Do you bring "toys" for your kids to play with in the room? I'm sure mine will try to pack a bag full, and I'm trying to avoid that
We do bring toys. The boys got small sling backpacks, and those were THEIRS. They pack 'em, they haul 'em. We clipped carabiners to the bags and use them to hold hats or water bottles, or whatever And, we may have clipped them together as well. . The bags are for toys. Maybe one or two from home, and $10 worth of toys from the dollar store, that way it won't matter when they get lost, broke, or left behind. (another good option for cheap toys is the party favor aisle at your local Target).
For flights, they wear comfy clothes, usually pants (though if we're headed some where warm, they wear shorts underneath for a quick change when we land), a hoodie, to wear or use as a pillow, and a ball cap, because we are terrible with sunscreen but remember to wear hats!
Our have always loved bouncy balls and/or beach balls. Don't take up much space and are good to run off energy with. Beach balls can be deflated and packed under their clothes. And you don't have to worry about them hitting and breaking anything with them.
Take an empty water bottle in the backpack as well. You can fill it with water once you are past security and not have to pay $3+ a bottle. You can even buy little packets of flavoring for a water bottle, easy to pack, and nice to have when they kids don't want water and are trying to get a soda instead.
Take chewing gum. Even if they aren't usually allowed to have it. Especially is they aren't usually allowed, then they will be excited about it! But have them chew gum for take off/landing. It helps their ears clear with pressure changes.
don't forget headphones.
ETA: H reminded me to emphasize, THEY carry their bags. They might whine this time, but making that a habit now will come in SO handy later. Like I said, 4 yrs of this, and we never have to carry the boys things and they've learned not to overpack.
[This message edited by Weatherly at 9:57 AM, June 1st (Sunday)]
It will all be ok in the end. If it's not ok, it's not the end
Happily remarried to a wonderful man (Aussie). I think I found the right guy and the right finger this time.
I beg you, however, for the sake of every passenger sitting within five rows of you, do NOT bring along computer games or any game or entertainment system that makes sounds. You will think it is not that loud, or not that bothersome. You will be wrong, and when the plane crashes your neighbors with fling your kids out the windows in relief
Those all worked ok, but the most effective thing is earplugs. They actually worked until she yanked them out, but she knows now that they will save her little noggin from the pressure.
We took a few pool/beach toys that were small, and packable, little discs that you can throw in the pool and dive down and get, a small sand pail/shovel, that fit in their suitcase, goggles/ masks and snorkels. That was about it.
We had been to a resort owned by the same company before, so we didn't take any food along, as we knew theirs was great and pretty much available 24/7.
The place we stayed had a "Kids Club" that they could go to, and you have to check them in and out, but it's not mandatory for them to stay. On our 4th day there they begged to go. They spent all day for the next 3 days there. They did all kinds of fun stuff with them. Crafts, Teach them songs, and dances, watch movies/nap time, swimming in the pool, nature walks all kinds of great stuff with other kids from all over the world.
Have a blast, it is well worth the hassle of it. They are now 15 and 17, and they still remember that trip and talk about it.
[This message edited by PricklePatch at 9:16 AM, June 2nd (Monday)]
Oh never mind. I think there are laws against stuff like that. I guess it's a good thing I don't have kids.
It you are in a touristy area, check to see if they offer grocery delivery. Some ppl place an order ahead of time to arrive the same day you do (basics like cereal, snacks, etc).