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My Top Ten Tips on Travelling with Kids!

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November 3, 2015

It is no secret that travelling with kids can be difficult, especially if you are on public transport of some kind and have other passengers to consider.
Being a mum of six, I have seen it all. Been delayed for hours in a crowded airport, trying to stop a toddler running up and down the aisle on the train and trying to calm a scared child on an aeroplane, but I do have some valuable tips to share.

  1. Prepare them for the journey. Kids over the age of one have a fair idea of what is going on, so it is wise to explain what is going to happen. They may initially get over-excited, but should calm by the time the journey arrives. Mine like to spot signs for the destination we are travelling to.
  2. Be Prepared – I am not saying you need to pack everything but the kitchen sink, but I recommend you take an extra couple of nappies and a change of clothes for those little emergencies. If you are clever you can disperse these things in the kids hand luggage and I highly recommend getting a Trunki for children under the age of 10, as they can use them as sit and ride toys whilst you wait plus they are small enough to class as hand luggage. Do check an online baggage allowance finder to check the size and weight of your baggage before you travel – you don’t want any nasty surprises!
  3. Take some toys / games / books. Travel sized games are perfect, as are colouring / activity books and some pencils and a tablet, plus headphones, loaded with films or their favourite TV program. Avoid toys that require lots of little parts.
  4. Take drinks / snacks – when my children are bored they like to eat so I pack raisins, grapes, biscuits to keep them going but avoid sweets. If you are flying you are unable to take baby food and drinks in the hand luggage, but most airports sell it once you are through customs, so make sure you have some money with with.
  5. Hand sanitiser and baby wipes for day are essentials, especially when you are out and about in the great outdoors with no facilities on hand for a clean up
  6. Make sure you book accommodation that is suitable for your family. Check they provide the equipment you need, such as travel cots, as this will save you dragging them along with you.
  7. Take your time! Kids love to explore their environment and rushing them is likely to cause a meltdown so where possible take your time and give them a chance to get comfortable in their surroundings.
  8. Don’t forget the First Aid Kit – you can buy ready made first aid kits from the supermarket which don’t take up much room in your hand luggage. I always add sachets of calpol, piriton and some paracetamol for us parents too.
  9. With teenagers the best way to avoid a soul-destroying sulk is to involve them in the planning of the holiday and ask them for input on what they’d like to do.
  10. Don’t park too far from your destination and make them walk. If flying I highly recommend using a service like APH where you simply drive to the terminal and head straight to the check-in desks while your car is parked for you and returned to you on your arrival home!

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  1. Reply

    kim neville

    November 3, 2015

    I always take some travel games, snacks, book, change of clothes and pampers wipes

  2. Reply

    Catherine McAlinden

    November 3, 2015

    Take a spare change of clothes for yourself (as well as them) in case they are sick.

  3. Reply

    iain maciver

    November 3, 2015

    try and make it fun

  4. Reply

    susan younger

    November 3, 2015

    a variety of different games and music.

  5. Reply

    Jo Hutchinson

    November 3, 2015

    Pack travel games.

  6. Reply

    ashleigh allan

    November 3, 2015

    Dont stress to much!

  7. Reply

    joanna butler-savage

    November 3, 2015

    Don’t do it!!

  8. Reply

    Tamsyn

    November 3, 2015

    Take lots of colouring and pencils and games. All new in the pack so it’s exciting. And I put pens etc in little zip sandwich bags so they are easy to find, and not hard to lose!

  9. Reply

    ELAINE DALE

    November 3, 2015

    keep them occupied

  10. Reply

    Tracy Nixon

    November 3, 2015

    Travel either late at night or early morning so your child will most likely sleep for most of the journey!

  11. Reply

    karen cowley

    November 3, 2015

    Sing alongs an snacks , always keeps them occupied x

  12. Reply

    laura stewart

    November 3, 2015

    i take colouring things x

  13. Reply

    sharon martin

    November 3, 2015

    car games to keep them occupied and stop for a leg stretch and little run around to let them let off abit of steam and to have a drink and snack.
    Also if they don’t travel well a change of clothes/wipes / couple of carriers always handy too.

