Does Traveling with a toddler feel overwhelming, chaotic, scary or all of the above? Well trust me moms and dads, I feel you!
Jaxton has been on about 16 plane rides since he was 6 months and each time before a trip I stress the day before. The good news is….
You will get through it
I have listed out some awesome ideas to help distract your little one(s) to help the flight go by quicker.
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Jaxton loves reading! Before any trips, weeks before we have been reading about planes, visiting his grandparents or books that relate to places that we are heading. I think this helps him get prepared and excited for his new adventure.
Here are some fun toddler books that we love:
We always wrap each activity/toy in tissue paper and they open them up each half hour/hour. Sometimes toys last more than an hour and sometimes it just kills a good 30 minutes. Which I still consider a win! We like to wrap them in tissue paper because it isn’t as messy and can be wadded up nice and small. Also takes time for them to unwrap and is exciting!
As far as storing the toys, we usually put them in Jaxton’s little roller suitcase that his Nanny (grandma) got for him, he loves to pull it around. It is small but just big enough to hold all the activities! Here are some similar and fun roller backpack ideas, Train Roller Backpackor for girls Unicorn Rolling Backpack.
Below I have listed out some tips and activities we have used and love. We love all of these, but also try to mix it up with each flight so I like to have a good list to resort to. Also, remember that anything that comes in a box will probably travel better if you take it out and put it in a bag.
Straw Bottle – I am going to start with the necessities first, bringing a spill free water bottle is always a must! We end up using on the plane, car rides and when we get to our destination
Expandable Lunch Box – Snacks, snacks, snacks it always a must for us. I like to pack small, easy, on-the-go snacks. Our go-to snacks are, cheerios, travel apple sauce, fruit, crackers and/or sandwich
Love Taza Kids’ Activity Kit – Recently found this gem if you limited on space. It holds 35 magnets & 1 dry erase marker, a passport activity coloring book, 8 crayons, 5 finger puppets, and 90 colored wax sculpting sticks. Wow right!
Play-Doh Construction Fun – Play-Doh alone is fun to mash and build, but having tools to cut, hammer and roll makes playing with Play-Doh so much more fun for J.
Slinky – metal or plastic, small or big perfect for kids to get memorized with for a bit
Thomas & Friends Engine – For those Thomas & Friends fans, connecting trains and dragging them around has always been clutch
Wind-Up Train Book – J’s Nanny brought us this one. It’s a book that you read with a built in track on each page for the train to scoot around. *Note – it is a bit on the heavier side
Disney / Pixar Cars – or just plan cars at the dollar store. I always get a pack just in case we loose some on our travels
LEGO® – The LEGO attached here is a Classic Green Creativity Box easy for building the figures. Small LEGO’s work well too