Tips for Travelling with Kids 

Tips for Travelling with Kids 

As a first time mum of twins, the thought of travelling with them used to fill me with dread – especially when they were in nappies. Having had PND and high anxiety didn’t help either. But I have travelled with my children since they were 10 months and I thought I would put a little tip sheet together for anyone nervous or looking for some tips for travelling with kids.

My children have been on 3 UK and 3 overseas holidays, all at different ages. Not as well travelled as some kids their age (4) but nonetheless, they still have experienced travelling at different stages. Of course, the older they get, the easier it gets and I have dreams of travelling to far away places with my two in the near future.

Travelling within Your Own Country 

Whilst travelling within your own country sounds like a fairly simple task, it should be treated in a similar way to travelling overseas. Travelling long distances has its pros and cons but here are some tips to help you get by.

  • Decide if you will travel via plane, car or train.
  • Plan ahead and get an idea of when and where you’ll be making stops on your journey. 
  • Depending on their age, get them involved with the prep process and get them to help you pack their own backpacks. 
  • Take colouring in books, colouring pencils, stickers and activity packs.
  • Fully charge iPads/tablets before leaving.
  • Download films from places such a Netflix or Disney Life.
  • Take snacks and water – I use their silicon water bottles and yum boxes for snacks.
  • If you know of any landmarks on the way, get them to look out for them when you know you are close.
  • Pack spare pants and bottoms in case of accidents.
  • Keep them updated on the journey and talk them through it as best as possible. 
  • Play games such as I spy and where possible, take mini travel games such as a pack of cards, Guess Who, Ludo, Connect 4 and so on. Crossword puzzles and word searches are great for older kids. 
  • Depending on the weather, take blankets and neck pillows for extra comfort.
  • If possible, take headphones for when they watch the movies to avoid distracting you or others whilst you travel and to avoid ‘backseat’ arguments over who has the loudest iPad. 
  • If you can, pack a first aid kit just in case.
  • Pack wet wipes/flannel.

Travelling Overseas

We have only ever travelled on 4/5 hour flights as door-to-door this has equated to around 7/8 hours of travel (without delays). It can be a really long stretch at the best of times especially for young children. Much like the list above, it’s all about entertaining and keeping them as comfortable as possible. 

  • Discuss the journey with your children, help them understand the journey in steps. 
  • Depending on their age, get them involved with the prep process and get them to help you pack their own backpacks.
  • We used to take Trunki’s with us and have found they have been more of a hindrance than a help. We still love them for packing for long weekends or overnight trips but to take on a plane, they are a nightmare. Backpacks are so much easier.
  • Label their backpacks and expensive items in case they get mislaid on the journey.
  • Get them to wear a wristband with your immediate contact number on. 
  • Dress them in comfortable clothing. Layers are great as they will get hot and cold from sitting down and walking.
  • Pack spare pants and bottoms in case of accidents.
  • Take colouring in books, colouring pencils, stickers and activity packs.
  • Fully charge iPads/tablets before leaving.
  • Download films from places such a Netflix or Disney Life.
  • Pack them a thin blanket and a neck pillow for extra comfort.
  • Take mini travel games.
  • Pack wet wipes.
  • I also pack arnica with me in sugar ball form (always check potency suitable for children). The benefits of arnica can be found here.
  • I also allow my two to have a little airport treat – they have a small allowance to spend on what they like whilst we are there.

We just have to be mindful that children will get tired, they will get cranky and they need our patience and understanding. Ensuring they have enough fluids, food and rest will ease the journey. Keeping them occupied, engaged and up-to-date with the journey process will also help. But above all, keep the travelling aspect of it fun for them and they will soon become excellent travellers.

Good luck!

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2 Comments

  1. 31st July 2018 / 9:10 am

    Some really great tips here. iPads are a life saver!
    If traveling in the UK, I always keep a small emergency bag I. The car with a change of clothes. Really helped me out recently when we stayed at a festival xx

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      31st July 2018 / 10:15 am

      Such a good idea! Thank you lovely xxx

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