Nothing puts a damper on air travel like a horrendous TSA security checkpoint. Hundreds of people, screaming kids, and the slow shuffle of travelers who would rather be at home in bed… sounds fun, right?… More
Ready, Set, TAKE OFF!
But wait… now you’re bored…
Flights can be long, hot, stressfully and boring. Jane Wandering has the cure you need for solving the boredom problem for the young and old!
Below we have put together an awesome list of fun activities that can be played and created while stuck in an airplane. Some of these ideas are brought by the Jane Wandering team, other by customers, and some discovered on Pinterest. Take a peak and see if any other these activities sound fun to you!
Let the fun begin!
- Listen to music
- Play a Gameboy or electronic game
- Listen to an audio book
- Watch a movie
- Take photos (not of passengers… that’s creepy)
- Live tweet anything happening on the plane
- Play a game of Sudoku
- Read a good book or magazine
- Make up a story
- Start journaling in your Jane Wandering Travel Journal
- Knit or crochet
- Stare out the window and count birds or make shapes out of clouds
- Draw a picture
- Sleep (getting more sleep is always fun)
- Explore the plane, but only when it is safe to unbuckle! We are not responsible if you hit turbulence and fall in someone’s lap. Again… that might be creepy..
- Play the ‘I’d rather have’ Sky Mall game
- Confuse your flight attendance with these fun airplane cocktails, but only if you are over 21!
- Eat! Eating is always a very fun option
- Make origami
- Crossword puzzels
- Make people feel really awkward with the Ostrich Pillow
Seat Mate Fun
- Play magnetic chess or checkers
- Use a Jane Wandering One-the-Go Game Pad
- Make up Mad-libs
- Play cards
- Start a Toilet Paper Race
- Challenge your seat mate to an accent competition
- Play charades
Whether you are stuck on a plane, train, or in a care full of people, check out the Jane Wandering On-the-Go Mini and Original Game Pads. These fun little pads include games such as hang man, connect 5, tic-tac-toe, dots, and MORE! Perfect for children entertaining themselves or making friends with a stranger. Nothing breaks the ice like playing tic-tac-toe!!
By now you know that all us gals at Jane Wandering LOVE to travel and have flown often. We fly so much we are TSA Pre-checked (an awesome investment) and have become packing experts! That is why we have created a list of 10 items we pack for each and every flight.
There is nothing worse than suffering through a crowded airport, boarding your plane, finding your seat, and realizing you forgot something at home or didn’t purchase a snack! Yes, you can sometimes get away with purchasing chips or candy on the plane, but the prices will probably be CRAZY expensive or they might not have what you are craving.
Just so you don’t have to suffer through that scenario we have put together 10 items we ALWAY pack when prepping for a flight. Now this list doesn’t include everything. There are some items we always have, but didn’t picture. Those items would include face wash (if it’s a long flight), a jacket (since I am notoriously cold), and Advil. However, the list we have created sums up our normal travel needs and will save you a pretty penny if you pack them before arriving at the airport.
Items listed from top left corner, clockwise:
Whether it is a reusable bottle you bring from home, or a SmartWater purchased at a newsstand. I never board a plane without a full bottle. This the the one item you can not get through security with. Unless you pack a reusable water bottle and fill it up at a restaurant (just ask, they normally will do it) or water fountain, plan to buy on near your gate.
Headphones or Earbuds
There is nothing worse than a child screaming on a plane or the person next to you smacking their gum. Block those and other irritants out with a pair of headphones and your favorite Playlist. I’ve forgotten my headphone countless times and these babies can run upwards of $30 at the airport versus $5-10 at Target. My favorite brand is Skull Candy, you can find the HERE.
Personally I love Wheat Thins. I only eat them when I travel so it’s always a special little airplane/travel treat! However, on my real cheat days I will pick up some Pringles! YUMM!
Dainty Airplane Necklace
The Dainty Airplane Necklace is around my neck 24/7! I own the version in silver and it is the perfect inspiration for me to jet-set around the world.
Yes, I am packing both a salty and a sweet treat on my plane trips, but hey! It’s vacation! If you haven’t had Brookside Chocolates then get ready for your world to be ROCKED! These little bits of heaven are amazing! I really enjoy the Pomegranate and the Vineyard Grape. The Clusters are amazing too, I just eat those a little too fast.
