How to make travelling with children less stressful

Although travelling with young children can be rewarding, it is often a very challenging experience. As mother, I have learnt some tips over the years and I hope they will help make your journey smoother and more enjoyable:

Plan ahead:

  • Research your destination thoroughly. Look for child-friendly activities, restaurants, and accommodations.
    • Book your flights, accommodations, and any necessary tickets or reservations in advance to avoid last-minute stress.
    • Create a flexible itinerary but, because you are travelling with children, be prepared for unexpected changes.

Pack wisely:

  • Bring essential items such as diapers, wipes, extra clothes, snacks, and toys to keep your child comfortable and entertained.
    • Consider packing a first-aid kit with children’s pain relievers, bandages, and any necessary medications.
    • If travelling by plane, pack extra snacks, drinks, and entertainment to keep your child occupied during the flight.

Choose child-friendly accommodations:

  • Look for accommodations that offer amenities for families such as cribs, high chairs, and child-proofing options.
    • Consider renting a vacation home or apartment instead of staying in a hotel to have more space and flexibility.

Maintain routine:

  • Try to stick to your child’s regular sleep and mealtime schedule as much as possible to minimize disruptions.
    • Bring familiar items from home such as a favourite blanket or stuffed animal to provide comfort during travel.


  • If flying, arrive at the airport early to allow plenty of time for check-in and security screening.
    • Consider bringing a lightweight stroller or baby carrier for easier mobility in crowded places.
    • If traveling by car, plan frequent stops for diaper changes, feedings, and stretching breaks.

Keep them entertained:

  • Bring a variety of toys, books, and games to keep your child entertained during travel.
    • Download kid-friendly apps or movies on a tablet or smartphone for longer journeys.
    • Engage your child in interactive games or storytelling to make the journey more enjoyable.

Be patient, flexible:

  • Understand that travelling with young children can be unpredictable, and things may not always go as planned.
    • Stay calm and patient, especially during stressful situations such as delays or tantrums.
    • Be flexible and willing to adjust your plans if needed to accommodate your child’s needs.

Safety first:

  • Always prioritize your child’s safety by using car seats, seat belts, and child-proofing measures.
    • Keep a close eye on your child in crowded places and unfamiliar environments.
    • Teach your child about stranger danger and basic safety rules for traveling.
    • Remember to take breaks and rest when needed to avoid burnout.
    • Stay hydrated and eat regular meals to keep your energy levels up.
    • Don’t be afraid to ask for help or accept assistance from others if you need it.

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