How to Put Together a Child’s Traveling Bag

Childs Traveling Bag

(This is a re-post of another very popular post that I published a couple of years ago that I have updated and added some more info.)

I am piggybacking off of yesterday’s post, thanks to Kathleen over @ So much to say, so little time, who asked me to share what kind of toys I keep in Andrew’s traveling bag.

Here’s a snap shot of the contents of the traveling bag we brought with us to North Carolina:

  • Drawing pad with crayons and “no-spill” marker paint
  • My Big Rescue Book
  • Lacing boards with string
  • His favorite (and well-worn!) Woody doll
  • Small teddy bear
  • Transformer toy
  • Toy horse
  • Prayer book
  • Rosary

We  had a separate bag just for his favorite reading books and homeschooling books. I also have a few other toys set aside that weren’t in this trip’s bag. I like to switch off with a few different toys/books, so they are “new” to him. He tends to stay more content and play longer that way!

How to put together your own traveling bag for little ones:

1. Get a cute bag or tote just for traveling. You can even design your own tote if you’re the creative type. I’m not very creative, sorry to say, so we use Andrew’s old “mass bag“. (You’ll notice that some of the contents are now included as part of Andrew’s traveling bag. 🙂 )

2. Keep the toys small. Obviously, you’re not going to want to waste precious car space with big, bulky toys, so keep the toys small enough to snuggle next to the child’s car seat or on his/her lap. The largest toy we brought was the transformer toy and it fit right between Andrew’s car seat and door.

3. Let the littles help pick out the toys. I let Andrew pick out which toys and books he wanted to bring. He was so excited to pick out his own toys and looked forward to playing with them during the car ride!

4. Switch them out. Like I mentioned above, alternating the toys periodically makes them feel like new to the children and they will most likely play with them longer.

UPDATE:

backpack

His current travel bag (he also has a Spiderman backpack he likes to use)

Now that Andrew is eight we have updated his traveling bag  and I thought I’d share some of its contents to give you ideas for your older children:

  • rosary and prayer-book
  • various books (especially audio books)
  • home-school course work
  • hand-held DSI video game (30 minute limit per day)
  • small toys (action figures, such as Transformers, Spiderman, etc.)
  • travel art supplies
  • maps and compass

One of my readers suggested in my other post on keeping kids happy when traveling that she puts on a movie in DVD player in her car. We don’t have a DVD player in our car nor do we own a portable player, but it is certainly a good idea! (Yes, I know I could use my laptop but I would be afraid he would drop it and we can’t figure a way to stabilize it without him holding it. 🙂 )

I hope that helps. Do you have a traveling bag you use with your children? What items are in yours? Do share in the comments!

Wordless Wednesday: Waaayyy too much Candy!

My 5 year old was so excited about going trick or treating for the first time this year, that the day after Halloween he felt the need to spread out most of the candy on floor of the kitchen / dining area so he could look at it! lol! He eventually took all the candy we had and grouped them into piles: some with the same type of candy and others to separate out the candy he didn’t like! (There were too many piles of them to take pictures of them all.)

This is the candy that he got when he went trick or treating. The pumpkin was full!

Halloween candy 1

This is some of the candy we bought to give out. We had some kids come, but not nearly as many as I thought we would.

Halloween candy 2

The candy on the left is more of the candy we bought and the candy on the right is the candy he got during the Halloween egg hunt hosted by our apartment complex.

Halloween candy 3

We have so much candy it will probably last until next Halloween!

This is a picture of my little guy in his Halloween costume: Optimus Prime (character from the Transformer movies).

Halloween costume

This post is liked to Wordless Wednesday (even thought the post wasn’t exactly wordless!).