My kids get so excited every time we head for the airport. There are the Trunki races up and down the airport, the promise of the iPad when they get on the plane, and of course the anticipation of the holiday that we are about to go on.
But I often wonder how much of this they will remember. I’m pretty good at taking lots of photos of them, but they are still too young to keep a journal (I tried to do it for them following our holiday in Northern Queensland, but it took me hours and so that little project was never repeated again).
So this is where the Flight Logbook comes in – a little book to record all the flights they have taken. There are plenty of kids flight logbooks on the market, but one of the best and most personal I have seen is this one from Simply for Flying, and I was lucky to be sent a logbook for each of my children from Simply for Flying to review.
The Simply for Flying Logbook is simple, but beautifully presented. Each flight is awarded a double-page spread. On the left you record all the details of the flight: date, point of origin, destination, airline, flight number, plus some geeky details that I left blank for the crew to fill in: aircraft type, registration, flying time and distance.
There’s even a place on the page for the Captain to write and sign his name, which is pretty cool. Both our Captains ignored the space for comments, choosing to hand them over to the First Officer to fill in his details instead, but that’s ok! If you are going to hand over the book for the Captain to sign, make sure you remember to hand it over early on in the flight so the crew have plenty of time to make arrangements for you.
The other side of the double-page is left blank as a ‘Travel Journal’ for your children to fill in. As my kids are still only two years old and four years old, we used this space to draw a picture, or just stick in their boarding card. As they get older, they will be able to write a little report in here.
The logbook is about passport-sized (slightly thicker), making it easy to slip into your bag, without taking up valuable hand luggage space. There’s a map at the back to colour in and also a time zone chart, conversion tables and a little checklist of countries to tick off.
The Simply for Flying Logbook is a very sweet little keepsake item. My kids are very proud of theirs and love handing them over to the crew, and looking for the Captain’s signature when they are returned. It would make a lovely gift for a child who travels frequently.
Now my only problem is that I am under pressure not to forget to pack it on all our holidays!
You may also like our review of the Little Passports subscription service, perfect for little travellers! Read it here.