (three diapers, a few wipes, and a onsie in a plastic bag works fine, or use a chic clutch like the Skip Hop Pronto).
- Carseat (you'll need it for buses, cars, and trains, and for airplane trips you can always check it at the gate).
- Stroller (if you're flying, you can always check it at the gate).
Traveling with little ones in tow? It doesn't have to be a stress-filled experience! Here's a handy checklist of things to bring when you're traveling with kids: