I am just back from a weekend break in Scotland with my husband and two daughters aged 5 and 7. We had a lovely time. Before leaving, I supervised my children packing a small backpack each of activities that they could do while travelling and sitting in restaurants/coffee shops. Here’s what they packed:
- Colouring books. I allowed them to bring one each. After all, I wanted their bags to be light enough that they wouldn’t complain about carrying them and I find that too much choice can mean that they don’t know where to start and then don’t start! My eldest daughter loves intricate designs (similar to adult colouring books) while my younger daughter still enjoys colouring in simple cartoon style characters. These Dot-to-Dot books are brilliant, as there’s an activity to do before you start to colour! I also stock some really cool wipe-clean activity books. There’s Mazes, Spot the Difference and Numbers. They are great for travelling with.
- Colours. They both brought their own pencil cases with markers in them. Although this meant doubling what was needed, it avoided fights while we were away. At first my eldest wanted to bring colouring pencils but I persuaded her to choose markers instead. Colouring pencils are great for home, but sharpening them in restaurants and on planes is messy.
- A book each. Both had been to the school library earlier in the week, so they had a new book each to bring. Out of the five activities they brought, these were the least used. I think if we’d had a longer flight, they might have been read more. While in restaurants, there was just too much going on that they choose activities that they could look up from and not struggle to find their spot again.
- A pretty purse with their pocket money in it. This way they spent their own money and not mine!!
- I surprized them on the plane by giving them a reusable sticker book each. I choose the funny faces book for my youngest daughter and the maps sticker book for my older daughter. They loved them.
We were away with my sister’s family. Her kids are younger (1 and 3 year olds). She had also packed a few activities for her kids – cardboard books for her young daughter and some books and a moody squeeze face sensory toy for her 3 year old son.
If you’re going travelling with your children soon, I hope that this blog has helped you decide what toys and activities to bring for them. We went to Thailand last year and had to bring more, as our flights were much longer. If you’d like to read the blog about what we brought for this trip, you’ll find it here.
I’d love to learn from you too, so if there’s particular activities or travel games that you always bring on holidays with your kids, please comment below. Thanks,