  14. Reply

    Kay Panayi

    November 3, 2015

    Make lists and stay prepared

  15. Reply

    Julie D

    November 3, 2015

    don’t take them!! hehe , seriously though, we find ispy is good

  16. Reply

    dawn f

    November 3, 2015

    take wet wipes drinks and snacks!

  17. Reply

    Kirsty Ward

    November 3, 2015

    Lots of Snacks & Fun games to keep them entertained!

  18. Reply

    Andrea Fletcher

    November 3, 2015

    Lots of fun games to keep them occupied.

  19. Reply

    Paul Ballantine

    November 3, 2015

    Make them think it’s a game so they don’t get bored

  20. Reply

    Paula Barker

    November 3, 2015

    a few new games or toys, to keep them interested

  21. Reply

    Cristín Williams

    November 3, 2015

    Leave the house before you really need to, better to be early than late because you need to stop at every services for wee breaks

  22. Reply

    louise

    November 3, 2015

    Try to travel during nap time if children still nap.

  23. Reply

    Tracy Hanley

    November 3, 2015

    Let them pack a little bag each , something to play with , maybe colouring book or reading book a snack and something to eat

  24. Reply

    Mrs Rachel Heap

    November 3, 2015

    A fully charged Ipad normally works for us

  25. Reply

    Tanya Camilleri

    November 3, 2015

    play lots of fun car games.

  26. Reply

    KATHY D

    November 3, 2015

    games consoles

  27. Reply

    Nichole

    November 3, 2015

    Spare change of clothes and lots of wipes!

  28. Reply

    amy fidler

    November 3, 2015

    try and make it fun/and take travel games alongx

  29. Reply

    Michaela Hannah

    November 3, 2015

    Take plenty of things to keep them occupied like colouring books, ipads etc

  30. Reply

    laura banks

    November 3, 2015

    lots of travel games and a tablet

  31. Reply

    sarah rees

    November 3, 2015

    take lots of things to keep them occupied and busy. keep it fun

  32. Reply

    Lindsay @ Newcastle Family Life

    November 3, 2015

    plenty of snacks and drinks x

  33. Reply

    Anthony Harrington

    November 3, 2015

    take lots of things to keep them amused, fed and watered!

  34. Reply

    Ding Rankine

    November 3, 2015

    Best tip for travelling with children is take things that will keep them amused and be up front about travel times and any potential glitches.

  35. Reply

    Rebecca Lis

    November 3, 2015

    Lots of snacks

  36. Reply

    curtis cleary

    November 3, 2015

    Take plenty of games/colouring books to keep them occupied on the journney

  37. Reply

    Steve Carroll

    November 3, 2015

    Bring as much stuff as is reasonably possible to occupy them! DVD Players, tablets, books, food etc., and be prepared to play games yourself too.

  38. Reply

    nicola clarkson

    November 3, 2015

    plenty of snacks and games

  39. Reply

    Dawn McBride

    November 3, 2015

    Make sure you have a good supply of entertainment, Colouting, Ipad for movies/programmes etc. Something they are into and will enjoy doing. We sometimes try to plan to leave around nap time/bed time when possible xx

  40. Reply

    Lindsey Stuart

    November 3, 2015

    Always take plenty books, snacks, juice/water and an ipad or tablet always works wonders for me 🙂

  41. Reply

    Jessica Woods

    November 3, 2015

    Too many people result to the ipad computer screen what ever happened to the traditional ispy game etc x

  42. Reply

    Jennifer Wlodyka

    November 3, 2015

    Encourage the kids to write a holiday journal

  43. Reply

    winnie

    November 3, 2015

    bring loads of snacks

  44. Reply

    Martina Pichova

    November 3, 2015

    bring snacks, magazines and colouring stuff

  45. Reply

    Cassandra Mayers

    November 3, 2015

    Lots of Snacks and colouring 🙂 Play games

  46. Reply

    Victoria Mylittlel

    November 3, 2015

    i like the one where you advise to take food and toys

  47. Reply

    melanie stirling

    November 3, 2015

    Make sure they have plenty to keep them occupied and lots of snacks and drinks.

  48. Reply

    anne murray

    November 3, 2015

    Play games with them, play bingo, make out sheets with different things on them that they might see on there journey and give a small prize when they win.

