“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”
– Henry Miller
We’re on the road!
Well, truly, we were on the road, in the sky, on the ground, in the sky, on the road again, on a boat, and finally, finally, finally grounded on a rustic island in Mexico.
I didn’t think I’d have internet access, but low-and-behold, we live in a w-ifi world and I’m somewhat connected! So, my posts may be a bit spotty, but I’ll try my best to add some fresh material while we’re away.
To expedite our trip through customs (and save my pregnant back while someone demands that I carry her – I’m not disclosing any names), we whittled our bags down to just carry-on luggage. Can you believe this? This has never happened to me in my life as a parent, and now that I’ve figured out the formula it will be hard to go back.
The trick, I believe, lies in the minuscule summer wardrobe (no bulky sweaters and jeans!) and having one child who doesn’t require a gazillion gadgets to keep her happy and healthy. On our last trip I packed an enormous bag FULL of entertaining toys, art materials, games, and videos, which was great – believe me – but this time around we didn’t have someone waiting for us on the other side with open arms and an oversized car.
So, armed with a goal of being judicious, the Itty-Bitty Airplane Art Kit was born. I’m not claiming uber-novelty here, but it was highly functional for the flight, and has been entertaining my daughter since we’ve arrived.
Easy Travel Art Kit for Kids
- Gallon-sized ziplock bag
- Assorted Pens, Pencils, Crayons
- A Variety of Paper
- Glue Stick and/or clear tape.
- Stickers, organized in a snack-sized ziplock
- Safety scissors. Avoid these if you’re flying, but scissors are handy for cutting up travel brochures and other ephemera that’s collected along the way.
- Any other must-haves that your child adores
Make Simple Sketchbooks
I wanted to bring a bunch of paper, but because I didn’t have the space I folded about 8 sheets of 8 1/2 x 11 paper of various colors in half, and then stapled the “spine” to create a few sketch books. Very easy for on-the-go drawing.
Be sure to check out 10 Creative Ways to Have Fun with Your Kids this Summer for more ideas like this.