The last time I flew: with Joe & Diego in '05
After making those tiny blank books the other day, I saw this description on Elsa's book blog of why miniature books became popular in the late 19th Century: "One could carry a vast number of books in a small case for when one travelled."
A light bulb went off! These would be fun to have on the plane, and they are TINY! I quickly made some miniature photo books to stash in my backpack. One has family portraits, one has pictures from our last camping trip, and one has pictures of Julio doing all sorts of things that he loves doing at home. I made lots of them! They were so quick to make, and I used packing tape to laminate the pages before I folded and glued them, so they look like tiny, glossy magazines.
What else do I need for traveling with a toddler? I asked some mom friends who travel a lot, and the advice I've gotten so far is this:
"Bring one new thing for every hour on the plane. They can be simple things like a new cup, book or spoon."
"Bring lots of snacks."
And my favorite, so far:
"Hand out earplugs and cookies to the people around you as soon as you sit down, 'cause you're going to need some friends!"
I'm really hoping that I'll get some payback for all of the times that I offered to hold and entertain young travelers when I was flying solo. Have you traveled alone with a little one? Got any advice for me?