Our holiday is speeding towards us and it’s suddenly occurred to me that we have a 10 hour flight with a 6 year old and I’m a little underprepared! We’ve flown twice before with Miss L and both times were ok, as long as we have plenty to do. This year I’m updating our plane pack as she’s a little older now.
She has a pink back pack with wheels, so she can pull it herself which is very important when you’ve got lots of bags and a small child. It also gives her a sense of responsibility for her own things and she also feels like she’s helping. The most important thing I’ve found so far to take with us is a Nintendo DS. She can play her games to her hearts content, the SD cards the games come on are tiny and you can pick them up second-hand cheaply from computer game stores or online stores. This year I’ve gotten a Club Penguin game and she’s still obsessed by the Build a Bear one I got her for the plane last year.
Next up books, don’t take loads of bulky ones, they weigh a ton and you’re never going to read them all. So I’ve bought a 3 paperback books in one ‘Horrid Henry’, it’s light and there’s 12 stories in it.
As for colouring I buy some cheap colouring books from poundstores, which also have word searches and crosswords in and a pack of crayons. A blank notebook so they can have a holiday ‘diary’ also is a good idea, Miss L loves to draw where we are and what we’ve done.
One word of warning, I’ve found that felt tips leak all over the luggage when excited little ones forget to put lids back on, and pencils break. Also you can’t take pencil sharpeners on planes with you anymore so crayons win hands down. Of course there is also a bad of Haribo hidden in her bag somewhere for take off and landing as for some reason she’s never figured out sweet sucking, but chewing Haribo is apparently ok 🙂
What’s your travelling tip with toddlers and small children?