International Travel Checklist

For Long Haul Flights with Kids

When planning a long haul flight with kids, check out this international travel checklist.

Trudi an experience 'travelling mum' has compiled a checklist of things she considers before travel.

Before you leave

  • Passports; visas
  • Organise travel insurance; check reciprocal arrangements with Medicare
  • Put name labels in children’s clothes
  • Try and secure bulk-head seats
  • Book bassinette (for bulk-head seat reservation)
  • Order children’s/baby meals
  • Research airports for connecting flights for baby change facilities etc

On the move

  • Stroller
  • Pouch/sling
  • ID wristbands
  • Reins

Clothing for flight

  • Changes for parent
  • Changes for children (especially toddler or baby)
  • Bibs
  • Infant hat; extra bunny rugs/wraps

Foods for flight

  • Jars of baby food
  • Sterilised bottles
  • Formula powder/breast milk
  • Snack foods
  • Water

Medication for flight

  • "Ear Planes"/Lollies/Dummies
  • Thermometer
  • Panadol
  • Pedialyte
  • Nappy cream
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Saline vials and nose aspirator
  • Sedatives

Toiletries for flight

  • Small compact nappy bag
  • Nappies
  • Disposable change mats
  • Nappy bags
  • Wipes
  • Baby powder
  • Toiletries for parents

Activities for flight

  • Books/magazines – for younger children, books with flaps; nursery rhyme books;
  • Activity/puzzle books
  • Stickers
  • Toys
  • Colouring pages; crayons
  • Portable games

For arrival

  • Portacot
  • Car seat
  • High chair


  • Empty carrier bags
  • Antiseptic wipes; gel
  • Recent photos of children
  • Emergency telephone numbers
  • Camera!

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