I know I’ve mentioned it before, and really, it’s true.
I’m lazy. If it’s going to require too much extra effort, I’m just not into it. Now I know that is probably opposite of what you would think of me…but here is where the little violin starts to play….
These 3 Little Punks that we have? The ones that I LOVE with all my heart? That I really can’t imagine not having them glued to me at all moments of the day??? That I want to hug on and just play with and not worry about any responsibility?
Yep, those ones. They are work. Lots and lots of work.
And not matter how much I love them, that work is always there. So back to the lazy part about me…when it comes to the Littles, I try to make my life as easy as I can, because ultimately it’s STILL going to be a lot of work!
The kids travel quite a bit, but recently its been more car trips than plane trips. That being said they are really into knowing about where we are going, how we are going to get there and what we are going to do. I mean this about life in general, not just this trip. So I picked up a few fun books that the kids have been going CRAZY over! After we read them they each choose one to sleep with. Curious George Goes Camping is the favorite for sure. (And because I planned on packing these, I ordered all paperback books for obvious reasons…).
In the past we’ve given the kids their own little backpacks to carry on. I am still taking these on this trip, but have not decided it they will carry them or not. (Again, I’m lazy and as I write this, am still working through all the moving parts of this trip). I think I may only carry on 1 backpack/diaper bag. The front pocket carries all my personal things (wallet, sunglasses, phone, travel docs, etc). The center section holds their diapers & wipes. The largest section in the back holds their snacks, sippy cups, and “travel treats”.
Depending on the trip, I change up how we are going to travel, the types of treats I pack, and whether I’m going to wrap them like gifts. Once again, all the complexities and moving parts for this trip made me decide that nothing would be wrapped and it would all be in one bag.
This is what I chose:
Silly Putty – It can’t do too much damage, lots of fun uses, and it’s similar to play dough (kinda) which they love. And I’m pretty sure Hubs will find a way to make tooting noises to make the kids laugh… (Michaels $1.00)
Airplane Sticker Activity Book – This is a super small little book. The middle pages come out and are filled with airplane stickers that are removable & repositionable. And (this is important) they stick to the little airplane scene in the book and not annoyingly to airplane windows (nuf said). (Amazon)
Candy Bracelet – Nope, it’s not h. but it IS entertaining and fun. (Michaels $.25)
Cars Magic Pen Book – Do you remember these from when you were little?? The pen doesn’t draw on anything but the pages in the book and you need to color the whole page to see the picture hidden on the page. Magic! (Amazon $5)
Doll Coloring – Now this is going against my “easy” rule for this trip, BUT Addie is so into dress up and this is a fairly large doll for coloring that I thought I would save it as a “Big Gun” treat if needed. Otherwise, a project for when we arrive. (Michaels $1.00)
Cars Books – These were sold in a set, and are small board books. The girls LOVE Cars. They are still just fascinated with Cars 1. The pages can’t get ripped, they are easy to pack, and each girl can have her own book.
Last item is the Crayola’s Color Wonder pens and paper. I love these! They have great coloring books too, but I choose to just buy one Color Wonder pad of paper so each girl could have her own page to color on. Plus since they already have the Cars Magic Pen Book above, I thought having an open clean page to color on might be nice. If you have never heard of Color Wonder Pens and you have toddlers, you are MISSING OUT! The pens can only draw on the special Color Wonder paper. Great for visiting at a friends, airplanes, resteraunts. (Ignore the little crayon case in the photo. I thought the pens would fit, but they don’t. I ended up using a small Ziplock for the pens and the cute crayon case for something else. You’ll see it in another post in a few…)
Snacks – Every trip is different for us. The girls are at different ages/stages, the travel times are different. And as of now, we are still traveling with a “baby” which makes taking certain “liquids” through security a non issue, whether or not it’s 3oz. This trip for us requires an 1 hour drive, 2 hours in the airport, a 3 hour flight, an hour in the airport, 1-1/2 hour flight, and just under 2 hour drive.
So I chose lots of little easy snacks.
Squeezable Sauces – There are loads of great ones out there. I love Trader Joe’s Crushers, both the Apple and the Apple & Banana. Happy Tots is great, and (???). Anything that is over 3oz, I call “baby food”, because, well, Piper is a baby, and she will be eating them (along with her sisters…)
Easy finger snacks that seem like candy, but aren’t quite as bad – Annie’s Organic Bunny Gummies, Annie’s Chocolate Chew Granola Bars, Annie’s Cheddar Bunnies. Best to control the sugar spikes when possible….the other passengers will thank you.
On the day of, I’ll also add little clementines. But since we can’t cross the border with fruit, this is just for the plane ride. Nice to have fruit that is contained and protected in it’s own little packaging.
All of the snacks are packed in that large Ziplock. I just left the boxes in the photo so you could see what they looked like.
In the past when I’ve need to make formula, I’ve also included a couple big bottles of water with all the other necessities. But this time will just bring their sippy cups and buy a bottle of water after security.
Ohhhhhh, one more key item. Hubs laptop, my iPad, and our iPhones, along with our favorite little earphones.
Laptop – Having DVDs is always nice. A bit bulkier than carrying on your iPad, but the wider screen is goof for letting to both girls watch a movie at the same time. And really, “Cars 1” could carry us all the way to Canada if we’re lucky.
iPad – We have a few different preschool aps the kids LOVE. Monkey Preschool, When I Grow Up, Handy Mandy, My First Words, Bubbles, Piano, Learn & Draw Coloring. These aps warrant their own post, they are LITERALLY our favorite aps!
iPhones – these can be disable for airplane use and loaded with the same games as my iPad. Helpful when they want to do different things.
Headphones – these have been a favorite for years…3 years, since my oldest is only 3-1/2. My genius sister in law gave them to Addie and we quickly purchase for the other girls. they fit their little heads, help to reduce outside noises and have their own volume control. PLUS they fit into any standard earphone spot – car, phone, laptop, etc. We actually have a separate little gadget that I got when Hubs and I were dating. It lets you plug 2 headphones into one jack. I think it was $5-10 dollars and I got at Radio Shack. HELPFUL!
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