15 stress-free tips for travelling with kids

Pack appropriately for the kids. Photo: iStock

Pack appropriately for the kids. Photo: iStock

The Easter holidays are just around the corner meaning a family trip away (and the stresses and joys) that come with it.

But there’s no need to worry too much about how you and your children will survive the journey – because we’ve got some hot tips to make sure you’ll have a more relaxing holiday.

Top 10 tips for travelling with kids

  1. Keep your children well hydrated (and stay well-hydrated yourself). Doesn’t matter what form of transport you’re using – having the right hydration helps the overall health and wellbeing of your nearest and dearest.
  2. Pack plenty of toys. If you have more than one child make sure they each have enough toys to keep them each amused – it can help avoid arguments.
  3. On a plane it’s a good idea to ask for seats in the bulkhead or near an exit. This gives your child extra space to play and explore.
  4. If you’re flying long distance try an overnight flight – that way your children can sleep without going too stir crazy.
  5. Avoid the lollies and sweet stuff on your journey (which can be a difficult one over Easter). Because, two words: sugar crash.
  6. Check your passports – especially your children’s as they run out much sooner than adults. Nothing worse than booking those tickets then realising you can’t go.
  7. Involve your teenagers in holiday planning so they feel they’ve had a say in what you’re doing.
  8. Encourage them to keep a travel journal – because they’ll either have great memories to record (or their teenage angst – we’ve all been there).
  9. Take an iPad or other tablet and headphones for your children to watch their favourite shows or movies that you can download beforehand.
  10. Pack appropriate clothes for your kids for the trip – it may seem overly simple but having the right clothes and accessories for them can make travel a lot less stressful. Pack warm clothes for a cool climate and sun hats, sunglasses and sunscreen for the warm climates.

Your kids will thank you. Well, maybe.

Booking a seat near the exit seats can give your kids more room to play. Photo: iStock

Booking a seat near the exit seats can give your kids more room to play. Photo: iStock

Hot accessories for kids travel

Of course, your kids need to be stylish while en-route. Here’s some of the best kids accessories we’ve found online.

Travel pillow:

The BenBat Lion travel pillow. Photo: supplied

The BenBat Lion travel pillow. Photo: supplied

 

A travel pillow makes all the difference no matter how old you are and this BenBat Lion Travel Pillow is a great accessory for young kids. With neck and head support (and a super cute design) it is a handy addition for many happy journeys.

Costs: $24.95

Stockist: www.littlegulliver.com.au 

 

Headphones:

Moki Poppers are cute and very useful for kids. Photo: supplied

Moki Poppers are cute and very useful for kids. Photo: supplied

 

These Moki Poppers headphones are not only super cute, they’re also padded and adjustable so your children to use. They can listen to their favourite music mix or watch their ultimate TV shows or movies without bothering other passengers.

Costs: $34.95

Stockist: www.littlegulliver.com.au 

 

Carry on:

Una the Unicorn carry on luggage for the kids by Trunki. Photo: supplied

Una the Unicorn carry on luggage for the kids by Trunki. Photo: supplied

A bag you can ride on as well! So awesome. Sadly this one is only for the young people – otherwise this writer would totally get one herself for those boring waits at the airport. This is Una the Unicorn (naw, so cute) but there’s heaps of other fun designs you can get your hands on.

Costs: $89.95

Stockist: www.trunki.com.au

 

Travel journal:

Typo's Buffalo Travel Journal. Photo: supplied

Typo’s Buffalo Travel Journal. Photo: supplied

 

Actually, this Buffalo Travel Journal from Typo can be used by both the young and the young at heart. It’s great for kids to record all their travel memories with the family and all the great stuff they’ve seen along the way.

Costs: $29.99

Stockist: www.cottonon.com/AU/shop-by-brand/typo/

 

Bag tags:

kikki-k-bag-tag

Identifying bags at the airport can be one of those stressful moments – is that black bag my child’s? Or is it that one? Well, you don’t have such worries with this kikki-K canvas bag tag (they have others too). It’s bright and has space to write names. Perfect for identifying your child’s bags.

Costs: $9.95

Stockist: www.kikki-K.com

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