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Traveling with children is not for the faint of heart.

After some years of experience, I have gathered some of the top tips and tricks for traveling stress-free with children.  You have to be on your game and prepared for everything as a mommy traveling with the little ones. Read on to learn how to make your travels with the children pretty much stress-free.

Bring your phone/tablet/dvd player

If your children are getting fussy or you need to focus on something without interruption, hand over your phone, tablet, or DVD player.  Sometimes us moms like to use this as a last resort solution, but when you are traveling it’s okay.  Your children will stay entertained and engaged which will make your stress levels decrease.

Bring drawing/colouring/crossword activities

Activity books are great for keeping the children happy.  Before your trip, bring your little ones to the toy store to pick out some new activity books.  Get them really excited about them and tell them they can play with them only if they are good while traveling.  It creates some incentives and rewards your children for being good. They will be consumed with the activity books for some time.

Take a pillow

Why not make your time on the plane as comfortable as possible? Check with your airlines what size pillows are allowed on board or ask if they provide pillows and blankets.  Get your children cozy so that they can catch some sleep and you can sit back and relax.

Pack snacks and toys in your travel bag

Don’t forget snacks and extra toys in your carry on!  Of course, you will get some snacks and a drink on board, depending on how long your flight is, but your children will get hungry.  Also snacking keeps them happy and busy.

If traveling with a baby, use a backpack as your carry-on so that hands are free to push the pram

Make your life easier and be sure to use a backpack as your carry-on so that you are freed up to push the pram around.  Remember, you only have two arms and hands!

Courier your luggage instead of waiting around to retrieve it at the airport

To cut back on wait time upon arrival, have your luggage shipped to your destination.  Believe it or not, it is sometimes cheaper than paying for luggage check-in through the airline. Do your research for the most cost effective option and think about what will make your arrival easiest.

Check-in early

Be an early bird to immensely mitigate your stress levels.  Get to the airport at least a couple of hours earlier before boarding so that you don’t have to worry.  Nothing creates more stress than being late.

If you live a distance away from the airport, maybe drive nearby the day before your departure and book a room to stay overnight in.  One time, my family and I had to get a flight from Gatwick to Nice and spent the night before in a hotel close to the airport.  It was great as I didn’t have to sit through rush hour traffic with three excited and at times, restless children.

Check the rules about buying seats for your children

It may not be necessary to buy seats for your children if they are under a certain age as they can share with you!  Call or check the website of your choice airlines to get more details about the necessary booking details. For example, with KLM airlines, if your child is under two years they must travel sitting on your lap. An adult can travel with two babies, but only one can sit on your lap and the other will need a booked seat.  You have to contact the airlines directly when booking a seat for a 0 or 1-year-old.

Vaccinations

Do your research and see if there are any necessary vaccinations to travel to your destination.  Make sure you get them well in advance of your trip.  It is better to be safe than sorry!

Pack painkillers and medication

It is not always easy to get simple medications and drugs in certain places around the world.  Furthermore, it can be a little nerve-wracking if the labels and ingredients are in a different language, so do yourself a favor and pack your own from home.

Travel insurance

Speaking from my own personal experience, don’t ever travel without travel insurance.  There are hundreds of providers but do your research and find the one that fulfills your needs.  Also, when it comes to payments while traveling, load a prepaid card or compare travel credit cards.  According to NerdWallet, here are the best travel credit cards of 2017.

I hope these tips help to make your next travel experience with your children stress-free!

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14 Comments

  • Reply Jenn Goggin

    All such great tips! Even on day trips I carry snacks and some sort of activity too just incase my youngest gets crazy!

    October 3, 2017 at 6:27 pm
    • Reply Christiana

      I know right! All three of my children have very healthy appetites so the snack struggle is real. LOL. Thanks for stopping by Jenn.

      October 3, 2017 at 7:11 pm
  • Reply Piarve

    Colouring books are the best, I always have one in my daughters bag even if we are just going out to town or a friends house.

    October 3, 2017 at 11:23 pm
    • Reply Christiana

      I agree. They’re a great distraction and last for hours on end. They’re quite cheap too. I usually stock up at the pound shop.

      October 4, 2017 at 12:39 am
  • Reply Mary Leigh

    These are all really great tips! We love snacks – especially when your little might be picky at new restaurants!

    October 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm
    • Reply Christiana

      Tell me about it! One of my girls detests junk food and the other is on a special diet. I will blog about that soon. Thanks for stopping by.

      October 11, 2017 at 6:38 am
  • Reply GiGi

    I dub my sister the QUEEN of this – she brought her then 2 year old to South East Asia with our family and hot damn, that kid was pretty well behaved, considering! Sure there were moments, but they were few in far between (or so I saw, cause I mean, she’s not my kid – LOL)…. And I think my sister and her husband did an amazing job!

    October 5, 2017 at 10:07 pm
    • Reply Christiana

      Yes, travel can be stressful and it’s a blessing when children behave. I got compliments all the time from other passengers about how well behaved my girls were on flights. I don’t mind feeding them as there’s peace when their mouths are busy LOL.

      October 11, 2017 at 6:34 am
  • Reply Julie Syl Kalungi

    I used to pack the whole kitchen and bathroom cabinet when traveling with children, then slowly I learnt to pack just was needed. Now we are all pros at packing. Cool Tips chris Loved it! 🙂

    October 8, 2017 at 3:16 pm
    • Reply Christiana

      Thanks Julie. It’s a lot less packing now that they’re no longer babies and I don’t have to take a buggy. But nothing’s changed on the food and tech front I’m afraid lol.

      October 11, 2017 at 6:35 am
  • Reply Claudette Esterine

    I don’t travel with small ones very much but these tips make sense to me as an occasional traveller with one.

    October 11, 2017 at 3:20 am
    • Reply Christiana

      Thanks Claudette!

      October 11, 2017 at 6:41 am
  • Reply Janice Gill

    I always had children’s music and story tapes in the car to keep my 4 kids amused. We had a game to play spotting certain things too. So much easier with a tablet these days but sometimes good to look out the window to avoid travel sickness. Will share this with my daughter for her 5 hour journey here next week with her 2 daughters 🙂

    October 18, 2017 at 2:31 pm
    • Reply Christiana

      I’ve always found music to be a fantastic distraction for my kids, especially afro beats. Thanks so much for sharing. 🙂

      October 20, 2017 at 8:27 am

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