You will have to forgive me. I am trying to write this post using the iPad, as my computer is so slow it is grinding to a halt! I think I need to give it a spring clean when I get time. I just wanted to put this post together whilst thinking of various trips and our holiday later in the year. I feel slightly anxious when I think of how the little tyke might cope with long journeys by car or airplane. Will he get bored? Will he throw a tantrum? Will he be overwhelmed by it all?
The longest journey planned will be four hours by airplane, but you also need to take into account the travelling to and from the airport, waiting in the lounge and waiting on the airplane. What can I do to occupy his time? I have looked at various tips on the internet and YouTube, here are my favourites –
Use a Trunki
Tick! I purchased a little red Trunki for the little tyke ages ago and used it to carry some toys when we went on a trip to the seaside last year. Now he is that much older, he can enjoy pulling or riding along on it through the airport. I hope to pack a load of toys, snacks and spare clothes in here.
Take lots of snacks
On a few YouTube videos, bloggers used medicine cases and filled the various compartments with treats. Not sure if I will try that. But it’s fair to say that my little man has a good appetite and I must come prepared. Ideas for snacks include raisins, rice cakes, fruit sachets, jelly pouches, cereal bars, little sandwiches and mini muffins. Do not rely on the airline company.
Pass time with sticker books
The little tyke loves playing with stickers and these sticker books are perfect to occupy his time. It’s also nice little quiet activity he can do with his Mummy or Daddy. I also like to buy Peppa Pig and In the Night Garden comics because they are full of stickers of his favourite characters.
Another suggestion is to buy some little pocket money toys (and don’t show them to the little one) in the run up to your journey. The idea is the novelty of something new will occupy more of their time and interest than a more familiar toy from home. Some people even suggest wrapping them up as presents to add to the excitement.
Games and favourite tv shows on the tablet
I would like to limit the time on the tablet if at all possible, but I have to admit that it will make the journey a little bit easier and a little less fraught. I don’t mind some of the little games played every so often.
The little tyke loves his reading. I mean LOVES his reading! I must bring some little lightweight paper books for him to flick through on the plane. Plus, I want some books for his bedtime story at night. The trip will throw us off somewhat, but I have to try and keep some routine if possible.
Drawing and Aquadoodle
This really will occupy a very limited time at the moment, as he is so young. But he will give it a good go, a little pack of crayons and paper takes up no space at all.
I recently read about an experiment conducted by Professor Robert Winston to find out what best-entertained children between the ages of two and ten on plane journeys. The conclusion was that old fashioned toys were the best, with play doh and lego near the top of the board. Would play doh be too messy? It might be a trick to pull out of the bag on our four-hour flight!
I would be really interested to learn more about other bloggers experiences with travelling. What worked best for you? Do you have any tips that you could offer?
Nighty Night folks, ta ta for now xx