6 Tips on travelling with young kids

It’s always nice to get away for a few days, but the thought of travelling with small children can sometimes be quite daunting! It needn’t be. With some pre-planning, it’ll be an enjoyable break for everyone. Here are some tips to help make your journey a little easier.
It’s always nice to get away for a few days, but the thought of travelling with small children can sometimes be quite daunting! 

It needn’t be. With some pre-planning, it’ll be an enjoyable break for everyone.

Travelling with young kids

Here are 6 tips on travelling with young kids to help make your journey a little easier.

1. Planning

  • To help reduce stress and avoid queues, try to pre-book all your tickets before you travel.
  • Book direct flights or train trips to cut down on travel time. Non-stop flights also save you from having to rush to get to your next connection with young kids in tow.
  • Plan for a mixture of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy whilst you’re away.
  • Allow plenty of time to travel to the airport, train station or ferry terminal for check-in to help ease the stress.
  • Pack as lightly as you can for everyone.

2. For the journey

  • Keep essentials (nappies, wipes, snacks, drinks, toys etc) all in one place in a handy bag.
  • Take a few of your kids’ favourite toys, books or blankets to help comfort them whilst travelling.
  • Pack some new toys and books too to help prevent boredom and to keep them entertained during the journey.
  • Dress the kids in breathable, comfortable clothes to help them relax during the trip.
  • Take plenty of healthy snacks to fend off their hunger and keep them occupied whilst you’re travelling.

3. Driving

  • On the road, stop regularly to allow kids to move about and to get some fresh air.
  • Fix a sunscreen on the car window beside them to prevent sunburn.
  • Depending on your trip, hiring a car at your destination for a few days will give you flexibility and independence when travelling 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 the amount you need to take.

4. Flying

  • Use a stroller, front pack or ride-on to save small kids from having to walk long distances across 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.
  • Take a change of clothes for you and your children onto the plane, just in case your held up in transit or your bags get lost.
  • Flying overseas with a baby or toddler under 2 years old? Try and book an infant bassinet to help make your flight a little more bearable.

5. 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 travelling 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 at your accommodation will be in.

6. When you arrive

  • Don’t pack too much into each day. 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 they have at home.

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