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Travelling With Children

Updated on August 13, 2013

Are We Nearly There Yet?

Getting ready and going on vacation is stressful enough but when you add a couple of children into the equation those stress levels can go through the roof.

With a little planning and preparation before your journey begins though, your stress levels will be reduced leaving you a whole Lot more relaxed in your travels; enabling you to take full advantage and enjoy your holiday too.

Children get bored very easily especially on longer journeys, keeping them amused and their minds active is essential if you don't want to hear those dreaded words "Are we nearly there yet?" every 5 minutes.

Going On Vacation

Preparation well in advance of your vacation should help to keep your travel stress free.
Preparation well in advance of your vacation should help to keep your travel stress free. | Source

Stress less Air Travel

Being last to board, does have it's benefits
Being last to board, does have it's benefits | Source

Preparing to Travel With Your Kids

Before you go on holiday with your children preparing for every eventuality is a must, What if the car breaks down? What if there is a delay at the airport? What if the weather is bad?

Much more often than we would like when going away for a break, something happens that wasn't planned for and what was supposed to be a relaxing holiday turns into a stress filled nightmare.

Even one day of bad weather can put a damper on the whole vacation when the bored kids start fighting just because they have nothing better to do.

Research your holiday destination thoroughly and make a list of indoor activities that are available, this will save a lot of arguments and stress if you do get a day or more of bad weather.

When packing your suitcases pack some rainy day clothes they could come in very handy.

Remember to pack your kids favorite board games too, in case of extreme weather when you don't feel safe leaving your hotel room.

Sun screen I don't need to mention the importance of packing suncream and a protective head wear not just for your children, you need to use them too.

Do not pack things in your suitcase that you are taking with you for travelling with, such as food, drinks or games for the children to keep them occupied, keep them in your hand luggage where they are easy to get to.

On a plane your suitcases are stored in the hold and you won't be able to get to them until you arrive at your destination.

Top Tips For Travelling with Children on a Plane

When it is time to board the plane, make sure that you and your children are last in line that way there is no chance what so ever that you will get seats together, your children will have to travel beside someone else. Have you ever noticed how well your children behave in the presence of another adult who is not related to them?

Book a night time flight if possible your children will be super excited all day that by the time they get to the plane all that they will want to do is sleep.

It used to be that when you travelled by air, the steward or stewardess would hand you a candy before take off to help ease the pressure in your ears from flying. Although some airlines still do this most of them have stopped giving out candy out be prepared and take your own.

Better Safe Than Sorry

Be Prepared, accidents happen on vacation too.
Be Prepared, accidents happen on vacation too. | Source

Dealing With Travel Sickness

Accidents happen even on vacation and a first aid kit is an essential addition to your packing. Make sure you have plenty of band-aids, bandages and antiseptic cream for all of those bumps cuts and grazes, remember to include a sunburn lotion and any medicines that you have been prescribed as you may find yourself paying well over the odds if you need to get a prescription from a foreign doctor.

Holiday medical insurance is also an essential when travelling, just incase of a serious illness or accident, it will save you a fortune if the worst does happen.

My eldest son cut his arm open on our last vacation and had to have stitches, it cost us half of our holiday spending money to get it seen to in a Spanish hospital because we did not take out an insurance policy which would have been a fraction of the cost.

Travel Sickness In Children

If you have never been on a long journey with your children before, the chances are that you won't know if they suffer from travel sickness. Before travel pay a visit to your local pharmacy and ask for advice on travel sickness pills, remember if any of your children are hyperactive or over excited it may be wise to ignore pills with non drowsy on the label


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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      -) -) Beautiful coverage Jimmy, Thank you -)

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      We are getting ready to travel with our little guys, so this is a timely hub! We always pack each boy their own "carry-on" with toys and games (and a few fun snacks). Since airlines don't give meals anymore, the six hour flight to California has to be carefully planned - we can't have the kids getting hungry. A hungry child is a cranky child!

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      donnaleemason 5 years ago from North Dakota, USA

      Lol, I could not imagine my kids sitting next to another adult, but, it would be a lovely idea. Excellent info, thanks

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      These are all great tips for travelling with the little ones.