  49. Reply

    MANDY DOHERTY

    November 3, 2015

    Dress baby in easy-on, easy-off pajamas for travel

  50. Reply

    jemma dwyer

    November 3, 2015

    Books , toys , music , x

  51. Reply

    Natalie Crossan

    November 3, 2015

    Bring an ipad and an external charger!!

  52. Reply

    Shirley Evans

    November 3, 2015

    Always keep very small toys in your handbag,it sometimes keeps them occupied

  53. Reply

    Maria Hackett

    November 3, 2015

    I always take books and toys with me, and I like to check if there is a play area at the airport (most airports do) so they will be tired when they getting on to plane and sleep straighaway x

  54. Reply

    Susan Lloyd

    November 3, 2015

    Lots of snacks

  55. Reply

    Samantha Loughlin

    November 3, 2015

    Take books with you to keep occupied xx

  56. Reply

    leigh boyle

    November 3, 2015

    games planned ipads charged and go around nap time xx

  57. Reply

    Laura Todd

    November 3, 2015

    Be prepared 🙂

  58. Reply

    Wendy Jones

    November 4, 2015

    buy a few of their favourite comics or books, and make sure the radio is on. Sing-a-longs are fun.

  59. Reply

    Samantha Wheeler

    November 4, 2015

    Go prepared! Snacks for all, drinks for all, lots of books and small, quiet toys!

  60. Reply

    caroline walliss

    November 4, 2015

    Lots of singing with disney CDs.x

  61. Reply

    sandra rubery

    November 4, 2015

    be prepared for anything!

  62. Reply

    Marc Chivers

    November 4, 2015

    Le them have their music on

  63. Reply

    Kelly Glen

    November 4, 2015

    Always take one of their favourite toys with you

  64. Reply

    Shivon Davis

    November 4, 2015

    Take lots to keep them occupied, Tablets are good to download films on, Books to read to them and toys they enjoy playing with. A simple sing song also is good mine love it x

  65. Reply

    Ruth Harwood

    November 4, 2015

    Always have a few books for the kids to read!

  66. Reply

    Kasia

    November 4, 2015

    a lot of books and toys

  67. Reply

    Claire Scott

    November 4, 2015

    Games and a portable DVD player

  68. Reply

    tracey ryder

    November 4, 2015

    try and travel at night then they sleep, or take plenty of games

  69. Reply

    Darren

    November 4, 2015

    Plan enough activities and food to get you through any possible delays.

  70. Reply

    Lauren Pilkington

    November 4, 2015

    take some crayons and plenty of paper. hours of fun with little games and drawing pictures.

  71. Reply

    Laura Pritchard

    November 4, 2015

    Take plenty of snacks, books & puzzles with you, and try to schedule in stops along the way.

  72. Reply

    Helen Gossage

    November 4, 2015

    Travel at night so they sleep through

  73. Reply

    Zoe G

    November 4, 2015

    Depending on the type of journey but when and where possible we tend to leave early hours/sunrise kind of time, that way the kids stay asleep and there is no traffic jams, we always do this when we go camping or caravanning

  74. Reply

    debbie hay

    November 4, 2015

    We always travel at night so the boys are guaranteed to sleep for some of the journey

  75. Reply

    Sara

    November 4, 2015

    Take snacks, new toys (or toys they haven’t seen for a while), and keep change of clothes in hand luggage

  76. Reply

    Paula Readings

    November 4, 2015

    Keeping them amused with games

  77. Reply

    Penny H

    November 4, 2015

    Plan ahead with fun games to do on the way and take frequent stops so they can run about and let out their energy.

  78. Reply

    Karen Lloyd

    November 4, 2015

    Pack activity books, they don’t take up much room but they can provide hours of fun.

  79. Reply

    Jen Palmer

    November 4, 2015

    Break up long car journeys with regular stops for running around – makes it so much less stressful for everyone involved! Also give them a bag with some colouring things, a couple of favourite (not noisy!) toys and some low-sugar snacks plus water to keep them going in the car.

  80. Reply

    Dawn Gould

    November 4, 2015

    Take plenty of supplies – drinks, snacks, toys, books. Then make sure you don’t bring them out all at once so they don’t get bored of everything too early.

