Top tips for travelling with kids

Travelling is never quite the same once you have children. You have to factor in the additional cost, luggage and tantrums. All in all it is a highly stressful affair. So with this in mind, here are our top tips for travelling with your little ones:

Keep them ‘appy – forget about the moans and groans from people who complain about how kids are like zombies these days. The reality of going on a trip with children is hard work and you don’t have the luxury of a large toy box at your disposal, so allow electronic devices to give you some well needed peace and tranquillity during your travels. However, set boundaries before the holiday so it is clear when and where any devices can be used.

Fail to prepare, you prepare to fail – preparation is key to ensuring travelling with your young family runs smoothly. Consider making a checklist in advance of your holiday of everything you need. Here’s our quick list of must haves:

  • Snacks (try to avoid sweets)
  • Electronic Devices
  • Books
  • Nappies, wipes and changing mat
  • Basic medicines
  • Passports
  • Strollers
  • Milk/formula and bottles
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Bibs
  • Baby food

Take. Your. Time – one of the most important things you can take when travelling, is your time. Kids have no concept of the time pressures associated with travelling, so make sure you factor in all the exploring, tantrums and toilet stops and leave with plenty of time. If you’re flying to your holiday destination, then checking in, getting through security, picking up snacks in the airport and boarding the plane all takes that much longer when you’re with your little family.

Create a ‘flexible itinerary’ – everyone is different when it comes to making plans, some people like to plan things out way in advance, whilst others prefer to just play things by ear. Either way, when going away with your family, its always a good idea to find things that the whole family can enjoy. Have a look online and see if there are shows or activities that are worth booking in advance.

We hope this article provided some useful information and happy holidays if you’re off anywhere nice.