Tips on travelling with your little ones

Tips on travelling with your little ones

Tips on travelling with your little ones

Travel is an exciting part of your family life. Though traveling with kids can be stressful. How can you make it easier? Pre-planning is key.

  1. Planning inadvance
  • Try to pre-book all the tickets (airplane, amusement park etc) if possible before traveling to avoid unpleasant surprises .
  • Transfer and connections can be one of the biggest challenges when you travel with kids. Try to book direct flights/ train travel. They might be slightly more expensive, but the time you save in connections, will reduce stress and make for a pleasant trip the whole family can enjoy. During flights or car rides, prepare some easy and fun activities (that won’t disturb others around you) to keep kids entertained. Consider your kids’ age to make avoid overtiredness.
  • Schedule plenty of time to arrive to the airport, ferry or train station for check-in to avoid tantrum delays.
  • Certainly, every family member needs to bring stuff with them. Remember, managing children and lots of heavy luggage is a challenge that you want to avoid. Pack as lightly as possible.
  1. Transit
  • Essentials (drinks, snacks, nappies, toys) should be all in one place in a handy bag. Young kids travel with a lot of things, so try to keep the essentials all in one place so they're easy to get to.
  • Take a few of your kids’ favourite toys, books or a blanket to help comfort them whilst they're traveling.
  • To keep young kids entertained when you're traveling, pack some new toys and books too to help prevent boredom during the journey.
  • Breathable, comfortable clothes will help your kids relax during the trip.
  • Little kids have little tummies and get hungry more often than adults, so take plenty of healthy snacks to fend off their hunger and keep them occupied whilst you’re traveling.
  1. Driving with young kids
  • When going on a road trip with young kids in tow, stop regularly to allow them to move about and to get some fresh air (and use the bathroom!). Factor in some extra time for your trip in case there’s an ice-cream shop, or a photo opportunity.
  • In summer especially, fix a sun shade to the car window to prevent sunburn and heatstroke.
  • Depending on your trip, hiring a car at your destination for a few days will give you flexibility and independence when traveling with young kids, rather than having to rely on local transport systems.
  • You can also hire car seats and other equipment in advance to help cut down on what you need to take with you.
  1. Flying with young kids
  • Try to allow plenty of time to get to the airport and to get through security. There are a lot of strange and scary noises and people, so take your time to make sure your child is comfortable. 
  • Use a stroller, front pack or ride-on to save young kids from having to walk long distances through the airport.
  • If you’re flying, most airlines will allow you to push your umbrella stroller all the way to the gate and unload it first so it’s ready when you leave the aircraft. Check with your airline before you fly about their policy as it does vary from airline to airline.
  • Take a change of clothes for you and your children onto the plane, just in case you're held up in transit, your bags get lost or there’s a mid-flight “accident”.
  • Flying overseas with a baby or toddler under 2 years old? Try and book an infant bassinet to help make your flight a little easier. 
  1. Choosing your accommodation 
  • Self-contained motels and apartments are often cheaper and have more room than hotels. They also have kitchen facilities and washing machines which can be really useful when traveling with young kids.
  • Depending on your trip you may want to take your own portacot with you. Not only will your little one be familiar with it, but you never know what condition the cot and mattress will be like at your accommodation.
  1. When you arrive
  • Don’t pack too much into each day. Young kids have short attention spans and tire easily.
  • Try and get into the local time zone as quickly as possible and re-establish the routines your kids have at home.

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