Yup, that’s it. That’s all that stands between you and travel bliss. (Okay, not entirely, but it does help. Stay with me!) I know, I know, the vacation itself is a gift and calling them presents makes it sound a little bit like bribes for good behavior. So, call them “surprises,” then. Whatever the term, small, new (to them) items make long trips more enjoyable for everyone.
I started with little board books and small, hand-held (silent!) toys on my first solo plane trip with my daughter, Josephine, when she was about a year and a half old. Now she’s approaching seven, and it’s solidly turned into a tradition—one we both look forward to. Here are a few of my guiding principles:
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