Essentials for young kids
One word, books. And lots of them.
Bring along a favourite that can be relied upon when all else fails. Buy a new one for the holiday that you can use on the flight to distract them or keep them busy. Consider bringing colouring-in books and crayons as well – always good to fill in time or quieten their minds as they begin to wind down for the evening.
As a side note: if you plan on visiting local schools or communities while in Fiji, colouring books and crayons are always a welcomed (and inexpensive for travellers) gift to bring along to say thank you.
Essentials for tweens and teenagers
Ideally your tween or teenager will be so busy swimming, surfing, or snorkelling, you won’t have to try and keep them entertained. Most of the resorts have a kids’ club and there are some that are specifically tailored to older children.
However, you know your tween or teen, and you know how susceptible they are to mood swings.
If you have any intentions of a device-free trip to Fiji, you may find this difficult to uphold, particularly if your older child is on social media or into gaming.
I would suggest packing the tablet and/or portable gaming console and their own set of headphones anyway, as these will come in useful on the flight over or in transit between resorts or islands. They may also come in handy when it comes to encouraging your child to make good behaviour choices.
If your older child likes to journal, it may also be a fun (and educational) idea for them to bring along their own books and pens so that they can reflect on their adventure each evening and try to commit their traveling memories to paper.