Nothing terrifies me more than being stuck on an airplane flight without food or toys to entertain the kids. But, I also don’t want to be weighed down with too much stuff. When we packed for our last trip which included a 14-hour flight, I was a little worried that we wouldn’t have enough so I carefully planned out what we would take. In the end, I was pretty happy with what I packed and each bag provided at least 2 hours of entertainment on each flight. The boys carried their own ziplock surprise pack in their backpacks and we had a rule that they were not allowed to peek until we got on the plane.
I think this bag pack would work for toddlers age 2-4. This is what I packed inside:
sticky hands (purchased at Target from their party section)
sticky frogs (also from Target)
a note pad and crayons/markers
Playschool Transformers (I bought two coordinating packs for each boy: ie the little red man that went with the red firetruck transformer. I love these because they don’t have weapons/guns. Next time, I thought I could interchange this with little Playmobile sets. )
Little knit finger puppets (thank you Auntie J!)
A couple plastic dinosaurs saved from a friend’s goodybag
pre-inked stamps (these alone could entertain for hours!)
Fruit Flakes from Trader Joe’s and a small bag of Goldfish.
At Hong Kong Airport we found a really great Airplane Set from the Muji store that we added to the mix.
Having a few things to do makes for better flying and the boys always look forward to the surprises that we put inside their bags. It also cuts down on how much we have to use the Ipad or movies to distract as I’m not a big fan of too much tv. And if you have any other fantastic airplane distractions for toddlers, please let me know, I’m sure we’ll be flying again very soon:)