I’m not a germ freak, but there is something about airplane seats that disgust me. I have read one too many stories about the cleaning methods of airlines and will forever be armed with my hand sanitizer when I board a plane. If I could, I would bring my Clorox wipes and Lysol and go all Molly Maids on my seat!
Cabeau Revolution Travel Neck Pillow
Whether you want to sleep or simply rest your head, this is by far the best head pillow I have owned. When you purchase this head pillow you get earbuds, a cover/bag for it, and an unbelievably comfortable and malleable head rest! The Cabeau Revolution Travel Neck Pillowis the best way to relax and fly!
Sometimes music can only do so much on a long flight. I always stock-up on magazines and whatever book I happen to be reading at the moment. My personal favorite magazine is Self, an awesome collections of health, beauty, and recipes!
Jane Wandering Travel Journals
Ask any of us Jane Wandering gals where our Travel Journals are and we will whip out our book bags. These journals are small enough to fit in a book bag pockets, but sturdy enough to be tossed along side your spare jacket, computer, and books. If you missed our Travel Journal Blog, check it out HERE!
The dry air in a plane is great at making my skin itch, so I come armed with lotion. My favorite brand to carry is Nivea. It has multiple fragrances, but on a plane I like to keep it simple and clean. Just like you wouldn’t spray perfume on a plane, don’t be the person who covers themselves in an array of floral smells suffocating your neighbors. Just remember to keep the liquid contents of your lotion in accordance with TSA rules so they don’t confiscate it!
You can bet that on our trip to Miami at the end of the month we will have all these goodies with us on the plane. So if you ever see a Jane Wandering girl and happen to be craving a Brookside Chocolate… you know who to ask!
Check back this weekend for a fun blog of exciting thing to do to pass time on a long flight!
The idea for Jane Wandering started with Travel Journals. Little books that could fit in a pouch, purse, or book bag pocket. Foldable, customizable, and super easy to use. These little Travel Journals could be designed and utilized for any and every trip you began.
Jane had the travel bug at a young age when her parents would take her on amazing adventures to Jamaica, Germany, France, and all over the U.S. At a young age she would collect memories, post cards, receipts, and other tiny item that would then be incorporated into a scrapbook when she returned home. If you’re an avid scrapbooker than you know these can be very time consuming and expensive. After graduating college and entering the workforce Jane found that not only did she not have time to scrapbook, but the memories she had just created would become fleeting and soon forgotten. That is when the Jane Wandering Travel Journals were created!
Now every journey has a journal, and every journal had a name! Whether it be Shanghai or Beijing, Mexico or Miami, each Travel Journal on Jane’s bookshelf is full of memories, contacts, and exciting trip details!
In this blog post we wanted to break-down what our Travel Journals consist of. Unlike other travel journals out there, Jane has create these journals as a super easy way to document your trip with writing prompts, questions, and then a build-your-own itinerary. This will make looking back on your trips an easy and exciting as the experiences you has. So check out the below information and then grab a journal for yourself and start exploring!
What you’ll find in your Travel Journal!
This might be a given, but it encompasses the entire reason for your trip! With titles such as where you went, who you went with, and how long you were there, this section of your Travel Journal explained who, what, when, where, and why you started your adventure.
Throughout the Travel Journals you will find writing prompts, but also journal pages.
Don’t forget a single thing! Since these journals are standard for any adventure, make sure to add additions items to pack on the blank lines provided!
What You Hope to Discover:
This page is fun because you can break-down exactly when you’re hoping to find/discover! Whether its the black beaches of Iceland (so excited to see this this year) or the Epcot Center at Disney World. Use this page to lay out all the exciting thing you hope to see and discover.
All your journaling pages are numbered so you can go back and create a travel event itinerary. You might only be going to one place in Mexico, but each day probably brough amazing adventures! As you journal abut these adventures make sure to start your itinerary with the page number of that journaling day and what events or discoveries took place!
Looking back at your journals will be so much easier with this itinerary. If you are looking for a certain event it will be documented on these pages!
Jane Wandering Travel Journals have 34 lined journaling pages with a section at the top for the date and location. Whether you are in the same location the entire span of your trip, or backpacking around Southern Asia, use these sections to document when and where you were.
We will get back to these Journaling Pages in a following post with TONS of ideas on what to write, how to journal, and fun ideas Jane and our customers have!
