Hi, I'm not sure when you're leaving on the train, so hope this post isn't too late! I've got an active 2yo boy and we've travelled a bit and here are some ideas that I gathered :
Have a bag purely for your daughter's things so she can go through it without you worrying about your wallet, keys, documents etc.
I just bought a little backpack with a handle and wheels so it acts as a luggage trolley for him to lug around ; since it's a backpack, I can easily carry it and still keep my hands free.
A blank exercise book to doddle in and pens / pencils / crayons.
I printed off a whole stack of colour-in pictures from his fav cartoons, cars, trucks, trains, planes (he's a boy's boy!) and animals and numbers...anything that he enjoyed looking at.
Little stickers - I'm cheap, I get a role of masking tape and draw little pictures on it to create stickers on the go. Plus they come off easily.
Self-inking stamp is great too but specify stamping only in the book (I actually let DS stamp his hands as well)
Little calculator that looks like a mobile - DS is not at all impressed with toy phones and wants one that actually looks real.
I'm hesitant about little jigsaws and toys with many parts because they can get lost easily. If you want to bring them (my son has a fav jigsaw puzzle that I bring everywhere), keep each set in a ziplock bag.
A couple of new books - Samuel's into trains, so i got him 2 new little Thomas tank engine story books.
I also go to the discount store and get duplicate toys - a set of 3 little cars, party favours are great and cheap and come in sets so that if you lose one, it's not a big deal.
I printed off the lyrics of loads of TV songs and nursery rhymes and sang till I was hoarse, but DS loved it smile In fact, we do it in the car all the time, and I make up songs about things we see or are doing.
OK, so this is a VERY LONG post!
Sorry! Got a bit carried away.
We're planning a holiday in June, so I'm brimming with ideas at the moment smile
C4Lin, WA ; DS(1) 25 02 04 ; DS(2) 10 10 06