Our vacation is booked and we’re heading to San Diego, California! Total travel time? 6 hours 20 minutes. No sweat, right? (don’t laugh) I’ve been busy collecting things for the boys carry-on bags and I’m determined to get off the plane and say, “That was fun! Now let the vacation begin!” Meanwhile, here’s what we will exhaust on our 6 hour plane trip:
10 Airplane Must-Haves
2 games that all kids LOVE! Both of my boys enjoy playing ‘Hungry, Hungry Hippos’ and ‘Candy Land’ and will be so excited to see the travel versions! (Shhh, its a secret!)
I purchased 2 of the 3 Magnetic Travel Tangoes and know my kids will have fun make animal & object puzzles!
There are so many different kinds of flashcards for all age groups- Find a package that your child doesn’t have and would love to look through for a few minutes! I bought our boys ‘Transportation Flash Cards’!
I mean seriously, how fun are these? I’m thinking I can even sneak a pair in my mouth if one of the kids has a melt-down on the airplane. It would completely shock them & shut them up; they’d have to start laughing! If not, I’m in big trouble. You can find Gnarly Teeth in Gag gift stores or Amazon.com!
When in doubt, play with glow sticks! I got a couple packages and know this will kill at least 30 minutes!
I found a package of 6 in the Party Section of Target. I immediately thought of my husband (who at times, is like a 3rd kid) and know him & the boys will have a blast! They have finger toys for girls too like rings, doll finger puppets, etc. Raid the Party Section!
Foam 3-D Kit
This is more for Rocco’s age (he’s 4) but I know Roman will love to help and watch too! This is a craft that will take time which is always a good thing on a plane trip! I purchased our Pirate Ship at Target for maybe $7.99 and they also have a castle for girls too!
Mess-Free Fingerpaint & Paper
I know this will be a hit with my 2! Mess-Free and you’ll maybe need a few wipes for after the activity!
My boys LOVE these books by Jane Tolen and Mark Teague. They have a handful of them already but I plan to pick up a few new ones that they haven’t yet read!
I haven’t decided which DVD’s to bring with us on our trip. Peter Pan will most likely make one of carry on bags but I could use your help on this one! I don’t want to bring CARS since they’ve seen it a bazillion times… Help!
There you have it! With these 10 airplane must-haves, time is sure to pass you by on a long travel day! From playing games and building puzzles… painting pictures and crafting pirate ships & castles… reading new books and watching a great movie; it will be easy as pie! And just think, I’m not even including the many times our kids will eat, drink and take a bathroom break!