What's in My Airplane Busy Bag?

Contents of Airplane Busy Bag
Contents of Airplane Busy Bag

I took this photo of our airplane busy bag before flying down to Orange County a few weeks ago. I build a fresh busy bag before each trip based on what the kids are interested in at the moment.

Between kids, and luggage, and snacks, there is always a lot to carry, so I try to keep the busy bag compact, and with this one I really succeeded. It doesn't look like much, but believe it or not, there was enough to do here to keep E and D busy for both the outbound and return flights!

Here's what's inside (there are two of almost everything, one for each child)

  • Shinkansen coloring books (picked up at our local Asian supermarket)
  • Little Dover Activity Books (a steal at just $1.50 each)
  • A selection of Playmobil figures that can be played with individually, and then combined.
  • Wooden "dolls" with stands and pens for coloring (under $1 at Michael's)
  • Travel sized tangrams
  • Pippi Longstocking (it's nice that both of the "big kids" are finally interested in chapter books)
  • Sticker sheets
  • Mini puzzles (from Target dollar area)
  • Rattle for the baby (he really doesn't need much yet)

    Check back on Monday when I'll post some of my guidelines for building a travel busy bag.

    Related Links
    Favorite Travel Toys
    Ten Great Travel Toys You Already Have at Home
    Ten Tips for Keeping a Toddler Busy on a Plane
    Flying With Babies, Toddlers, and Kids

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    1. Maria on November 4, 2009 at 12:32 p.m.

      wow, super organised bag and enough for two kids! I take way too much. Looking forward to your monday post for more tips on building the perfect travel bag.

    2. elizabeth on November 6, 2009 at 6:29 a.m.

      I have to try some of those tangrams! My airplane bag also includes a few toy trains and cars and a MagnaDoodle, which is the only thing the boys are really good at sharing.