  81. Reply

    Sam Goodwin

    November 4, 2015

    Keep them occupied, and have regular breaks so they can stretch their legs and let off steam

  82. Reply

    Chris Michael

    November 4, 2015

    Take an iPad (other tablets are available) filled with their shows.

  83. Reply

    Chris Michael

    November 4, 2015

    Take an iPad filled with their shows.

  84. Reply

    Lorraine Tinsley

    November 4, 2015

    Take loads of stuff to keep them amused, also if they are small take a sling, they are much better than a buggy especially for walking around the airport

  85. Reply

    Liam Bishop

    November 4, 2015

    Always have wet wipes to hand.

  86. Reply

    Barbara Jane Shaw

    November 4, 2015

    Have baby wipes handy and be organised – think of a variety of travel games you play on route

  87. Reply

    Michaela Jennings

    November 4, 2015

    Make sure you take lots of travel games/activities and plenty of snacks

  88. Reply

    Laura Kevlin

    November 4, 2015

    Lots of breaks! Gives everyone plenty of opportunity to go to the loo, stretch their legs and you can always schedule the stops somewhere fun so that it’s part of the trip!

  89. Reply

    gemma brown

    November 4, 2015

    activity books and eye spy

  90. Reply

    Tina Holmes

    November 4, 2015

    Take snacks, books, and colour book

  91. Reply

    Stephanie Tsang

    November 4, 2015

    Bring lots of games and activities to keep the kids occupied.

  92. Reply

    phoebe hurd

    November 4, 2015

    A new toy , a new magazine or a activity folder with paper ,crayons, books , sheets.

  93. Reply

    Jemma Taylor

    November 4, 2015

    We have just been away and borrowed a friends Trunki. We packed sweet for taking off and landing. A good tip is to wrap presents and open one every half hour. Keeps them amused and it doesn’t have to be big just little animal figures, colour/sticker books etc.

  94. Reply

    Christine taylor

    November 4, 2015

    Bring lots of snacks to keep them entertained and full up x

  95. Reply

    Heidi Brown

    November 4, 2015

    Take lots of things to keep them occupied

  96. Reply

    abigail edkins

    November 4, 2015

    travel either really early or late so they can sleep…and plenty of snacks

  97. Reply

    Rich Tyler

    November 4, 2015

    Take snacks and distractions!

  98. Reply

    Emma Gibson

    November 4, 2015

    Take a lot of entertainment.

  99. Reply

    Jennifer Potter

    November 4, 2015

    Take plenty of snack foods as it’s hard to find healthy kids snacks on holiday

  100. Reply

    Edward Guerreiro

    November 4, 2015

    Always bring distractions. Toys, books, iPads. Anything you got.

  101. Reply

    Rhia P

    November 4, 2015

    Wet wipes! Oh, so many wet wipes. And drinks, snacks, toys. Also, be prepared to sing the same nursery rhyme over and over and over again when you realise it’s the only thing that’ll make them happy. Sigh.

  102. Reply

    Angela treadway

    November 4, 2015

    Take activity books! X

  103. Reply

    Melissa Brown

    November 4, 2015

    I snack them up and pre load the ipad mini with games, a few colouring books and off we go. And try not to ever let them know that mummy hates boats and flying freaks me out. All part of the fun.

  104. Reply

    Jessica Powell

    November 4, 2015

    Be prepared! Take more snacks, drinks, things to do than you think you’ll need.

  105. Reply

    Sarah-Jane Laycock

    November 4, 2015

    Be prepared – make travel a game – have puzzles and tasks lined up in abundance to while away those boring hours

  106. Reply

    Val Swift

    November 4, 2015

    Take plenty of things to keep them entertained and snacks

  107. Reply

    YOLANDA DAVIS

    November 4, 2015

    Make sure they are sitting high enough to see out of all the windows so they don’t get car sick.

  108. Reply

    Fanny Tran

    November 4, 2015

    Always bring loads of games like doodle, snacks and audio books/music.

  109. Reply

    Jenna Parrington

    November 4, 2015

    Take lots of distractions! Food, books and games!

  110. Reply

    Linda McGarrigle

    November 4, 2015

    I would have to say take plenty of patience with you, remember they are little people too and a short period of time travelling to them can seem so so so long, be prepared to be attentive to them when possible sing play observation games etc.

