My daughter selected the backpack she would like to take on vacation with us, and mama got to work packing it up for her...she won't see its contents until we are up in the air. I am not concerned about her first flying experience*, as she is a rather sedentary and relaxed sort of kid, but I do want to make it enjoyable and special.
Mom tip: The Dollar Tree is an amazing place to find great treats for the airplane, or vacation in general. With a bevvy of DIsney licensed products (yes, still at $1 each!) I was able to create a fun goody bag for the kiddo. Some of these items are going into her backpack, and others will be saved as surprises for once we are on the ship.
necessities in her backpack
2 pull-ups, wipes, Kleenex package
(new) Frozen water bottle from WalMart (98 cents) to add water after TSA
small packed breakfast (PB&J, fruit, cookies and we bought a Silk soy milk box near our gate)
new, fun goodies in her backpack
Fancy Nancy markers
small magnetic doodle board
Disney characters surprise packs (found CHEAP at PTA sale)
Fancy Nancy stickers
cheap finds for on-board fun
glow sticks and bracelets from Dollar Tree
Mickey Mouse bubble bath
mini sand toys for Castaway Cay
In a nutshell, very little cost can equal a whole lot of fun surprises. Go explore your local Dollar Tree and see what goodies you can find for your next Disney vacation.
*Update post-travel - the kid wanted off the plane in about an hour, but we managed to keep her (mostly) occupied for the duration of the flight.