Call it a busy bag, travel kit, or kids activity bags – these tips will help keep your kids entertained while en route. From day trip to road trip to international flight…I have filled my share of kids activity bags. Here are my kids activity bags suggestions…
Kids Activity Bags
Put all your kid travel activities in a resealable bag! It helps to keep kid stuff organized (and if you travel for with multiple children like I do…it’s helpful for each child to have a dedicated activity bag). A resealable bag is easy to pack in a tote bag or backpack. Easy to store under a car seat or in the pocket in front of you in an airplane. It is a one-stop-shop for entertaining your kids.
Yes, I pack individual kids activity bags (because my kids have a wide age range and thus their entertainment activities are wildly different).
Toddler activity bag ideas
- Board books
- Small toys (small enough to fit in your bag but age-appropriate-enough that they are not choking hazzards)
- Headphones (for airplane or train movies)
- Snacks (dried cereal, pretzels, dried fruit)
- Spill proof water bottle or sippy cup
- Crayons and paper (great for airplanes or trains)
- Their favourite music on cd (for the car)
- Paper cups and plastic spoons (role play stirring, drumming, digging)
The paper cup idea is one of the best (and most free) activities for kids on the go. Next time you stop for coffee, ask for a 2nd cup. Then, pass it back to your toddler and create role play games. Once I had my son repeating “Luke, I am your father” while speaking in a deep voice and talking into the bottom of the cup. It was hilarious for us…and our laughing…encouraged him to repeat it over and over.
Big kid activity bag ideas
- Ipod & headphones
- Homemade Journal (my book Boredom Busters shares how to make this)
- Snacks (dried cereal, pretzels, granola bars)
- Water bottle
- Word search, sodoku, crosswords & pencil
- Gum (for airplane take-off)
I have even gone so far, as to create a word search for my kids based on our trip. Use a word search generator (there are tons of free ones on the internet) and plug in hints and answers based on where you are going and what you will see (i.e. Ocean, Airport, Table, Window, Dock, Hill, Highway).
And as an aside: My Family Travel Packing List might come in handy for your next family trip.