These bags could be used both for flights or road-trips, even just for a weekend getaway to give you and your partner a few extra minutes of quiet.
I put these together for my girls for our recent family vacation. This worked especially well for my five-year old and kept her from just using the iPad the entire time we were away. I love tech, don’t get me wrong, but I feel like she’s learning and engaging her brain power a little more when she’s drawing, colouring and creating than when she’s playing video games and watching Max & Ruby NON. STOP.
So here goes. What should you put in your activity bag? Well, it depends on the age of your child of course. I was able to put the same items in all three of my girls’ bags thankfully. This would be suitable for a child aged 4+. (If you have a tot, replace a few items with simple puzzles, fish crackers or cheerios, crayons and more stickers.)
- Pouch (Dollarama)
- Clipboard (Target)
- Pencil Case (Chapters/Indigo)
- Markers (Dollarama)
- Pencil Crayons (Dollarama)
- Sticky notepads (Dollarama)
- Stickers (Chapters/Indigo and Dollarama)
- Tape (Michaels)
- Gum, Lollipops
- Babyganics Hand Sanitizer
- Kleenex pouch
- EOS Lipbalm
I gave my girls the bags the day before travel while we were all packing our carry-ons. This way each of them carried their own activity bag in their backpacks and already knew what was in them so they could pack other items accordingly.
In a separate (surprise) bag, I packed a few games and toys to pull out during the flight for the “I’m Bored!” moments. This bag contained simple inexpensive things I also bought at the Dollar Store (The Dollar Tree in the U.S. has some very cool finds).