When she was six months old we made the journey for the first time. After the experience, I wrote a post detailing the list of things I recommend taking when you are traveling internationally with a baby. Now I’m in a whole new league and need to bring my A game- she is a walking, talking, sassing toddler.
I’ve taken to my trusty American-expat Facebook group to ask other seasoned parents for tips. They came up with the goods and now I have a comprehensive arsenal of suggestions for operation meltdown distraction. After the trip, I’ll write a more detailed post about what worked best but I think anyone in our situation could benefit from this list even in its infancy.
- iPad- loaded up with games, shows and kids movies
- Kids headphones, so she can plug into my chair entertainment unit and iPad
- New, cheapie toys- wrapped up, one for each hour of flying
- M&M’s and other light snacks that take a while to eat and are good for bribes!
- Non-spill containers for those snacks
- Glow bracelets to play with when the cabin lights are off
- Ergo carrier that converts to a backpack- forget about hauling a stroller around, this will allow you to keep your hands free
- Coloring books and crayons
- Travel size Magna doodle- endless erasing and drawing without dropping crayons all over the place
- Paper & Glue Stick
- Things to paste (I’m thinking of cutting images out of magazines like they do at daycare)
- Dress the kid in a costume so people think she’s cute, like a bunny or something
- Their own backpack with supplies
- Rescue remedy- good for Moms and neighbors too!
- Double sided tape, pipe cleaners, fun goo, Play-Doh, stickers
|Lotta Passports for a little family|
There was a hot debate on the FB page about whether or not to give your child medicine that makes him or her sleepy (like Benadryl (US) or Phenergan (AUS).) Look I’m not saying you should and I’m not saying you shouldn’t but personally, I think using it as a last resort, like a parachute pack, might prevent all hell from breaking loose.