Does the thought of getting on an airplane with your toddler or a road trip with your teen break you out in hives? Take the stress out of travelling with your children with our tried and tested hacks.
Write a checklist and tick it off as you pack so you don’t forget anything vital. Don’t wait until the last moment to pack, do it the night before you go. You can save precious space by sharing toiletries with the whole family. Pack space savers like 2 in 1 shampoo & conditioner you can all use.
ZIP PACK CLOTHING & ACTIVITIES
Pack your toddler’s outfits in ziplock bags and you’ll really streamline your packing. Slip each outfit into a bag and press down to force out all the air before sealing tight. The beauty of the ziplock system is that you can pop dirty clothes back into the bags and seal away until laundry day.
Put different toys and activities in ziplocks and you can easily bring out the next one to hold their attention. These are some of our favourite ideas:
- Sticker sheets and paper
- Make your own travel bingo sheets. The kids can mark off what they see on their journey.
- Jigsaw puzzle
- Write postcards / letters home
Make a travel rewards chart with targets and rewards. Pack a bag of treats or small gifts that can be handed out to make it a fun challenge. You could include ideas like: try a new food, be kind to your sibling or invent a new game.
BURN OFF ENERGY
Pack a frisbee or a soccer ball so that every time you have a pitstop you can burn off some energy. It’s a great way for all the family to have fun together and tires out little legs. Plus exercise releases endorphins, so you’ll all feel less stressed out when you restart your journey!
START A TRAVEL JOURNAL
This doesn’t need to be anything fancy, just a sketchbook that your kids can use to stick postcards and other info from their travels. Adding their own drawings and memories will help them to create a record that lasts into adulthood. And who knows? You may even encourage them to embrace new foods or experiences that they were unwilling to try before.
GET THEM INVOLVED
It can be difficult keeping teens engaged when they’d rather be hanging out with their friends than on a family holiday with the olds. Try engaging them in the planning process – maybe give them responsibility for planning the route you’ll take or organising places to stay. Ask them for their input on what they’d like to do and you might be surprised to find they have hidden interests that all the family can share and enjoy.
PACK A BACKPACK
Let your children select a few of their favourite toys and books to bring. At Evie and Em Co our wide selection of child-friendly luggage is perfect for travelling with kids. From Phthalate-free materials to roomy pockets with space for everything your child needs to keep themselves occupied, our backpacks make the ideal travelling companions – just don’t let them pack their entire fossil collection!
AVOID HANGRY KIDS
Every parent knows that hungry kids can quickly become angry kids. Keep tempers and travel sickness in check by providing lots of filling, plain snacks. Here is some inspiration from our favourite sites:
PURCHASE OR MAKE AN ID WRISTBAND
Consider buying or making an ID wristband for small children. We can teach our kids to remember our phone numbers but if your child gets lost, they may be under too much stress to remember. If you’re concerned they might lose the bracelet you can write your phone number on their arm and then cover it with a liquid plaster. It won’t wipe off when they wash their hands.
Just in case, pack one day’s worth of clothing for the entire family in your carry on bag. Luggage can go missing and there is nothing worse than having nothing available until your luggage is returned.
REMEMBER – THIS IS FUN!
See the journey as part of the holiday fun and not just a chore. Try to make ordinary mundane moments fun for the kids. For example navigating through a busy airport can be made a lot more exciting with a Trunki ride, an innovative ride on luggage made for children. The kids can sit on the Trunki and push it around with their feet. The airport will end up being a fun place for the kids.
If you’re relaxed about the journey then the kids will be too.