10 things to pack in your toddlers travel busy bag!

10 things to pack in your toddlers travelling busy bagI’ve not just made Annabelle a travel busy bag, I’ve made one for the each of the children to keep them happy during our travels to France next month. But I figured I would share Annabelles separately as keeping a toddler happy on a long flight is a little more tricky than a 6 & 9yr old will be. So here’s what I’ve got in Miss Belles travel busy bag.

A few leapfrog books with her little Violet leap-reader pal. Annabelle really loves this little gadget but remember to pack a few spare batteries as I find violet munches through them quite quickly.

A sticker book
is a must! Miss Belle loves a good sticker fest! You don’t just have to stick them on the pages either, you can put them on yourself to make it more fun for her!

Chalk & Magnet boards. Now I mentioned this over on my instagram feed the other day as the idea just came to me and I’m a PING then instantly get stuck into it sort of gal. So I did! Super easy to do! I was lucky enough to already have lightweight frame & piece of cardboard to paint over, and they turned out pretty well. Chuffed with the result and I know they’ll keep Annabelle content for a portion of the flight too.

Flash cards. Annabelle is obsessed with stacking {yes, even cards!} so I know we’ll have good fun with these whether it be helping her learn new words, enjoying the colourful illustrations, stacking them even or all three rolled into one.

Colouring in book and crayons.
Well this is always a winner for Belle. She loves a good colour-in but she’s not to fussed on crayons so pens and {possibly} felt tips will have to be used.

Belle {like any kid} loves snacky foods whether they be raisins, yogurt drops, chocolate buttons, fruity pieces and more. So she’ll have a yummy selection in her bag to keep her more than content for the duration of her flight.

The infamous digital babysitter, the iPad or Portable DVD player. This is so handy to have because Annabelle really enjoys sitting down to watch a few of her favorite shows or a movie. Or even to play games! But saying games, being in the air and no wifi I’m going to have to make sure there’s games on there that she can actually play whilst in the air.

Easter eggs filled with surprises
. I have LOADS of plastic eggs left over from Easter and this seemed like a fun and perfect way to use them. I filled each one with a little lego mini figure for Annabelle to take part and put back together again. Hopefully, this will be SUPER FUN for her and keep her entertained long enough for Mummy & Daddy to enjoy a cup of tea!

So there you go. That’s a peek inside Miss Belles Busy bag for our flight to France this May! I plan to add some gel stickers for the windows on the plane to, just waiting for Amazon to deliver them! I’m pretty pleased her bag and I’m hoping for the three and a half hour flight it does us proud and keeps our little toddler happy too.

Is there anything you think would be a great addition to her busy bag? If so, I’d love to hear it!



  1. 25/04/2015 / 12:11 PM

    What a great idea and i am sure that everything in there will keep her entertained on the journey. I love the little eggs with people in xx

  2. 25/04/2015 / 10:06 PM

    That looks like such a fun bag! What a great collection of goodies x

  3. Ali
    29/04/2015 / 6:16 AM

    I love this! We always take a DVD player, colouring and stickers on long journeys but I love the idea of the little eggs!

  4. 29/04/2015 / 6:53 AM

    Looks great but for one item; do you need a set of kiddie headphoes for the DVD player? When we take Helen on flights she is quite happy to watch a DVD but without headphones she can’t hear what’s going on. Love the idea of the chalkboard! Thanks for hosting #MMWBH

    • 29/04/2015 / 9:06 AM

      Do you know I have headphones for her to wear but she isn’t so keen on them. Unsure if it would spark a dreaded screaming tantrum from her or not you know? At her age she’s SO temperamental at the moment its like walking on the string of a hair! Haha!

  5. 29/04/2015 / 7:22 AM

    Brilliant item choices, I always pack a bag similar for my kids too, distraction is key when travelling 😉 #MMWBH

  6. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    29/04/2015 / 8:13 AM

    Some good ideas. We’re facing a 22 hour trip back to Europe in a few months and I am stocking up on entertainment ideas for our tot.


