What’s in a kid’s travel bag?

It seems like I’ve seen so many ads lately in which a celebrity “dumps” her purse and we all get to see {gasp!} what’s in it. Then we all immediately jump in our cars and run off to buy all that we saw. Or something like that.

Well yesterday was one of those back-from-traveling days filled with unpacking. One thing I unpacked was Howard’s backpack (notice the adorable monogram – I couldn’t help it!) which he dutifully carried with him on the plane to and from my parents’ vacation home. So I thought I’d “dump” H’s backpack for you because I know you’re dying to see what he took with him.

Howard's backpack, "dumped"

Clockwise from top right:

  • Cars pop-up book with [relatively quiet] noise-making flashlight. This was a new toy for this trip and it began our journey wrapped in wrapping paper to make the excitement last longer.
  • Alphabet flashcards – the most educational toy he brought.
  • A stack of colored scratch papers for drawing, along with a sheet of stickers and a family picture with facial hair drawn on every family member except mom (I’m trying to preserve at least some of my dignity.) – the picture gets a laugh out of Howie about a quarter of the time.
  • A twist-top bowl of trail mix (peanuts, almonds, cashews, raisins, peanut-butter filled pretzels, and m&ms).
  • A bag of Snapea Crisps (baked snap peas that I buy at WinCo).
  • A just-right container (I can’t remember what it used to be – herbs, maybe?) to hold 6 or so crayons.

Well it may not have been what he packed that did it, but he and his little brother both did amazingly well on the plane. And for that, I am SO grateful.

What do your little ones pack around when they travel?

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3 Responses to What’s in a kid’s travel bag?

  1. Samantha says:

    I don’t know but sign me up for a week at that vacation home (preferably in the winter though); that place looks fabulous!!

  2. Jocelyn says:

    I. know. It is wonderful.
    We want family and friends to use it, too. So we’ll have to be in touch about that, Sam.

  3. Kelsie says:

    one word…meme. The blessed binky.

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