we're on hols in 4 weeks, with ds's cousins 8yo and 6yo, and I just know they will be taking gameboys to keep them quiet at the airport/on the plane - I'm just wondering if I should succumb and get him one (an over-indulgence? Gameboy SP advance is about £70).
I was going to take sticker books/pencils/activity books, etc., anyway, but just wondered what was on your list of essentials for keeping kids amused whilst travelling?
I need to keep my sanity, this will be the first time we've done Gatwick Airport on the first day of the summer holidays - arrgh!
i recently did an 18hr flight with my 4yr old ds - I bit the bullet and invested in a leapster leappad too - it really kept him busy - would thoroughly recommend a decent set of headphones which wont keep falling out! We also took trump cards. good luck
Thank you for all these replies, we have got a LeapPad but I think they are rather bulky for going on a plane (quite fancy a Leapster tho .. )but am getting a Gameboy - thanks to a very kind Mumsnetter who is selling me one very cheaply!
When we took our 3 year old to Oz, we bought lots of cheap little toys(puzzles, books, sticker sets etc) and wrapped them up. Then every hour or so, when he seemed to be getting bored we would pull another one out and let him open it. We then put most of it in the bin at the airport - he was so busy with the holiday that he never missed any of it.
If you can try to keep a game or leapad book as a suprise for the journey home.