A nearly three year old’s guide to hand luggage

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:

Guide to 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.

As for me, I’ll be packing an iPad and chocolate. I’m not too proud to resort to light entertainment and bribery if all else fails but I’m really hoping that CK gets to eat that second lollipop.

14 thoughts on “A nearly three year old’s guide to hand luggage

  1. This is so sweet! I love his bag and all the items he picked, especially the book which is one we love too. Now I want to do something similar when we next travel with V. Best of luck for your journey :)

  2. He did a fabulous job! When the kids were little, we always let them pack their own luggage as long as they followed certain instructions, for example, you can bring 1 toy, 1 stuffed animal, 1 book, etc. Overall it was a great exercise in teaching them how to pack, something they are great at today.

  3. He’s so excited. He keeps running to check his bag and make sure everything is okay. I’m going to buy him a disposable camera for his holidays too so he can take his own photos.

  4. I’m finding that if I let him do things for himself, he takes more care with them. He’s so proud of his bag and that he’s getting to carry it.

  5. He’s thrilled, Gill. I think he’ll be showing everyone at the airport. I can’t wait to see his little face on Saturday morning.

  6. I have that very bright yellow Sony Sportsman! I’m sure I could dig it out from somewhere along with the Fleetwood Mac and Genesis albums (on each side of a cassette) that were played for years! My two also have bags (albeit Thomas and Peppa) and they love packing them when we go out for a drive. It’s the first thing that I believe they both really treasure (apart from their fluffy comforters). A nice post!

  7. He’s very organised with his packing. I wish my 8 year old would take a leaf out of his book, she packs all manner of junk, some of which gets left on the plane! :D

  8. Dig it out!! It’s rare for me to hang on to anything but I loved that Walkman so much. It really sums up most of my teens.

  9. Since I posted that, we’ve had a couple of additions made to the packing list – apparently Mr. Bear, Mr. Cow and Mr. Pooh need to come too (can you tell he’s been brought up in a German speaking environment … one must use the formal way when talking about one’s animals).

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