On our first family flight together, I thought I was well prepared for traveling with our son (15 months old at the time). What I was not prepared for was a delay that left us sitting in the plane on the runway for 3 hours before taking off. Yikes! I now have a list for traveling with a toddler that includes plenty of activity ideas…just in case we run into delays again!
Here are a few activity ideas for traveling with a toddler that would work for both land and air travel:
- stickers and a sticker book
- removable window decals
- water color (invisible ink) books
- activity books with lights and sounds
- magnets in a metal case (like a lunch box)
- portable DVD player
- small picture album of family and friends
- favorite small toy
- new toys that they haven’t already seen (or gotten bored of)
- a book of nursery rhymes to sing together
- small portable board games
- small craft without a lot of pieces (like a paper bag puppet)
- a comfort blanket or special toy
- washable markers and colouring pages
Helpful Tips for Traveling with a Toddler:
Some other tips that may help while traveling with a toddler:
- If you are traveling by vehicle, having someone sit in the backseat with the child can help. A little bit of interaction can help make the travel time fly by!
- If you are traveling by air, ask the flight attendant if you & your child can visit the pilot. Many flights let children pop into the pilot’s area to say hi.
- While waiting in an airport, let your child run around. This could help prepare them to take a nap once on the flight.
- If you have a small blanket with you, you could create a fun little blanket fort in the car. You can bring along a little flashlight to read books in your new fort.
What is your best tip for traveling with a toddler?