M.R. asks from Saint Louis, MO on June 29, 2010
How to Pack a Carry on with Snacks and Entertainment and Get Through Security?
I am lost on what to pack in a carry on, to travel on a plane with a child and still get through security. Actually we are going to Disney and we are staying on the resort so our luggage will be delivered to the room and once we step off the plane we can go strait into Disney. I have two kids ages four and five so my biggest concern is snacks, drinks and entertainment for waiting in lines. Anyone have any suggestions?
I am also up for any fun Disney tips!
J.C. answers from Anchorage on June 29, 2010
For food and entertainment you can pack pretty much anything you want, but you will have to buy drinks once you are past security. They cost more and that sucks, but it is what it is.
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I.G. answers from Seattle on June 29, 2010
I have a 2.5 year old, so things may change as kids get older. I have never had any trouble to bring food or drinks for my daughter through security. The last time we flew was right after the "underpants" incident and even with heightened security it was fine.
I pack small juice bottles (I sometimes freeze one or two of those to keep the other items cool) and have also brought yogurt in the past, cheese and any kind of dry snacks, fruit and veggies (dry food is not an issue, you can take as much as you want!). I pack all food and drink items in a small separate lunch bag and empty it into a bin when I go through the checkpoint. Several times they have done tests on my drinks (swipes and some other high tech looking gadget) but I was never asked or ordered to throw anything out. I also take with me an empty bottle and fill it at the water fountain before we get on the plane.
I always pack things so that I wouldn't be upset about loosing them or having to throw them out. Drinks and liquid foods I bring in original packaging and small/individual sizes, so I wouldn't be upset it I was asked to toss them.
D.V. answers from St. Louis on June 30, 2010
We just made this same trip in October of '09. Each person who has a ticket can bring a carry on. That said, both of my girls already had their own little rolling suitcases. I say rolling because then they can pull them through the airports themselves. We filled each suitcase with different activities. Coloring books/Crayons (small box), sticker books, reading books, Personnal CD player w/follow along books, DSi's & I-pod (my kids were a little older 10 & 5), etc. (Put extra batteries and any chargers in your carry-on.) We also put snacks and a change of clothes in each just in case our luggage was lost. We didn't pack them tight so they would have enough room to bring their souvenirs home.
As for Disney itself, rent a double stroller, no matter what. If you travel to two parks on the same day, you can take the card they give you to identify your stoller from park to park and you don't pay anything additional. Plan your character meals ahead of time, if you haven't already. Have fun and good luck.
B.C. answers from Joplin on June 29, 2010
Call the airport and ask.
L.B. answers from Kansas City on June 30, 2010
I fly at least once a year w/kids to go see family- as far as snacks and entertainment you can take anything. For drinks, you will probably have to buy those after you get past security- they only make excpetions for infants and young toddler and then just enough to make it thru your flight (which they run tests on the fluids before allowing you to take them). Alot of the times the flight attendant will give you extra drinks for the kids if you ask (ie a whole bottle/can of juice, water, ect)
Hope this helps and enjoy your trip,
S.H. answers from Detroit on June 29, 2010
We LOVE our Trunki (google it, you'll find it easily). It is a cool carry on/ride along suit case for children. My daughter is 4, and she has been using this for about a year now and will be for awhile still. They are amazingly sturdy and stable. We downloaded videos and other kids apps. on our iphone and itouch and brought headphones (if you have these devices, you can download movies on them... it's small, compact and keeps kids entertained for awhile). As far as snacks go, I always make sandwiches and whatever snacks I wish to take... the only thing you cannot pack and won't make through security are drinks or liquid snacks of any kind (don't do yogurt or jello, they might snag that from you)... get your drinks once you pass through security.... anything else you wish to take will be allowed. We have never had an issue taking food through security. Have fun!
K.M. answers from Kansas City on June 30, 2010
I just flew to FL with a 2 and 4 year old. I packed a few snacks for each plus juice boxes (2 each). Juice boxes are 6oz (so, over the limit for liquids), but as long as you have kids they don't question it. Our airline had apple juice, so you don't even need juice boxes. You'll have no problem getting a DVD player through either.
C.T. answers from Santa Fe on June 29, 2010
Any liquids or gels need to be 3 oz or less (and these need to be taken out of your bag and put in one of their security containers when you are going through). No juice boxes or water bottles are small enough. I bring an empty water bottle and then fill it up on the other side at a water fountain. They serve drinks on the plane or you can buy whatever you want on the other side of security. If you take a dvd player or laptop, you should take that out of your bag and put it in one of their security containers too. There are people there to help you and if you mess up they simply correct the problem and may put your bag through twice. It is no big deal. When we travel we let our son play video games with his dad's phone. We sometimes bring a laptop and headphones to watch movies. We also bring fun art supplies, a comic book, or a maze book - I go get something new from the grocery store. We also bring several snacks he likes and sometimes buy him some chicken strips after security to take on the plane (if it is a long flight and we didn't have time to sit down and eat before boarding). Have a great trip!