Christmas goodie bag for 4 hour flight.

(21 Posts)
cowssheephens Sun 24-Apr-16 09:07:33

I'm looking for ideas to fill a little goodie bag for the DC on the flight over.

DC are pre teens, haven't flown since babies and looking for fun things to keep them occupied. They have 'electronics' but ideally don't want to take anything with us on holiday.

My ideas so far...
Reading book
Notepad and pen
Novelty glasses.

Any ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Zombiemama Sun 24-Apr-16 09:12:01

Christmas activity pack
Mini or travel board games
Disposable camera and turn note book into travel diary

glenthebattleostrich Sun 24-Apr-16 09:16:14

Magazine
Christmas crafts (cards or small gifts to make for relatives )
Travel board games

cowssheephens Sun 24-Apr-16 09:23:55

Christmas craft, something to decorate the cabin on arrival ideally.
Travel game would be great.
Like the ideal of a travel diary.
Camera is a great idea too

BiddyPop Wed 27-Apr-16 16:40:50

QBitz is a nice game for all the family - you can buy 1 person boards, or a full set containing 4 boards but still play just individually. So it would be handy for on a plane to entertain themselves (and practice!), but then all play together in a cabin over holidays. Maybe put a few cards each and their own board into a Ziploc sandwich bag each for the flight?

Travel Monopoly works well!
We also have magnetic ludo, snakes and ladders, and chess that DD likes for travelling, and small "connect 4" games (1 is from Tiger, another from a £shop type place).

Seasonal edition of a favourite magazine? As opposed to an actual seasonal magazine?

Some really nice detailed pictures to colour in, and nice colours/pencils/markers for the trip - activity village do nice ones, and lots of other seasonal ideas there too, many of which I've "borrowed" for DD when we've travelled over Christmas.

Craft on planes could be tricky - no solvents (pritt stick glue might be ok but include in your "liquids" bag). No sharp items - scissors, needles, knives etc all ruled out.
For when you get there, a stapler or roll of tape, and a bag of strips of different coloured paper can be used to make paper chains? But they would probably not travel well once actually stuck together (I know we've often done that as something to keep DD busy on arrival while we unpack and settle in).

A small festive stuffed toy? A little reindeer or santa or similar? Or festive outfit for a favourite doll or teddy that is coming as well?

LEGO!! They do lots of Christmassy stuff, and a few things are stocking filler sizes or small kits that could work well on planes.

brightandshiney Thu 28-Apr-16 14:34:53

I'm doing this snack box next time I travel. My DC will love it and it'll keep them occupied for a while.

cowssheephens Sat 30-Apr-16 09:27:27

Thanks biddy, so many fab ideas there. Love the Lego idea too.

My DCs would love that box too, brill idea.

whimsical1975 Mon 02-May-16 21:06:55

Top Trumps!!!! Keeps my pre-teens occupied for ages!

scrappydappydoo Mon 02-May-16 21:27:02

Friendship bracelets or paracord bracelets - pre cut lengths of string beforehand.
Dobble is a great game and very portable.
If girls - nail varnish and do nails with Christmas theme nail stickers.
Origami or paper plane books

brightandshiney Tue 03-May-16 09:57:44

We've played this game and it went down well with all ages

BiddyPop Mon 09-May-16 14:58:55

Scrappy - nail varnish great for cabin but not allowed on airplanes (I was given out to recently for being halfway through doing mine, and had to put it away with 4 nails done!). It's allowed in your bag of liquids, you just aren't allowed open it on board.

KC225 Sat 13-Aug-16 05:29:40

On a recent flight, my Kids enjoyed an emoji sticker and puzzle book. Bought the in Morrisons but saw them in Smiths. Looks of puzzles with tons of emoji stickers to use as answers.

CakeNinja Sat 13-Aug-16 10:42:38

Bloody hell, am I the only one looking at that box and seeing a huge mistake?! One stray elbow, one mild jolt of turbulence, the person in front leans back in your chair, that box is upside down and the contents is EVERYWHERE shock

girlywhirly Sat 13-Aug-16 16:12:19

Not just the spillage CakeNinja, but on one flight I was on, cabin crew advised that they had a passenger with nut allergy on board, and would not be selling nuts from the drinks cart and could all other passengers refrain from eating nuts or products with nuts in if they had purchased any before boarding. So including nuts would be a risk, as the kids wouldn't be able to access any of the box contents during the flight.

PandasRock Sat 13-Aug-16 16:18:41

You can get colour-in Christmas bunting, which would make a nice craft activity/something for when you get there.

Spy pens/invisible ink was a huge hit with my tween on our last flight.

Maybe a small scrapbook/similar to start off a holiday journal? Mine have had the Jofli ring binders for years, and still enjoy looking back over past holiday books I did for them complete with stick-in photos from a portable Polaroid printer I have (Pogo - pricey but utterly brilliant if your dc would do travel journals as then have an activity to do whilst waiting in restaurants etc as well)

PandasRock Sat 13-Aug-16 16:20:36

I would warn against Lego (take it with you and build it there) as the small seasonal kits often contain loads of tiny parts - easy to drop, then a nightmare to find. If you do take them, then pre open and put all the bits in ziplock bags, as the Lego bags are easy to split open and spill.

PandasRock Sat 13-Aug-16 16:22:46

Makemee do nice craft kits that are OK on planes (have taken them before now). Depends on age/temperament of your dc, they might find it a bit young. They have lovely 'suitcase friends' which all come precut, with a plastic needle, and a passport for the toy. Very cute.

LittleReindeerwithcloggson Sat 13-Aug-16 19:07:06

We took a small Christmas cross stitch (beginners) kit for mine. Kept them occupied for ages! Adult colouring books are great for age 8+ as are simple suduko books. We also downloaded some jigsaw puzzles onto the iPad and bought some new DS games for the journey

leesmum Sat 13-Aug-16 20:27:55

Do a Christmas quiz? Give them a sheet with 10 Christmas themed questions with extra points for tricky questions and the loser has to sing 'jingle bells' to the rest of the plane hmm

leesmum Sat 13-Aug-16 20:36:57

brightandshiney thanks for the Christmas a-z I'm always on the look out fir something to do after Christmas dinner grin

PomBearWithAnOFRS Sun 14-Aug-16 01:38:53

One of those "Letter to Santa" kits? or will it be too late by then?
Dolly knitting or a knitting loom maybe?
Pencils and paper for games - Hangman, Tell Me (where you pick say 10 things - boys name, girls name, body part, city or country, animal, food, drink etc and then you say a letter and they have to write one of each thing beginning with that letter) or secret coded messages - get them to devise a code and talk to each other in it so they can be "spies" or whatever grin

Join the discussion

Join the discussion

Registering is free, easy, and means you can join in the discussion, get discounts, win prizes and lots more.

Register now