The Babyroad Guide to Travelling with Kids
Travel can be an exciting and eye-opening life experience for children of any age: there’s new sites, smells and foods…not to mention all that quality time spent with family. But planning a trip with kids can be an overwhelming idea for parents – with uncertain schedules, unmanageable packing lists and the thought of cranky kids throwing fits in the car or airport, you might be wondering if your family’s trip will be enjoyable in the slightest.
With a little planning and the proper gear, travelling with the kids can be a breeze! At Babyroad, we’ve put together our top tips and tricks for travelling with kids:
Bring a mat to the park for infants
Going on a day trip? Don’t keep your little one strapped in a carrier or pram all day. Give your baby the opportunity to walk and get a little exercise on the soft grass. If your infant isn’t walking yet, bring a soft and sturdy play mat to the park so they can stretch and roll about.
Take advantage of early boarding on flights
We know that having kids in tow at the airport can be stressful but be sure to keep your eyes and ears open for the early boarding call. Early boarding privileges are the best benefit for a family flying with small children! The early boarding perk is a great way to help you keep your sanity.
Consider a night flight or drive
If it works with your schedule, consider flying or driving to your destination in the evening or at night. If you’re travelling during the hours your child normally sleeps, you’re more likely to get them to settle down. Of course, some cosy pyjamas and their favourite pillow will really help as well.
Fit the car seat and/or restraints correctly
By law, it’s important to have the proper fitting car seat, booster seat and/or restraints for your child’s age, weight and height. For our customers in the Perth Metro area, Babyroad offers expert car seat delivery and installation to all legal safety specifications and recommended best practices, for your peace of mind.
Get a comfortable stroller
A comfortable stroller is a must when you’re walking with kids. Find one that’s lightweight and collapsible to make it easier on yourself. Travel with kids often? Check out this fantastically genius luggage that lets you wheel your child at the same time!
Tons of snacks!
Make sure to bring ample snacks on board. A lot of snacks on the road can be unhealthy and overpriced. Plus, packing snacks that you know your kids love can be a real lifesaver when they’re throwing a fit or getting grouchy. For drinks on the road or in a plane, handy silicone lids can turn any normal cup into a sippy or straw cup to keep drinks from spilling.
Activities for longer rides
Don’t be the parent begging restaurant staff for paper and crayons to entertain the kids. Instead, bring lots of entertainment along! It doesn’t have to take up a lot of room. Here’s a few ideas:
- Portable DVD player
- colouring books, sticker books, etc.
- crayons, markers, pencil, etc.
- stuffed animals
- playing cards
Bring something new and don’t tell your child about it until they’re melting down
Buy a small, secret toy and keep it hidden in your pocket until the moment your kiddo is starting to crack. A fun little surprise can be a real lifesaver in those trying moments!
Pack more clothing then you think you’ll need
You don’t want to get caught a few nappies short on an airplane or end up hand washing shirts in the hotel sink. While it’s important to pack light, remember that kids are messy! Tuck a few extra kids’ shirts and undies into your luggage. If mum is breastfeeding or dad is burping a baby, you might end up needing a few extra shirts for the grownups as well!
Have the right sleeping gear
For young children, sleeping in unfamiliar places can be a little scary. So, make the little ones as comfortable as possible with their favourite pillows and blankets. If you travel with kids often, invest in a comfy, lightweight cot or bassinet.
Don’t try to do too much in one trip!
Think about everything you could do if you were just travelling with your partner or a friend. Then, cut that schedule in half! Travelling with kids just takes a little longer, but as long as you give yourself the proper time, you’ll still be able to pack tons of fun attractions into every day. To keep your schedule kid-friendly, consider visiting only one destination for your holiday to cut back on travel time.
When it’s time to plan your next family trip, Babyroad is here to help! Make the most of your family moments with our fun and innovative products. Shop online with AfterPay, zipMoney or Visit our Perth Showroom today!