Every seasoned parent knows that you need some kind of toddler busy bags for airplane travel to help keep your children entertained on journeys.
Nowadays, there are some great services where you can buy ready filled packs but they are a lot more expensive than making them yourself.
It’s hard to find the time to do it yourself though, especially when you need to take your kids to the shops with you and then they see everything you are getting and want it RIGHT NOW.
So I’ve pulled together a handy Amazon shopping list for you so you can get some cheap, tried and tested travel busy bags for toddlers from the ease of your phone, delivered right to your door.
Toddler busy bags for airplane
Best bag for toddler busy bags for airplane
Firstly, we get some cheap drawstring bags for the goodies.
This then goes inside the carry on bag they have where we also put their electronics, snacks, books and teddies etc.
All the new exciting things go inside the drawstring bag though. It just helps to keep it extra special for them and organised for us.
Art and craft items for travel busy bag for toddlers
What’s a busy bag without some colouring things. We love these Crayola colour wonder packs as they can only colour on the actual paper with the pens so you don’t have to worry about them marking any public transport or accommodation with them.
This is a similar Melissa and Doug set that allows your toddler to colour with a water pen – no risk of getting pens or paints on the seats with this.
Melissa & Doug Water WOW! Animals Magic Painting Books with Water Pens | Water Colouring Books for Children Age 3 4 5 6 7 | Travel Toys for Toddlers on Plane Activities for Kids Travel Activity Packs
- MAGIC PAINTING PENS & KIDS COLOURING BOOKS FOR BOYS OR GIRLS - This animal themed magic water colouring book includes an easily refillable magic water pen and 4 reusable activity pads with a search-and-find activity for each; The scenes spring to life with colour when wet, and return
If you are happy for them to have real crayons then these little travel colouring packs with crayons are ideal for travel. We like this affordable Peppa Pig one.
This cheap scratch card pack will let them draw in a novel way without damaging the aircraft.
Childrens A5 Scratch Art Doodle Sheets Card Craft Drawing Activity's Rainbow Party Bag Toy
- Specially coated blank sheets for kids to scratch out their chosen design and create a stunning rainbow picture.
- Pack includes : 5 Art Sheets & 1 x Design Tool
- Perfect for childrens parties or rainy days and a fun way for young ones to express themselves .
Surprise eggs for toddler busy bags for airplane
Kids love to open things so no busy bag is complete without some kind of surprise egg. Here are a couple of our favourites:
Rainbocorns Itzy Glitzy Surprise Collectible Eggs
- RAINBOCORNS ITZY GLITZY SURPIRSE: These mini Rainbocorns love all things glitter, sparkles and bling With removable bows and wings, there are so many ways to collect, mix and match with Itzy Glitzy’s
- FIND THE RARE ITZY GLITZY’S: There are 26 Itzy Glitzy’s to collect, including Blinger the rare
Smashers Mini Light Up Surprise Egg Series 4 - Mini Stegosaurus Egg with Surprises! Unbox, Build & Battle Light Up Dinos (Stegosaurus) by ZURU
- SMASH IT OPEN: Smash open the NEW Smashers Mini Light Up Dino to discover the Dino surprises inside!
- BUILD YOUR COLLECTION: Collect all three SMASH-O-SAUR DINOS – the T-Rex, Spinosaurus and Stegosaurus.
- EXCAVATE ALL NEW SURPRISES: Smash the egg, tear the Meteorite Bag, and explore!
- ROARSOME PLAY: Flick
Educational items for travel busy bags
It’s great to have something educational in there too. For older kids, my 6 year old, we loved this. He could do the activities himself and there is a broad range of things to do in there. It’s quite thick so also helped entertain him during down time in our hotel room.
For pre-schoolers this little activity book helps to start learning about phonics ready for school.
I like to add a new book in for the trip, not only can we read it on the plane but we can also read it at bedtimes or downtime.
If I have very little ones then I like books about airplanes and airports to help them understand what is going to happen.
When my kids were toddlers they both loved this busy board book. It has bits you lift and pull to make it interactive and exciting for them.
I also like books about holidays to help get them excited. On our recent trip both my 3 and 6 year old loved this sweet book ‘What the ladybird heard on holiday’.
Stickers for toddler busy bags for airplane travel
And finally, no travel items for toddlers list would be complete without a pack of stickers. This will keep them going for ages!
KmmiFF Sticker Book Toys for 2 3 4 Year Olds Boys Girls,Reusable Sticker Books for Toddlers Crafts for Kids Age 2 3,Dinosaur Sticker Book Toys for Boys Age 2-5,Birthday Gifts for Girls 2 3 Year Old
- ✅ 【Reusable Sticker Books Set】 – 3 colorful sticker book including Dinosaur , Vehicle and Space. The different theme allowed kids to make up different storylines and dress-ups. It is very suitable for kids age 1-6 who can put stickers on any position on the book as he
Snacks for travel busy bags for toddlers
I’ve not added snacks as we usually buy those in the airport but lots of snacks are also essential for the busy bag – however much you think you need, double it!
Happy travels, may your journey be short and uneventful.
I hope you find this helpful!
If you liked this post you might also like:
- Getting the ferry from Newcastle to Amsterdam with kids
- Abora Interclub Atlantic Gran Canaria review
- North Shire Hagrid’s Hut review
- Toddler won’t brush teeth? 11 tips for brushing your children’s teeth
If you have enjoyed this post or found it useful, here are some quick and easy ways that you can support Nomipalony or say thanks:
- Share this post with your friends
- Follow Nomipalony on Facebook, X, Instagram, Pinterest or YouTube
- Pop over to my Amazon Storefront to see what products I have been buying and loving from there recently, including my health and fitness products list.
- Click here to buy me a virtual cuppa
- Sign up to my mailing list
- Women can join my feminist Facebook group – the Nomipalony Freehouse
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase through an affiliate link you will not be charged any more for your purchase, but I will receive a small fee for referring you. As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. For my full disclosure policy, please see my about page.
This post was first published in June 2018 and last updated July 2023.