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My NBC San Diego Kids Travel Segment

I had the pleasure of appearing on NBC San Diego’s California NonStop 7:00pm news last night to talk about flying with kids. The four items mentioned are all very helpful to me personally and there’s one we didn’t have time for. Basically, I’ll tell you a little more about each product, where to get them, and how much they cost.

Melissa & Doug Trunki

I can wax on about the Melissa & Doug Trunki continuously. I can’t recommend it enough for young kids. The Trunki is also carry-on approved and fits perfectly under the seats of most economy class airlines. We have had Sunny the Trunki for over two years, he’s been all over the place with us and still looks great. The saddle bag, tote and stickers are new accessories. The stickers did not make an appearance unfortunately, they were sealed in the tote! With the stickers, your child can customize their Trunki with different faces. It’s very cute. You can buy these at Amazon.

Melissa & Doug Triangle Crayons

I had the jumbo version of the crayons on TV. Older kids might prefer the jumbo version. The jumbo version retails for $5.99 and I bought mine originally at Geppetto’s in La Jolla. The slim ones come in a 12 or 24 pack. These are also very handy because of the easy carrying case. La Jolla Girl needs something to do during take-off and landing. Most of the time, she’ll just color with these.

Pillow Pets

Washing your pillow pet is very easy. You put it in a pillowcase and launder in your washing machine with cold water, on delicate. Tumble dry on low. The price ranges depending on the size, style, or where you buy them. The one on the segment we bought at a CVS on our last trip to New York City. 

Wikki Stix

The age for these is technically 3 years old, but as I mentioned, if you are supervising, Wikki Stix are really helpful for keeping young kids entertained during take-off and landing. I bought a pack of 50 on Amazon for about $20.

Kidz Gear Headphones

Headphones provided on airplanes never fit kids properly. We ran out of time so I didn’t get to talk about these as an option. There are other brands that make kid-friendly headphones, but Kidz Gear has won some parenting awards for being a safer alternative. They are the only kids headphones in stereo, but they also have some kind of internal noise reduction filter. We’ve plugged these into Tag Readers, iPads, iPods and more.

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There is so much more to say. I am in the process of updating it, but check out my 4 part series about Flying Long Haul With Kids.

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  3. Kidz Gear Headphones is always one of the best travelling companion for kids for flying long haul. Great summary here.

  4. Hi Katie,

    I’m a local San Diego inventor and we are launching a new kind of travel pillow on Aug 31st, JetComfy. We have a couple of pictures up at, but we are holding back until our launch date to make everything public. We are currently doing features with Channels 10, 8, and 6, but we are looking for more online presence and thought your website might be a good place to try. Let me know if you are interested in covering this and I can get you whatever media you may need.



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