5 travel essentials for under 10s hand luggage

Over time I’ve built up a few of my favourite things to pack for my pre-tweens in their hand luggage. These are my tried and tested little items that I know will help us all have a smooth journey. We’ve travelled on a number of long haul flights now that I can safely say these are the top 5 travel essentials for under 10s hand luggage.

1. Top 5 travel essentials for under 10s hand luggage: Colouring pens and paper.

It doesn’t matter how old my kids are they are happy to get out the colouring pens and draw. It is a sure-fire way to get them lost in some creations. Now they’re getting older they are starting to get into the more detailed colouring books (which I secretly love too and have to “help out” with) but nothing beats some fun colours and a pad of paper. We enjoy making picture stories where someone draws one item on the paper, such as a chicken, and then it’s passed to the next person who draws, for example, a trampoline! It always creates some anticipation as it makes its way from person to person and the end result is usually lots of fun. Other games we play are wordsearches where each person makes one for someone else; giving our children some characteristics, for example ‘a grumpy coffee shop owner’ and getting them to create the picture; or creating our own super tricky spot the difference pictures to try and stump each other (the winner is the one whose opponent can find the least differences!).

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2. Top 5 travel essentials for under 10s hand luggage: Alba tablet & headphones from Argos

Tech is becoming increasingly important to our pre-teenagers and while we like them to also engage in more traditional forms of entertainment there’s no need to deny them the chance to occupy themselves happily for some time….and give us a chance to watch one of the inflight movies too. Recent research has shown that more and more over seven-year olds are rejecting the tv for tech and that’s certainly our experience with our children happy to watch an inflight film but not wishing to spend more time than that on it. Our kids love their Alba tablets from Argos (and we loved the price of them!) which have a parental control app which means we feel much better about allowing them to get on with playing. We also really love the Alba’s durability – it comes with two spare bumper cases to keep it safe from knocks so it’s perfect to take on our travels with us.

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3. Top 5 travel essentials for under 10s hand luggage: Books

This may not be the first thing my children turn to but on a long flight they’re happy to have some time reading. I feel the restricted space of a plane is perfect for them to lose themselves in a good story and the more I put books in front of them, the happier they are to turn to them. I’ve also realised my son is more likely to read a book of facts so I try to include a factual book in his hand luggage in case he feels like picking that up.

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4. Top 5 travel essentials for under 10s hand luggage: Sticker books

Stickers work for children of all ages and mine still love them. I love the more grown up sticker books there are these days which are great for under 10s and you can pick them up in subjects ranging from history to science. I still really like picking up just sheets of random stickers too, my kids enjoy making these into pictures by drawing around them to create a story in themselves.

5.Top 5 travel essentials for under 10s hand luggage: Lollies

Any other time of year I am most definitely not a fan of sticky, teeth-loathing lollies! However, for flights, they can be a parents best friend and work for all ages from toddlers upwards. Not only are they perfect for helping ears during the change in air pressure on take off and landing, they also take a long time to eat and keep kids happily occupied for a while! Look out for quirky flavours like liquorice or sour cherry to keep those tricky tweenagers on their toes!

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I’d love to hear your top tips for products that work for you for 7 – 11 year olds.

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11 Responses to "5 travel essentials for under 10s hand luggage"

  1. Fritha  November 7, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Ooh just had a look at those tablets on the site, they are so reasonable aren’t they! X

  2. Keri-Anne  November 8, 2016 at 12:20 pm

    I love the look of those Alba tablets. My daughters one has just broken and we looking to replace it and this looks like a great one 🙂

  3. TheMadHouse  November 8, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    I do not think my boys would travel without their tablets now! It certainly makes it much easier!

  4. Stephs Two Girls  November 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    Great choices, I’d say all of these are good and the best!

  5. Cass@FrugalFamily  November 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    I definitely agree with the tablets and the headphones especially – they’re essential x x

  6. Kate Williams  November 9, 2016 at 10:35 am

    My kids are a little bit younger but stickers are very much a winner for them still. Last time we flew we didn’t take a tablet and I really regretted that!

  7. ChelseaMamma  November 9, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    A fab list, books, tablet and colouring are on our list too!

  8. Michelle Twin Mum  November 9, 2016 at 5:19 pm

    Playing cards or something like UNO are a massive hit but then it probably helps that I have twins and they can play together. Mich x

  9. pennyalexander  November 10, 2016 at 11:53 am

    Tablets are a life saver for travel and it’s the one time I have no guilt about them overusing them!

  10. Erica Price  November 10, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    A tablet and a new book would be the ideal for my son when he’s traveling as that can keep him entertained for hours.

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