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When travelling with kids, there are different items that can make the entire process that bit easier for both you and your children. Whether it’s a car journey or a long-haul flight, we’ve broken down some of the essentials for travelling with children so you can be prepared.
Have a bag of your child’s favourite snacks in tow to prevent any cravings or crankiness while travelling. Try not to bring food high in sugar to avoid energy jumps or crashes mid-journey, and steer clear of messy foods like yoghurt to avoid spills. We recommend storing snacks in a zip-lock bag to keep everything fresh and contained for the duration of your travels. If travelling with an infant, ensure you pack enough food and formula to last the duration of the journey, with a little extra in case of delays.
Ensure you’ve got a supply of essentials to keep any messes at bay.
An easily forgotten gem, wet wipes have infinite uses and are especially convenient while travelling. They can clean spills or stains in a pinch, clean food remnants from mouths and hands and for sanitizing arm-rests and fold-out trays on public transport. Baby bibs and towels should also be brought in hand held luggage if you’re planning on feeding little ones while on the move.
On transport like planes, trains and buses, temperatures can fluctuate significantly so layering up is always a wise move. Layers can easily be removed if it gets too warm and added to as temperatures drop. Be sure to have a blanket packed too if it’s a particularly long trip and you feel your child may need to nap along the way
Nothing says comfort like a child’s favourite toy and it’s so important they have a personal treasure or two with them while travelling. A doll or stuffed animal’s presence will provide reassurance if, for example, it is their first time on an airplane, while items like their favourite blankets will help with relaxation and drifting off during long journeys.
The longer the journey, the more variety in entertainment you’ll need to keep your kids happy. Ensure each child has their own electronic device and charger packed, as well as earphones. Pre-download their favourite movies to a tablet or phone to ensure entertainment isn’t in short supply, or have their top albums stored on a music-playing device. Handheld game consoles like a Nintendo will also help pass the time.