Our five-year-old son is not one to sit still for too long. With a day of traveling (two flights, three airports and one long lay-over) we knew we needed something that would keep our little ball of energy entertained for a while. In planning for a travel entertainment pack, the key words that came to mind were portable, small and practical. Here are some of the items our son carried with him during our travel to and from our destination.
A small, flat backpack he can easily carry and put on was the perfect start. We love Stephen Joseph's school backpacks, $21.95.
Inside the backpack, we threw in three pocket notebooks. Ours were purchased at the local drug store, but if you wanted to pick something a bit nicer, how about The Black Apple's Pocket Notebook Three Pack, $10. Add a box of 16 crayons and you're set for impromptu art sessions and tic-tac-toe tournaments.
Crayola's Color Explosion sets, $3.99 - $17.99, are a great alternative to traditional crayons; black paper reveals colorful swirls underneath using special markers.
Finally, the appropriately named Littlest Pet Shop's Teeniest Tiniest Take-a-Longs, $4.99, features tiny little creatures that are ready for play. Complete with their own accoutrement (our son's puppy came with a rubber duck, towel and bathtub) these pets fit in the palm of your hands and are easily attached to your backpack's hanging loop.
Add a deck of cards, some snacks, stickers, a small coloring book and you're all set!