One thing I was nervous about when having our first holiday abroad was how the children would cope with the flight, having not really spent that much time confined to one place before – aside from our long car journeys to Cumbria, Cornwall and Scotland – which I guess are quite similar!
I packed the children’s bags the night before we left and filled them with things I thought the children might like, that might keep them occupied for a while and that we were allowed to take on a flight. Here’s what we took:
Magazines – the children love magazines and always come back to them after they’ve first read them, taking time to add the stickers, complete the activities and read the stories.
Sticker books – their favourite thing about magazines is the stickers so sticker books will always keep LP and Little Man entertained. There’s something about finding the right sticker for the right gap that keeps the children focused and makes them so proud of themselves afterwards.
Colouring – Colouring keeps the children entertained for hours and a small packet of crayons or pencils is easy to pack.
Small toy – We got both the children a new basic toy for the flight – LP had a My Little Pony and Little Man had a Transformers Mr Potato Head. They only cost about £5 each and the novelty of having a new toy just for holiday kept them quite excited.
Snacks/Drink – we packed their favourite snacks and their drinks bottle from home to give them something familiar. Plus, snacks and drinks always pass the time. Because of the liquid restrictions at airports we filled up the bottles at a drinks fountain once we were through security.
Tablets – As a last resort we packed their tablets and took the time restrictions off. If all else fails, the children always love playing on their ‘puters’ but as it turned out they were happy to sit, draw, read magazines and stick stickers in books. The in flight meals also kept them occupied for quite a while!
The children were also sent a suitcase of goodies from iCarHireInsurance perfect for any long journey. It included a sun shade – great for long car journeys, a tamagotchi that took me back to my childhood and bubbles – a lovely treat when you reach the destination! They’d also put together Car Bingo which would be awesome on any long journey!
What is your must have activity to pack for long journeys? I know Hubby wants to invest in travel Spirograph and we’ll be stocking up on more ideas for our next adventure.
Disclosure: We were sent a box of travel goodies as mentioned above to include in a post however all opinions are my own.