AKA ways to keep a busy girl happy. Our trip consists of: one four hour drive to AK, two-ish hours at the airport, a four hour plane ride, a couple of days in Brisbane, and then another long drive up to Hervey Bay (3-4 hours? I can't remember). That's a lot of time to keep a little girl (not to mention her baby bro) in good spirits.
You wouldn't think that one little toddler size bag could hold so much! She can carry it herself, but I doubt she will for long. Especially not when she realises what's in it, though I intend to keep the contents secret from her as long as possible, and dole them out slowly when the need arises. Oh yep. I have tactics.
1. The sketchbook I made here. 2. A brand new box of crayons. 3. Some gifted puzzles I've had stashed away for awhile. 4. Some little toys I found in a sale bin at The Warehouse. She loves animals, and I think these will go down well. Plus, mini. Which equals good. 5. Pipe cleaners. 6. Colour Wonder markers & pad (recommended here). I also have a big pad of stickers somewhere, that I will add to her bag as soon as I find them...
Most of these snack types have multiples that I will put in our checked luggage. I hope that customs don't freak out over it. They're all packaged so hopefully not. I'll pack fresh food for our car trip. We'll have an in-flight meal (and movies, so I don't know what I'm even worried about, that's her sorted for the entire flight!) too, so probably we will only need these snacks to distract our way through the airport rigmarole.
1. Boxed raisins always a favourite. 2. Mini rice crackers because as I've explained to you many times, mini good. 3. Dried fruit. 4. Raspberry flavoured water. Not something I would ever buy normally (actually, of these treats, boxed raisins are the only regular fixture in our house), but the novelty might pay off at some point. 5. Peach fruit cup. 6. Fruit nuggets novelty. 7. Kids Vit C (because is it just me, or do kids always seem to get sick when you go on holiday? Plus these are the equivalent of lollies, so everyone's happy and distracted). 7. Fun containers to store food in. Just to prolong the enjoyment.
As shown here. Just a select few.
1. Lacing Cards. 2. Feed The Monster. 3. Shape Threading. 4. Popsicle Puzzle. 5.
Pasta Beads have since realised that customs might veto these so will leave them at home...
These are her current favourite bedtime stories, though they may be switched out before we go.
1. Peepo - Janet & Allan Ahlberg. 2. Guess How Much I Love You - Sue McBratney. 3. Green Eggs & Ham - Dr. Suess. 4. Harry & Hopper - Margaret Wild. 5. Each Peach Pear Plum - Janet & Allan Ahlberg.
Of course. This guy/girl/bug. Someone to cuddle in the tense moments, and for Ma and Pa to carry the rest of the time.
I found heaps of invaluable tips about traveling with toddlers over at A Lovely Life - which happens to be one lovely blog!
Tomorrow: A cute Flavour of the Week, and the weekly wrap-up... x