In a few weeks we’re off to Greece for a family wedding. I’m really excited as we are returning to the beautiful island of Kastellorizo where my husband and I were married, and where my daughter was christened one year ago.
Kastellorizo, Greece: Image
On our last trip to Greece, Little Miss was just over 3 months old and the biggest challenge was carting nappies across to the remote island.
This time, I’ll have a very busy and active toddler to occupy for almost 24 hours of travelling. I’ve done some browsing on the interwebs and come up with some ideas to create a ‘Mary Poppins’ style travel bag of tricks to keep my daughter entertained.
These Early Start pencils and note pad live permanently in my hand bag, you can’t tell from these pictures but the pencils come in a perfectly sized purse pack and are a life saver when we are out and about. They don’t take up much room, so they will be going in to the magic travel bag. You can order them online from Urban Baby.
$2 shops are full of great little things for kids. My mum and I have been collecting stickers, activity books and even these fantastic little ‘Design a Bags’ that come with 5 texters.
This travel scribbler is also ideal for taking away on a trip as it will provide hours of entertainment and fits perfectly into a travel bag. Little Miss has already been having lots of fun playing with it. You can find these at the Early Learning Centre.
I also found a great Tiger Tribe sticker pack with five picture cards and ten sheets of stickers. Little Miss is going to love these! You can buy them online at My Busy Bag.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is one of our favourite books to read together, so when I found a sticker book version with giant reusable stickers – I was sold! You can find in your local bookstore or online at Borders.
Travelling can be very unsettling for a toddler, especially if you are flying through the night (like we will be) and they are super tired. I’ll be taking Little Miss’s favourite bear for her to cuddle to make her feel better. These Britt Bears are flat and perfect for travelling. They are also hand and machine washable.
I will also be packing the following for our plane trip:
Personalised Pencil Case from Tiny Me
- Pencil case / small bag containing 2 -3 nappies, wipes, nappy sacks and hand sanitiser. (Airplane toilets are very small and squishy and it’s tricky to fit a whole nappy bag in there)
- Empty bottle with travel size ready made formula
- Wipes (lots of them!)
- Hand sanitiser
- Snacks (rice cakes, sultanas, biscuits)
- Change of clothes for Little Miss
- Clean top / t’shirt for me and Mr B
- Child Panadol (just in case)
- Child Otrivin (for take off and landing, many children have problems with their ears equalising and it can be very painful)
- Blanket – planes can often be freezing cold, and it’s so much nicer for your child to have their own blanket
If you have any advice for travelling with a toddler, I’d love to hear from you!