Would you travel here again? This is a serious question when it comes to adventures. Most likely you have come home from at least one trip and thought, “Well, I’m not doing that again!” It might have been the flight, the company, or the location, but this part of your Travel Journal lets you explain all of it!
With a check box to decide if you would go again you can quickly make up your mind. Then two writing prompts; ‘what to remember for next time’ and ‘where you are traveling next’ ask the serious questions. These two prompts are a quick wrap-up of things you may have forgotten to pack and where you hope to explore next!
Current Travel Journal Styles
- Keep it simple! Buttet points, numbers, and scratch maps are your friend! This Travel Journal is for YOU and YOU are the person who will benefit from it.
- Jot down what you think YOU will want to remember. If you are traveling with a friend and they write down every little detail (like I sometimes do), that doesn’t mean you need to.
- When I journal I first and foremost live and explore each day fully. I wait to begin my journaling till right before I go to bed. It allows me to live in the moment, but later on make sure my memories don’t run away from me.
- Draw pictures, use fun fonts, and keep it silly. Unless you are an ultra-serious person, have fun with it! Pages might have ALL CAPITAL WORDS, small words, colored items,
lines, or funny photos of what happened. It makes my journals fun to create and even more exciting to look back at.
- Collect small items like postcards, photos, coins, and pamphlets to include in your journal. Jane Wandering has a Travel Journal Envelope Set that is perfect for incorporating in your journals to store all the items you find. Just save space as your journal to attach these items either at night or when you get back home!
- HAVE FUN! It’s your trip and its YOUR journal. Do it how you want to.
If you are interested in more journaling tips and tricks, make sure to follow our blog! In the coming weeks we will have addition information on these awesome travel gifts.
Let us know if you have any questions, comments, or anything you would like us to post about. Leave a comment or shoot us an email from the Contact Page!
Hey World Travelers! Looking for an awesome and creative way to track all the places you have visited? Check out the Jane Wandering Scratch Globe!
We all love the Original, Ocean, Deluxe, and USA Scratch Maps available on Jane Wandering, but have you seen the Scratch Globe? This awesome new take on the original Scratch Maps is a Do-It-Yourselfer’s dream come true! All the pieces for this awesome globe are shipped ready to be bent, folded, and constructed. No need for glue, scissors, or tape!
We have put together a little how-to article for everyone curious about this product or those of you who are ready to construct one yourself! For the full detailed construction instructions, click HERE!
Let’s get started!
First you’ll notice all parts A have fold lines down the center, start by folding A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7 and A8 so that the printed pattern is on the outside.
All these pieces make up the inside of each vertical segment – a bit like a Chocolate Orange, but thankfully this won’t melt or spoil your Christmas dinner…
Parts B and C make up the horizontal pieces that create the internal structure that all A parts slot into – think of them as mini pizzas!
Take A1 and hold vertically with the patterned side facing outwards.
Insert B1 into the top slot.
Insert C1 into the second slot.
Insert C2 into the third slot.
Insert B2 into the bottom slot.
Make sure you slot these sections all the all the way in so that they are secure. It should look like this:
Starting with D1, place the outer layers onto the Scratch Globe slotting the folded down edges into the gaps at each side. If you’re a travel pro/keen adventurer we won’t need to tell you the direction to do this in because you’ll already be bursting with knowledge about the world. For the rest of you (we’re only judging you a little bit)…it’s anti-clockwise.
Give this 3D Scratch Map to a wanderlust filled friend and let them start scratching off their adventures! Or after all that effort, you might want to keep it for yourself and get them another one!
We love our office Scratch Globe! The only problem is, once we finished constructing the globe and then scratching off where we had been we realized one HUGE problem. There is SO MUCH of this beautiful world we have yet to explore. To correct this problem we have started planning our next trip to… drumroll please… ICELAND!! Get ready to follow our new Blog posts as we prep, save, and pack for our next adventure!
Jane here! I wanted to drop a line and say HELLO from our brand spankin’ new blog.
Like the Jane Wandering website, our blog will provide an abundance of travel ideas, tips, decor, and destinations. If you have an affinity for travel then you have come to the right place!
We want your input too! Curious about any of our products? Want a ‘how-to’ on a travel DIY project on our website? Or maybe you have an awesome travel destination suggestion! Use the Contact page or send us a quick email here and we will respond within 12 hours.
Everyone at Jane Wandering is looking forward to this awesome new step in our company and for this exciting way to share our travels with you all!