22 March 2012

Travel Treats: A Big Haul for a Long Haul


Our up coming trip includes a glorious non-stop flight from London to home that we are SO looking forward to as a way of travel. It took us 36 hours to get home from Morocco last year, with a sleepover in Madrid (which turned out to be a highlight of our trip believe it or not) and a crazy long wait in Heathrow the next day (a nice airport to be stuck in). 

This time our long trek is on our way there ... better I think ... when we are still "fresh". We've collected this pile of goodies to help pass the time in the Calgary airport, the already long over Atlantic flight, as well as the great airport switch in London (from Heathrow to Gatwick) as we take a day and a half to get to Vienna. Sure, we could do it quicker. But we're cheap.

Anyway, the pile makes me smile. It looks way more elaborate than it is really. Here's a list of what's inside:
  • Lost Cities Travel Game (reportedly a fun way to hone math skills)
  • My wooden travel chess set that my Uncle Ronnie gave me when I was about Spud's age. 
  • Books! Melonhead, Dunderheads, Kit Feeny, Horrid Henry etc
  • A Roll of Giant Rockets (called Smarties in the States and Fizzes in the UK I just learned)
  • A Giant Sucker
  • Fun Dip ( Hubs and I have fond memories of these at his age)
  • Non-peppermint Candy Stick (what kid hates peppermint? mine.)
  • LEGO Mini-figures
  • Angry Birds Dog Tags
We are travelling pretty light, one bag each, so the list is carefully thought out ... consumable or compact with high entertainment value or just downright practical (dog tags!). Along the way, before the boredom bug bites, we'll whip out one of these packages. The candy will be doled carefully, when we are trying to keep him awake, like say, right before landing. I speak from experience when I say it's difficult to deplane an 85 lb sleepyhead while juggling with luggage in a small space surrounded by cranky travellers. Hopefully some Fun Dip will help. Don't judge me.