Traveling with a Toddler: Part 1

We're leaving in five days on our trip across the world to the land of Oz*, and it's all hands on deck. We're in serious trip preparation mode over here at the H-Haus - shopping, list-making, and planning like crazy. While I've been to Australia twice now, I've never been with a toddler. Let me tell you, it's scary stuff! We're trying to have every possible resource ready and available to make our trip a success. For the past few months I've been researching tips and tricks for traveling with a pint-sized companion, and I'm going to share them with you this week here on the blog, starting with plane activities. Here are a few of my favorite plane-friendly artsy activities for little ones:

1. Crayola Color Wonder Markers & Paper - This is a life saver on a plane. The markers only show up on the Color Wonder paper, so no need to worry about a huge mess.

2. Foam Alphabet Stickers - Add these to your kid's drawing to spell out letters of names, words, etc. Really any stickers would be just fine, but the foam adds an extra element of fun and the educational aspect of the letters is a definite bonus.

3. Melissa & Doug Reusable Sticker Pads - I love these sticker books, because they not only contain stickers but backdrops on which to place them. My favorites are the Habitats sticker book where kids can place animal stickers into different landscapes and the Play House! sticker book, with a variety of interior backgrounds on which your child can add furniture, people, etc.

4. Fisher Price Doodle Pro Travel Doodler with Light - Another fun no-mess surface on which to draw, write, and erase. This one is a great compact size perfect for travel and features a light.

5. Pipe Cleaners - basic and simple, but you can create a ton of fun projects with this no-mess medium. Just to name a few, you could try this shiny alphabet, these fun faces, or these super simple bracelets.

So that's what I've got so far. I still have a few days to prep for the trip, so if you have any suggestions for fun plane-friendly toddler activities I'm all ears!

xo, Lauren

*Yes we have a house sitter, so don't race over to steal my TV!


  1. As Americans living in London, we've taken many a transatlantic flight with our 18-month-old! Here are a few additions I would bring:

    1. CARES Child Aviation restraint (Here is a pic of my daughter in one:

    2. pillow or large stuffed animal to prop her head up

    3. a very small bag to use on the plane in which you've already packed a few diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and a change of clothes. That way you don't have to get into the overhead compartment and also don't have to wrestle a diaper bag in the bathroom with you!

    4. gifts for the people around you. If you give them to them as soon as they board, they're less likely to get irritated at the little things (only the big things, haha!)

    5. Change of clothes for you.

  2. 1. threading beads are a great way to keep them occupied or

    2. travel puzzles. or magnetic puzzles or

    3. maybe even finger puppets (especially storytime puppets

    4. you already thought of this but travel art sets! or or

  3. My sister's husband is a pilot so they travel a lot. She swears by using the Trunki, an awesome kids suitcase that is easy for them to pull and allows them to sit on it to rest or let you pull them. She has used it with both of her kids. We have also found that apps like Talking Tom which engage the kids come in handy on planes and in restaurants.



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