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Tips to prepare infant and toddler busy bags for travel

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We recently travelled to Florida with both kids. They were 2 years old and 5 months old at the time, so we were a little worried about how the flight was going to go. We had flown with Little J before, but he was young (both times under 6 months old) and it was Little N’s first flight.

 

 

I wanted to make sure the 6 hour flight (there and back) was going to be as smooth as possible.

 

In order to do so, we brought busy bags with us to make sure there was ALWAYS something to do should they get bored. After some planning and research, the flights went much much better than anticipated.

 

If you’re planning on travelling with young kids and are apprehending the flights, here are simple tips to make your busy bags successful.

 

Tips to prepare infant and toddler busy bags for travel

 

1. Calculate your total travel time

 

Go through your itinerary to see how long the total travel time is. In our case, we had to drive from Ottawa to Ogdensburg, where we flew from Sanford Airport to Orlando Airport. So think about the drive to the airport, waiting at the airport, the flight, and waiting for the luggage.

 

2. Think of your kids’ current interests.

 

What are the activities that currently keep your child busy at home? Do they like colouring? puzzles? playing cards? Base your activities on their interests!

 

3. Think of their attention span.

 

Do they get bored after 20 minutes? Plan the number of activities accordingly. You’ll know this by dividing the total time you need to entertain them by their attention span.

 

4. Don’t bring large toys.

 

They’ll just take up room in your carry-on. I took on Kids Play Space’s challenge and tried to fit the activities within 1L zipper bags. 

 

5. Make 2 bags: one for the way there, and one for the way back.

 

Kids Play Space’s other trick is to prepare one bag for each flight and store the return flight bag in your checked luggage. Switch the bags at hotel before leaving! 

 

BUSY BAG IDEAS FOR A TODDLER

 

iPad Games

 

Melissa and Doug On the Go Water Reveal Pad* – this was a true lifesaver. He played with it at the hotel while we were getting ready too! It was so great! 

 

Snack Box – Get a clear tackle box* and fill it with snacks! It goes through customs no problem and it will keep your toddler entertained for a good while. Also this way you can bring a variety of snacks without bringing a million different bags. 

 

Magic Ink Colouring Book*

 

Window Cling* – SUCH A HUGE HIT! He was even sharing them with the kids sitting behind us. We put these back into the return flight bag because he absolutely loved them.

 

 

Travel Doodler*

 

 

BUSY BAG IDEAS FOR AN INFANT

 

For Little N, it was much easier. He slept for a good portion of the flight. But when he was awake, we used:

 

High Chair Stick On toy*

 

Board Books

 

Texture Toys*

 

 

Hope this helps for your next trip! What will you include in your kids’ busy bags?

 

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