Wednesday, 2 July 2014

What to Pack in a Toddler's Carry-on

It's vacation season, and I want to make sure the two-year-old is très occupied on the airplane. Here's what his carry-on will look like.

Toy Story Backpack -  a recent gift from Gran to pack all of his stuff. 

Crayons and a little notepad for drawing and colouring and stickers.

I Spy Little Book - Seb has one of these at home and loves it. I bought a new one for this trip. We'll also bring a few other books. 

Snacks - One of my friends said she brings a "ridiculous amount of snacks", so that's what we'll aim for. We went with granola bars, goldfish crackers, muffins, hummus and crackers, boiled eggs, apple sauce, and Teddy Grahams. Note - things that were consumed individually take longer to eat (goldfish crackers) as opposed to something that is gone in 1 minutes (granola bar).

Melissa and Doug Reusable Sticker Pad  - another birthday gift from Gran. Seb loves stickers right now, so I'm hoping this will be a fun activity for the plane.

Hoodie  - I am always cold on the plane. So I'll bring him a hoodie too.

Plush Woody and Buzz toys - his favourites!

Headphones and iPad - Love it or hate it, I've loaded up the ipad with his favourite youtube videos.

What do you think? Am I missing anything? It's likely this duo will also be making the trip as well. Seb still loves them.



To get Seb ready for his first flight, we bought the Richard Scarry's A Day at the Airport, which was a little advanced for him. He was just 2 and was totally into the book I found at the library called Flight 1-2-3 by Maria van Lieshout. My friend Sara swears by the book Airport by Byron Barton. 

After gathering the suggestions from the comments sections, here are other items readers felt were great for a toddler carry-on:
I know for sure S would love or already loves each and every one of these things.

- Washi tape in a road pattern and Hot Wheels
- Water Wow Colouring Books
- Window gel clings
- Extra clothes, diapers, wipes etc...
- An extra t-shirt for you (just in case)
- Baby Gravol and Tylenol
- Stickers and paper
- Play Doh
- A sippy cup

I'd love to tell you that Seb played with all of these wonderful and thoughtful activites quietly and patiently, but if I'm being honest, 90% of the time on the airplane he looked like this:


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