We have travelled quite a bit with the children, whether that be in the car or on a plane and over the years I have learnt a few things that work.
Snacks: You really do need some, whether these be healthy or not they do make for a happier journey. We have the snack box above in yellow, and I usually take things like sandwiches, raisins, Soreen and grapes. This should keep them quiet for a short time.
Books: I usually pack a couple of their favourites so we can have a read on the journey. Bobby always seems to take A Squash and A Squeeze, it’s a definite favourite with them both and Daisy loves The Magic Finger at the moment after reading it at ‘Book Club’ with the lovely Sarah from Bay Tree Books.
Baby wipes: Dirty fingers, messy faces, spillages, the list goes on…
Plastic bags: For rubbish, seems an obvious one but don’t forget to pack a few.
Colouring books: Daisy has the one above and it’s her new favourite thing, the pens are brilliant as they can be sealed together so you don’t lose any. She also got Field Guide: Creatures Great and Small (Field Guides) for her birthday, it’s so pretty and believe me you will enjoy colouring these in just as much as the kids. The OMY pocket games and colouring boxes as seen above are great as they are so small. They come in different designs but Bob likes the Space one.
Activity Books: We have used quite a few of the Lonely Planet ones above over the years. They are great and really do keep them entertained. Daisy also loves these sticker books Sticker Dolly Dressing Fashion Designer Wedding Collection. Hours of fun.
Cards: Children’s Card Games – Jungle Snap, Pairs on Wheels & Happy Families 3 Pack. Small and they don’t take up much space but they really do entertain children of all ages.
They each always have a back pack and we fill this with just their items so everything is together. I also take on a bag which is dedicated just to the children so I know where everything is instead of trying to remember which bag I put it in.
I know I have probably missed things but these are my essentials.