For many people, the idea of a bus or plane journey with toddlers can be unnerving. Have you experienced the fear of tiredness, boredom and sickness setting in and causing disruption to other passengers? Don’t fret, travelling with young kiddies doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With a little planning, preparation and careful packing you can ensure a hassle-free trip with your little ones.
We’ve compiled a list of useful tips to help you on your way to stress-free family holiday.
Make sure to pack some handy snacks to avoid a hungry child turning into a grumpy one! It’s best to opt for some healthy fruit or savoury snacks, as sugary treats will only add fuel to the fire if they are tired!
2. Allow plenty of time
Allow plenty of time in case of unexpected delays in road traffic and flight departures. Minimise the time spent in Airport queues by checking in online beforehand, leaving more time to drop off your luggage and the security checks. Most airports advise passengers to arrive at the Airport between 90 minutes to 3 hours prior to your flight time (depending on short haul/long haul destinations.)
3. Air Pressure
Flying can be an horrible experience for children if they are confined but also the air pressure can lead to problems with their ears. To help with the change in pressure, stock up on some sweets, a lollipop or drink to give them when taking off and landing. The sensation of popping ears can be scary and often leads to disgruntled, teary kids.
4. Baby Wipes
Although a must-have at all times, baby wipes become a parents most-valuable resource when travelling. When a mess occurs on the go, limited facilities can make the clean-up operation tricky. Baby wipes are a life saver when it comes to a speedy nappy change, messy eating and everything else in between!
5. Extra clothes
When kids are around, mess is inevitable. Make sure to pack some extra clothes and nappies to deal with any accidents or spillages your little one may have. Also prepare for when you land in case the weather isn’t as you would expect for example pack kids waterproof jackets. This will ensure you are prepared for all weathers!
6. Apps and Games
While we don’t want our kids to be sitting on screens all the time, sometimes it is needed specially travelling. So make sure you download suitable child friendly games and apps to keep them occupied. And don’t forget those headphones too!
It can be challenging to get your children to sit still at the best of times, never mind on a bus or plane full of strangers. While you can’t guarantee your little one will be on their best behaviour on board, a little preparation can go a long way. With some careful planning, you can help distract them from boredom to make the travel experience a pleasant one for the whole family.