    • 29/04/2015 / 9:03 AM

      22hrs! Yikes! You have my sympathies! Good luck with your journey back! x

  7. Steph @MisplacedBrit
    29/04/2015 / 8:42 AM

    Sometimes it’s the simplest of ideas, that are exactly the ones we needed to hear again! Those little plastic eggs were a great idea 🙂

    • 29/04/2015 / 9:02 AM

      Thanks Steph! It’s always nice to find something new to rekindle the interest of our little ones, right? I think Belle will love the eggs the most! Hopefully..ha! x

    • 29/04/2015 / 10:39 AM

      Haha – I have pondered about making an adult sized one, lol! x

  8. 29/04/2015 / 11:21 AM

    Lovely busy bag! It will definitely be helpful on your travels to France. Clever idea with the Easter egg and the lego pieces. I never thought to do that with my daughter. I’ve always been weary of traveling long distances in a plane with my toddler, but gathering ideas such as yours makes me feel more at ease about it. Thank you for sharing! Lovely of you to host #MMWBH!

    • 29/04/2015 / 11:42 AM

      Thanks so much! Travelling with toddlers….wow…is there anything more unpredictable and stressful? lol x

  9. 29/04/2015 / 12:41 PM

    I think you have pretty much everything covered! Just don’t forget the headphones for the dvd player x

    • 29/04/2015 / 12:42 PM

      I have headphones for it but she’s not keen on wearing them x

  10. 29/04/2015 / 1:40 PM

    What a fab little bag, I’m sure she will be kept well entertained during your travels x

  11. 29/04/2015 / 2:39 PM

    I’m not sure I’d want to be chasing crayons up and down the aisle, but anything that will keep them occupied is worth it. Portable DVD player is essential. Good tip about packing extra batteries

    • 29/04/2015 / 2:42 PM

      Haha, gosh now you’ve made me imagine CHASING those crayons up and down the aisle! Thanks for that! lol! Oh batteries is a neat idea…assuming it TAKES batteries..*checks* Hmm nope! Oh well haha.

  12. Hannah -- hibabyblog
    29/04/2015 / 3:06 PM

    I love your idea with the easter eggs, will have to remember that myself. Would she like some playdoug or is that far too messy for on the go? #MMWBH

    • 29/04/2015 / 3:07 PM

      Oooh a wee tub of playdoh would be a great idea. I wonder if they’ll allow it on the plane though…

  13. Lucy @ bottlefor2
    29/04/2015 / 4:45 PM

    We’ve got a trip to the USA for my brother’s wedding in July with a 1 year old! DREADING IT!
    Any suggestions for a 1 year old? I think it’s probably a difficult age for a little one on long flight…

    • 29/04/2015 / 4:47 PM

      It’s a tough age. I know because I took my 1 yr to Texas (she’s now 9!) and it’s tough but you will get by. We always find a way to get by don’t we! x

  14. 29/04/2015 / 8:08 PM

    Oh wow theres some great ideas there! We are flying to Florida in Sep so not really looking forward to entertaining a 2.5yr for 10 hours!! Sticker books are definitely an essential though, not just on flights – I use them at home or in the car to keep him quiet. I do find stickers everywhere though!

  15. 29/04/2015 / 9:27 PM

    What a great little bag of goodies! The dvd player is a must for us when we travel, it is a life saver! x #MMWBH

  16. 30/04/2015 / 6:09 AM

    What a fab way to reuse the plastic eggs. I’ve got them laying around too. Have a fab holiday. #mmwbh

  17. Mim
    30/04/2015 / 7:11 PM

    Oh this is such a good idea and how cute! Can you make me up a bag too please? And take me on holiday as well ha ha! Brilliant ideas there. Mim x #MMWBH

  18. 30/04/2015 / 10:47 PM

    seems like you have all eventualities covered, the surprise eggs would go down well with mine #obsessed

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