How to pack for a family on a domestic flight

It’s been a week since we flew home from a very special family holiday to the incredible Hamilton Island in Queensland and I am slowly settling back into normal life.

Before I sit down to write all about the island and the fantastic experiences it offers, I wanted to share some packing tips we learnt from flying with a toddler for the first time.

I’ve shared my tips for packing for young children before, but, until this trip, all of our travel had involved road trips.

One of the most helpful things I do is use the Microsoft OneNote app on my phone to manage and update checklists of all the things we need to pack.

For this trip I had a combined list for my husband and my checked luggage, a list for my son’s things that we would need to include in our checked luggage, and three lists for what each of us would be taking on-board the flights.

We flew with Virgin Australia and as our son is still under two he flew for free as an infant, which means he sat on our laps rather than in his own seat. While he didn’t get a checked baggage allowance, he was entitled to the normal 7kg of carry-on luggage, and we had the option to check-in a pram, portacot, car seat or capsule; we checked our portacot, didn’t take a pram and hired a car seat. You can find their guide to flying with infants here.

Hopefully these are a useful guide for your own lists.

Parents – checked luggage:

  • Phones and chargers
  • iPad and charger
  • Camera and charger
  • Medication
  • Clothing
  • Swimmers
  • Shoes, sandals and thongs
  • Skincare
  • Makeup
  • Hair brush
  • Hair products
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Jewellery
  • Sunscreen
  • Beach bag

Toddler – in parents’ checked luggage:

  • Cot covers and mattress protector
  • Sleeping bags
  • Baby monitor and display screen
  • Nappies
  • Swimming nappies
  • Diaper bags
  • Wipes
  • Moisturiser
  • Baby wash
  • Baby shampoo
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Nail clippers
  • Medicine bag and any required medicine or painkillers
  • Digital thermometer
  • Sunscreen
  • Toys and books
  • Baby food and snacks
  • Food containers and spoons
  • Drink bottle
  • Clothing
  • Swimmers
  • Hats
  • Shoes, sandals and thongs

Infant checked item:

  • Portable cot

Parents – carry-on:

  • Wallets with ID (for check-in)
  • Change of clothes for everyone
  • Swimmers for everyone
  • Nappies
  • Medicine
  • Toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • Phone charger
  • Sunscreen
  • Tissues
  • Nappy wallet
  • Water bottle
  • Book
  • iPad
  • Sunglasses

Toddler – carry-on:

  • Birth certificate copy (in case requested at check-in)
  • Headphones
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Books
  • Flash cards
  • Bunny
  • Washable crayons and a notebook
  • Play doh
  • A few pieces of lego

2 Comments Add yours

  1. It’s tiring to fly with little ones. But it’s worth it. I feel like a more flexible, resourceful person because of it. Hahaha

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    1. listofmine says:

      It is definitely worth it, but any tips that help are golden! You are definitely a more flexible person if you manage to successfully travel with kids because it involves a lot of change, disruptions and fun!

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