In anticipation of our Christmas trip to visit Grandma and Grandpa, the kind people at LovetoTravelProducts.com sent me one trayblecloth each for Tessa and Reed. Tessa's was a polka-dot pattern and Reed's was a soccer design (others are available). They are compact and light, and fit easily into pockets of a suitcase or backpack. The introductory price is a reasonable $20 (which turned out to be cheaper that several bottles of airline-sized gin).
These covers fit over the "tray table in front of you," a boon for germaphobes. There are pockets to hold small toys and maybe an iPod nano (for kids unlike mine who don't have mean parents -- waaaaah). Included with the trayblecloth are dry-erase pens and pre-printed sheets with tic-tac-toe and hangman games. The sheets go under a plastic cover and games can thus be played over and over again. The plastic also protects the games from spilled apple juice (don't ask).
We're giving the trayblecloths the thumbs up. For each of four legs of the trip, Rob and I got about 20 minutes at a stretch to read our own books, talk with each other and listen to our own iPods
But eventually, someone would have to "go to the bathroom," which is kiddie code for "I want to converse with all the other passengers in the airplane."
I'd be interested in a remedy for THAT travel problem, but for now, consider this my endorsement of these nifty traveling items that will be coming with us on future trips. If you'd like more information, check out this video and then order your own.
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