Flying can be a stressful ordeal and adding a toddler to that doesn’t exactly get parents jumping for joy. Luckily, Creative Kidstuff loaded up Lille (16 months) with some goodies for her first plane ride. Find out about these great travel toys and travel tips from Lille and her parents!
Gear to Pack
Lille’s fam brought a large tote as a carry-on that fit under the seat in front of them so they didn’t have to keep opening the overhead bin. Inside the tote included one smaller nylon bag of snacks (the green reusable Stasher container pictured is awesome for snacks and keeps parents from using 1000 plastic bags every week & the EZ PZ Mini Bowl was great for meals or snacks on the plane and at their destination) and one bag of toys. Easy and quick access was key with very little room to work with on the plane. Here are some highlights to pack for your next trip:
Melissa & Doug Water WOW!
This was a definite WIN. Small, quiet, clean! Even though this toy is listed as age 3+, she could use it on her own and seemed entertained to watch the pages turn color as she brushed them with water and was equally entertained to “paint” the fold down tray, the back of the seat and mom’s arm. Anything goes when you have a toddler on a plane!
SmartMax Magnetic Discovery
This company has TONS of various sets and amazing things can be built with these. Seriously cool. Lille isn’t quite ready for the advanced level building but loved building magnetic towers and tearing them down. They also cling to the metal trays and that was fun too. Mom stored them in a makeup bag and she also LOVED taking them in and out of the bag and trying to zip it closed. Simple and easy.
Dimpl—THE FAVE TOY
Parents had no idea this would be as popular as it was (both Lille and her cousin loved it!). Simple concept. Push the colorful rubber buttons in, turn it over and do it again. That’s it. All one piece. Nothing comes apart. No mess. No noise. And she could play with by herself. MAJOR LOVE! There is a larger version (dimpl duo-seen in the video) that can be placed on the floor or table and pushed down without needing to hold it and she loved that one too. The smaller dimpl is great for stroller rides or car seats. This was the favorite of all the testing!
Travel Pro Tips
- New Toys—Super helpful to keep them entertained while stuck someplace (plane, trains and automobiles!). Added bonus- try wrapping each item as a present to open along the way! So fun to unwrap AND it takes up more time to unwrap them!
- New Books—NOT so helpful! Lille wanted the classics they’ve read 100 times. Bad move on parent’s part to bring all new books. Noted for next time. Except for the new book Poke-a-Dot Colors which was really a book/toy combo from Creative Kidstuff. Obsessed. Turned these pages hundreds of times. New diaper bag go-to.
- Water Bottle—Bring one for your babe and fill while on the plane. If it has a straw (Camelback, Contingo…) do not fill prior to taking off…bottles with straws will pressurize on the plane and when you go to open that straw, it WILL shoot out straight into the air and either leap over your child to the person next to you or will hit the ceiling and drip all over the people in the row ahead of you. Lille’s mom might have learned this the hard way on the way there. And forgot and did it again on the way home. Whoops!
- Meals—The reusable Stasher container is great for snacks (seals up tight to store anything from Cheerios to yogurt) and keeps parents from using 1000 plastic bags each week. The EZ PZ Mini Bowl can keep small toys in one space (figurines, pom-poms, ice cubes!) for entertainment on the plane and then can be used for meals when you land.
- Sterilize Wipes—These work great to wipe down the tray, window, TV screen, whatever your little one will get their hands/mouth on.
- BEST TIP—Tape down your kid’s food! No joke. Lille’s snacks were taped to the tray using Washi Tape (or painters tape) and they made her work for it. She usually crams as many puffs in her mouth as she can fit (such a lady) but this forced her to slowly eat them one at a time as she had to peel away each piece of tape. 5 Stars, highly recommend!
I SPY TRAVEL SALE
Stock up before spring break on travel items during the I SPY TRAVEL SALE March 1st-10th! Bring your kids by one of the 6 locations in the Twin Cities and play I SPY to figure out which items are on sale. (*HINT: If it will make your travel life easier or your journey seem shorter, it’s on sale!)
Ask the very helpful staff for these toddler travel toys and other great suggestions for kids traveling at any age. If you have any travel tips you’d like to share, comment on this post!