Daddy cool – travelling with toddlers, part 3
The last part of my mini series on travelling with toddlers is all about keeping your toddler entertained on those long haul flights. So we had 12 + 10.5 hours to get through in one go … which is probably about the most extreme flying experience with a toddler you can have on planet earth. So I feel well qualified to sharing some tips and tricks.
Our little man is now 2 years old, which in our case means he is too young to fully appreciate the in-flight entertainment (which Korean Air doesn’t even offer on all routes @#&*^@*&^#!!! so on some flights you are stuck with 2 inappropriate films which are shown on a big screen right in front of the bulk-head seats where you will most likely be sitting). But he’s also old enough to want to be entertained non-stop.
So – here’s the long-haul survival list (in order of keeping you sane)
#1 The overall winner and best toy purchase ever made is the Doodle Pad. It’s the most versatile, unmessy, imaginative and CHEAP toy you’ll ever buy (I got ours for $12). It’s a true life saver as you can draw stuff, erase it and draw some more for quite a while (it typically kept our man entertained for up to 1h at a time).
#2 Sticker booklets – almost as versatile as the Doodle Pad, slightly more messy but still pretty imaginative and cheap. You can get them with different themes (animals, cartoons, sports, etc). To Korean Air’s credit – they actually handed some out during the flight. It’s definitely worth investing a few bucks to get a handful of them though.
#3 Model airplanes in all shapes and sizes – you can get some really simple “assemble in less than 1 minute” sets or cuddly toy planes for next to nothing. Toy planes are great fun when you are actually on a plane as you can re-enact take-offs and landings on your tray table (and your neighbour’s tables). It’s also great fun to watch your fellow passengers when you cover off the “unlikely” scenarios of mid-air crash, landing on water, air-pockets, loss of cabin-pressure, fire on board, lightning strikes or snakes on a plane (especially if you do this during turbulence). For the latter scenario you can sing “the wheels on the bus” with more suitable lyrics “the snakes on the plane go tsss tss tsss, zsss zszz zsss, tsss zss ttss …”
So I’m very proud to say that after reviewing two travel accessories we didn’t have on our latest trip, we had all of the above. YAY.