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Stress Free Travel With Kids

This fortnights guest post is from Lisa at What2buy4kids Stress free travel with kids…sounds like a contradiction in terms, doesn’t it? I thought so too. When we first travelled with kids, it was so stressful that we got to our destination with overexcited kids, me in bits and my other half saying he’d never do it again.

I knew something had to change if we ever wanted to leave the house for an extended journey again.  I realised the key to stress free travel is preparedness and proper packing. It all comes down to your carry-on bag (or front seat bag if you’re driving) and what you put in it. I’m happy to share my top tips for stress free travel with kids, hope they help you too!

Here is what you can put in your carry-on bag: (I suggest packing each item separately in a resealable plastic bag within the main bag. That makes it so much easier to find things.)

  • Snacks:

When travelling with kids, snacks are essential- low sugar snacks are best. Raisins, dry cereal, grapes, nuts, cereal bars, crackers, dried fruit are great options. 

  • A drinks bottle:

A hydrated kid is a happy kid. If travelling by plane, you won’t be able to take liquid in a drinks bottle but you can pour a drink into it later. It will be easy to use, less likely to spill and you can take it everywhere.

  • A first aid kit including medicine:

Pack the individual sachets of Calpol, a thermometer, plasters, cool strips plus any medicine you need for yourself.

  • A change of clothes for all of you:

You may be delayed or get messy or wet. Take clothes for all of you, and bring an extra layer in case of a change of temperature.

  • Entertainment:

We sometimes rely on electronics for the kids’ entertainment, but I find that too much screen time can result in a restless traveller.  Travel games, a pack of cards, craft sets, drawing kits, sticker books and audio books are super entertainment when on the go.

  • Gift wrapped toys to be presented throughout the trip:

There’s nothing like the power of a present to keep behaviour on track and keep kids occupied. Perhaps you can find a mini tea set, some party bag toys or a little fiddle toy to wrap up. You don’t need to spend a fortune, but the results will be priceless.

  • A baby carrier:

A baby carrier is an essential item when travelling with a baby. It’s so useful when walking through an airport or when baby won’t settle in an airplane seat and you need your hands free to tend to other things. 

  • Pillows, travel blankets and cosy socks/slippers:

Travelling can be uncomfortable. There are special kids’ backpacks that convert into pillows and blankets; consider investing in those if it makes travel more comfortable. Encourage the kids to kick off their shoes and get comfortable in some cozy socks or slippers too.

  • Your personal items

Your comfort is important too. If you prepare for yourself, you’ll be more relaxed and that will rub off on the kids.

Finally, as well as having your own essential carry-on bag, remember that kids love their very own bags. If you give them a bag with a character or theme that they love on it, they are more likely to carry it on their own! Get a bag that can easily slip under the seat or in a space near them, so that you don’t have to struggle to access it when travelling. Or consider one of those rolling bags that the kids can sit on when you go through the airport. Encourage them to pack a few items that will entertain them and keep them occupied so that when your supplies run out, there is somewhere else to turn and your travels will remain stress free. Happy travels!

About the blogger

I’m Lisa, mum of 3 and an ex primary school teacher turned toy hunter. My blog follows my journey in finding top quality, educational toys and games for children as well as all things parenting.

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