One of the things I remember most fondly about going on holiday when I was younger was packing my hand luggage. Especially, if my mum had bought me a brand new bag for the occasion (normally from River Island which I thought was the height of cool). I would buy new book or two, pick which cassettes I wanted to listen to on my bright yellow Sony Sportsman, throw in a hair bobble and make sure I had sunglasses and sun cream to hand for the moment I stepped off the plane. I loved it.
At the weekend, I asked CK whether he would like to take his own little bag with him on our flight back to the UK on Saturday. He was hugely excited at the thought so we spent today picking out some of his favourite things to go in it and shopping for a couple of others.
So here’s a nearly three year old’s guide to packing hand luggage:
1. It all starts with the bag and it doesn’t come much cooler for a toddler than a Trunki PaddlePak. It’s lightweight so won’t weigh him down and it’s really bright so I’ll be able to keep him in my sights at all time.
2. One of his favourite books, We’re Going On A Bear Hunt.
3. A new bottle. We’ll obviously take it empty and then buy some water once we’ve been through security checks. It will also be handy for the plane – if you ask nicely, the stewards will fill it up for you and it’s much safer than one of those tiny plastic cups which inevitably get knocked over.
4. Fluffy the giraffe. Every child needs a cuddly travel companion.
5. Lollipops. CK and I have discussed and agreed that he can eat one on the plane and then the other when we arrive if he’s been a good boy. He’s extremely eager to be good and get to eat an almost unheard of two lollipops in one day.
6. Fruit pouches. We’ll have breakfast on the plane but better to have a little something tucked away to snack on too and CK feels very grown up being able to look after these himself.