1) A cuddly friend – a beloved teddy bear or a new buddy, like these Bla Bla dogs, cats, monkeys and other whimsical dolls. Adorable, soft and handknitted by women in Peru. (The 12-inch dolls are $31).
2) A soft blankie to help little ones get comfy and (we can only hope) sleepy. The wonderful children’s travel website, MadAllie.com, carries fleece shawls that double as blankets ($34.95). We’re also smitten with …
Hearthsong’s Knot A Quilt kit ($19.98) – colorful squares of pre-cut fleece that can be knotted into a cozy blanket. (We’re waiting for ours to arrive so we can test it out, but we’re thinking it’s just the thing for an older child or parent-child duo to make during a flight. By the time you touch down at Heathrow, you’ll have a snuggly blanket.)
4) Crafts to pass the time – eeBoo’s “Children of the World” lacing cards ($14.95), for example, a sticker book or retro Wikki Stix, those strange, wax-draped lengths of yarn that can be twisted and shaped into just about anything. For ages 4 and up, try “Rubberneckers” or “Flying Rubberneckers,” a card game/scavenger hunt. The TechMama bloggers suggest Cheerio necklaces too – pack a baggie of Cheerios and a spool of dental floss.
5) And a toddler-sized backpack to carry everything. Even the youngest traveler can manage a small backpack laden with his own personal stash of snacks and activities. It teaches independence and leaves mom’s hands free too.
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– Jackie Burrell