Travelling with Kids: Tips to Keep it Stress Free
Author: Charmaine Morgan
If you haven't done much travelling with your kids yet — what's stopping you?
Travelling with kids can be an incredible experience for the entire family. Even young children enjoy taking the time out with you.
Hands Free Babywearing
Whether you are travelling by Air, Road or Rail, we can recommend the convenience of hands-free babywearing, with the Baby K’tan Baby Carrier. It makes it so easy to travel with your infant and keeps them comfortable and safe too!
Here are some of our other best tips to help you prepare for your next family adventure:
Travelling by Air
Air travel can be anxiety-provoking for anyone travelling with kids.
We get it.
But, provided you take time to consider your children's needs, it doesn't have to be stressful.
What should you take with you on the flight?
Before you pack, research your airline's policy about carry-on luggage. What are you allowed to take with you?
Virgin Australia, for example, gives kids (including infants) the same carry-on baggage allowance as adults — 7kg.
They also allow you to take two extra items per child (e.g. pram and travel cot).
You should also double-check the airline's policy about food before you pack. Most allow you to bring breastmilk or formula for infants, as well as baby food.
When should you fly?
If possible, aim to fly around bedtime.
Follow their bedtime routine as closely as possible. Change them into their pyjamas, read a bedtime story, give them some milk. Whatever you do at home, replicate it.
This will help them sleep through the flight.
How can you make the journey as stress-free as possible?
It should go without saying — but leave yourself plenty of time to get to the airport and check-in.
Everything takes longer with children. So, think about how long you need... And then add an hour.
Travelling by Car
Are you staying close to home? Or are you planning a road trip to your destination?
Travelling by car with kids comes with its own unique challenges. But the freedom and flexibility can also make for an awesome family adventure.
What's the most important thing to know before you hit the road?
The biggest thing you need to think about here — especially if you're not using your own car — is safety.
Make sure you fit the car seat and/or any restraints properly. We can't stress how important this is.
If you're hiring a car and you're not sure, find someone who can help you install it.
How can you keep kids happy on long car journeys?
The bottom line here is that you need to prioritise your kids.
Try not to get frustrated when they want to stop regularly to use the toilet or get bored when you've been in the car for a while.
Plan your journey with them in mind. Plot out places along your route where you can pull over for them to let off steam.
Make the trip fun. Bring new games and books to entertain them and make sure you have an endless supply of snacks and water.
What else should you take with you?
Whether you're travelling by air or car, there are a few accessories that can make your life easier. Consider investing in them for your trip.
Mountain Buggy Bagrider
Hands full in the airport? What do you do with the kids?
The Mountain Buggy Bagrider provides a fun solution. You can set your toddler on top of your carry on baggage — making your time in the airport a breeze.
Mountain Buggy Newborn Cocoon
The Mountain Buggy Cocoon keeps your newborn snug and comfortable. Lightweight and portable, it's ideal for any trip with your tiniest family member.
Phil & Ted's Bassinet Accessory
Providing a safe sleeping space for your newborn is always a worry when travelling. Worry no more — the Phil & Ted Bassinet Accessory solves the problem in style.
BBox Silicone Lids
Tired of spills all over your backseat? These BBox silicone lids allow you to keep your kids hydrated on long journeys, without risking the otherwise inevitable stains.
When you have the right accessories and travel gear, travelling with kids can be seamless. Enjoy the journey with your little ones!
Mini & Me are online suppliers of quality baby products, including the Baby K’tan Wrap Carrier. Please feel free to contact us, for more tips on how we can help make your next family adventure stress free!