You used to think flying was a painful chore even before you had a couple of rambunctious children in tow in addition to your carry-on. Airplane travel with your littles can be super challenging, since, as everyone knows, small children tend not to do well being cooped up and strapped in a tiny seat, especially if they’re too young to really understand why they have to stay sitting down. So take a look at these mom-tested and kid-approved ideas for toys and activities to bring onboard that will save the trip and your sanity!
Stick to It!
Sticker books have been keeping little fingers busy (with minimal mess) for decades. We like the ones from Dover, as they’re super affordable and often have re-stickable scenes for imaginative little ones to use as backdrops for their imagination. Go for bubble stickers or the clear plastic ones (instead of the kind with extra sticky glue), so you won’t accidentally leave behind a permanent piece of art on the tray table.
Clinging to Sanity
Even the fussiest of toddlers can’t keep their hands to themselves when you bust out colorful, gooey, plastic window clingers. Try to get a window seat for your most difficult-to-please kiddo and watch as they create character scenes and pictures, and make-believe landscapes on the glass between them and the sky-high air.
A Useful Luggage Clip
Everyone knows airplanes (especially during the winter holidays) are a hotbed for icky germs to be spread around among the passengers. So, how about surprising each of your littles with a double duty sweet-smelling gift? Townleygirl carries tons of covetable character-branded and yummy-smelling hand sanitizers to keep travel germs at bay. But even better than that, is they come equipped with a travel luggage clip so your mini-me can feel grown-up with a luggage clip.
No Mess Nails on the Go
A manicure on a plane? What? Yep, you heard that right. With Townleygirl’s Day of the Dead themed press-on nails kit starring characters from Disney and Pixar’s animated feature, Coco, there’s no mess and no fuss involved in switching from plain, boring nails when you take off, to amazing fashion-statement nails when you land.
Treasure Box for the Win!
Pick a fun, sparkly, and portable treasure box (we like this Sofia the First Train Case that even comes with a variety of lip balms). Then simply fill it with tons of tiny treats like you might find in a birthday party favor bag and let your little ones pick a treat out of the box for every 30 or 45 minutes of good behavior. Score!
Phone it In
Using a phone or tablet is definitely one way to keep a child entertained when they’re not allowed to move around. Still, you may not want your little ones to be glued to a screen the whole time, especially if you’re on a long flight. Instead, we like this adorable My Little Pony faux phone in pink. Here’s the kicker: it doubles up as a travel carrying case for three yummy pony lip gloss colors.