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.