For airline travellers around the world if there was a horror movie to be made about airline travel it would be titled “Toddlers on a Plane.” For some reason, some of us crazy parents think its fun to travel with kids. I mean what could be a better test of ones sanity and marriage than keeping kids entertained and quiet in a confined space? Enter in the toddler airplane survival kits.
While we have flown with Hazel before, we have never taken both kids on a flight so needless to say this trip is going to be interesting. This will also be the longest flight we have taken with a toddler(s). Our last trip was to LA when Hazel was 23 months and that’s only a 2ish hour flight aka a walk in the park. Our flight to Hawaii is just over 6 hours and happens to be right at bedtime. I am hoping that at least one of them will fall asleep but just incase I have put together two identical toddler airplane survival kits to hopefully keep them entertained.
First up in my survival kits was headphones. Because of course (duh) the first item I reached for was my iPad. (This goes in my survival kit, right next to the mini bottles of wine). After some quick research these LilGadgets Connect+LilGadgets Connect+ headphones were the winners for us. They have a volume limiting setting to keep those little ears protected, they are sturdy and collapsable for easy storage. While they are recommended for kids 2+ we opted to get some for Everett too, it’s really unavoidable and we will most definitely be able to use them again in the future. Best of all they have share ports allowing you to link the headphones together so they can both listen to one device!
The second thing I grabbed was our trusty Playtex Sipsters cups (see here and here). These are our absolute favourite cups for the kids and have graduated through all the levels with both of them. Not only are they leak proof but they are also insulated making them perfect from the plane to the beach.
Next thing to go in was another favourite some Crayola Colour Wonder packages. Since being introduced to them last fall I swear by them and will not buy my kids any other form of colouring. This is until they are fully aware that colouring on their bodies, clothes and walls is not kosher. Until then I will keep things mess free.
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I also popped in some books to read on our trip. We added two more books from the Lost my Name family to our collections last week. The Kingdom of You and The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home. I know the kids will love them and they will make the perfect bedtime stories while we are away.
As we have two night flights on our vacation, one of them being over night, comfort was key. I packed each of the kids Rags to Raches rompers to wear on our flights. They have the comfort of wearing pjs with out actually being pjs. They have zero buttons, snaps, zippers, or restrictive waist bands making for cozy comfy wear. They also simply pull up and down, making any diaper changes or bathroom breaks simple and limiting the small space wrangling.
Lastly we needed something to pack our survival kits into and trust me I don’t have any extra room in my bag! I thought it would be fun if each of the kids were responsible for their own bag of goodies. It also makes it a little more exciting than mom just pulling things out of her Mary Poppins bag. The Herschel Settlement backpacks are not only the perfect size for the kids but they also appropriately came in a fun Hawaiian themed print.