Monday, April 14, 2014

Traveling with Little Boys


It’s Spring Break and many of you are traveling afar or staying near to hang out close to home.  For our break, we will be heading off to Hawaii for a family vacation.  I am obviously very happy to get away, escape work, the busy LA life and exist in paradise with my family for a week.  At the same breath, I am terrified to fly and travel along with little ones.  Five hours on a plane with kids can be very daunting!  The biggest fear as any parent is to make a scene - to care for a screaming, inconsolable child.  So my point of view on traveling with a young kid:  all rules go out the window.  Give them every snack, candy and allow every game and TV show to keep them happy.  

Here are my must haves for traveling on a long plane/train/car ride with busy little toddlers and keeping them entertained.  My rule of thumb is to try and introduce a new thing every hour - don’t binge all at once and spread out the fun!


  • ONE  Tickets - my little guys love tickets ripping, trading, and collecting them.  Use as a form of point system for a grand prize for good behavior at the end of the trip!
  • TWO  Bandaids - use as stickers to stick on to everything and not worry about leaving the goo behind
  • THREE  Post Its - similar to the above but allow them to color and draw on it
  • FOUR  Their favorite little toys, and in this instance little matchbox cars or legos.
  • FIVE  Flashcards - easier to read than books (in my case I get motion sickness) so these are large and easy for them to read
  • SIX  Calculator - a better and safer alternative than my iPhone!!
  • SEVEN Necklace Beads - what toddler doesn’t love to play with colorful necklaces
  • EIGHT  Lollipops - best to use for departing and landing so the kids don’t have their ears popping from the altitude pressure
  • NINE markers to color with coloring books or paper
  • TEN iPad equipped with a durable case.  This is an obvious go-to loaded with movies and show.


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