Checklist for Air Travel

  • Double-check your itinerary before your trip
  • Bring the proper photo Identification. Get passports or check ID expiry dates before your trip
  • Inform your airline of any special needs, including diet restrictions
  • Be aware of any rules or regulations that apply to travelling with children
  • Be aware of any rules or regulations that apply to travelling with pets
  • Be aware of customs regulations if you plan to fly outside of Canada
  • Pack valuables or necessities in your carry-on baggage, not your checked bags.
  • Check with airline for any rules, regulations (including size limitations) or fees that apply to carry-on or checked bags.
  • Put tags on all of your bags to help you quickly find your bags at the baggage claim or if they get lost but be sure to safeguard personal information from wandering eyes.
  • Check in 24 hours before your flight, print boarding passes at home or at self-service kiosk.
  • Arrive at the airport on time: 60 minutes ahead of time for a domestic flight and 90 minutes ahead of time for an international flight.
  • Check flight status – be aware of any delays or changes to your flight schedule

Travelling with Children Checklist

The general rule is to pack light for a flight, that is, unless you are travelling with children! It is not easy for a child to sit quietly for hours at a time. As their parent or guardian, it is up to you to provide them with enough entertainment to make it to the end of flight.

Here are some items you may need or want to bring with you on the plane:

  • A car seat
  • A stroller (check with your airline for related policies)
  • Diapers (enough for the flight and a few extra)
  • Wipes
  • Changing pad
  • Change of clothes
  • Bottles (enough for flight plus 2-3 extra)
  • Powdered formula (in premeasured container)
  • Snacks
  • Sippy cup
  • Bib
  • Fork/spoon
  • Any medications
  • Favourite soft toy
  • New small toys
  • 1-2 favourite books
  • 1-2 new books
  • Movie player and movies
  • Child friendly headphones
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