  111. Reply

    fozia Akhtar

    November 4, 2015

    Pack lots of interesting activities

  112. Reply

    Stacey Melia

    November 4, 2015

    Baby wipes, always baby wipes!

  113. Reply

    Becky Yeomans

    November 4, 2015

    Prepare for different games! If me and my 2 year old daughter are travelling by car we play a game of how many birds we can spot!

  114. Reply

    Corinne Henson

    November 4, 2015

    The ipad is always a must for us

  115. Reply

    Sarah Lee

    November 5, 2015

    Take lots of snacks!

  116. Reply

    Lisa Pond

    November 5, 2015

    Comics, crayons and thinking games e.g. name as many yellow things you can think of in 1 minute ?

  117. Reply

    Jasmine Johns

    November 5, 2015

    Make a activity pack. Use a folder and fill it up with different coloring pages, sticker books and pages, puzzles etc. Lots of breaks and snacks and have there favorite CD on hand so you can have a good sing along. 🙂

  118. Reply

    julie perry

    November 5, 2015

    Take a pillow for somewhere to rest their head while asleep

  119. Reply

    aaron broad

    November 5, 2015

    Have lots of distractions available

  120. Reply

    Lucy mills

    November 5, 2015

    Have plenty of snacks and wipes

  121. Reply

    Georgina

    November 5, 2015

    Snacks drinks and entertainment like there tablets or portable DVD player

  122. Reply

    Sarah Brokenshire

    November 5, 2015

    take an ipad 🙂

  123. Reply

    a.e.adkins

    November 5, 2015

    Drop them off with grandparents en route

  124. Reply

    crystal williamson

    November 5, 2015

    coffee for Mum

  125. Reply

    Lisa

    November 5, 2015

    Take plenty of fruit ?

  126. Reply

    Cupcake R

    November 5, 2015

    Always take a packet of baby wipes in your bag when travelling with toddlers!

  127. Reply

    pete c

    November 5, 2015

    have regular breaks and keep them occupied with different things

  128. Reply

    Andrea Smith

    November 5, 2015

    Take lots of books, toys, music to keep them occupied. Also take a spare set of clothes and some zip lock bags ~ these are really handy for car sick kiddies and you can zip it up without it spilling everywhere!!!

  129. Reply

    Angela McDonald

    November 5, 2015

    Ensure you always have a back-up plan for activities to keep children occupied – just in case!

  130. Reply

    Stephanie Whitehouse

    November 6, 2015

    take a tub of crudites – picking and munching occupy a lot of time

  131. Reply

    jen morgan

    November 6, 2015

    make a list of everything you will need so you don’t forget anything

  132. Reply

    kayleigh Bates

    November 6, 2015

    Take a change of clothes for everyone x

  133. Reply

    Sonia Cash

    November 6, 2015

    Make sure you take plenty of drinks and snacks

  134. Reply

    Isabelle Smith

    November 7, 2015

    give them the ipad

  135. Reply

    Sue McCarthy

    November 7, 2015

    I don’t have any children but would love to win this prize to donate to charity, to go to Romania.

  136. Reply

    Mummy Fever

    November 7, 2015

    I pack a ‘busy bag’ for each child – with a mix of their favourite things, some snacks and something new

  137. Reply

    Lyndsay-Rose

    November 7, 2015

    Lots of activities and snacks

  138. Reply

    Keri Jones

    November 7, 2015

    Always take a toy they haven’t played with for a while (or a new toy) it will help keep them entertained 🙂 x

  139. Reply

    katherine s

    November 7, 2015

    Makes sure all tablets and game consoles are fully charged before you start your journey.

  140. Reply

    karen hughes

    November 7, 2015

    pack their favourite snacks and toys.

  141. Reply

    Lisa Mack

    November 7, 2015

    Take spare clothes for both of you (I had a baby with severe travel sickness – yuck!) & just don’t stress about is, when they are little they don’t know it’s anything different & only get upset etc. because they are picking up on your anxiety xx

  142. Reply

    Gwen Maynard

    November 7, 2015

    Pack snacks and drinks and make sure you have extra clothing and blankets in case of a breakdown. Especially in cold weather.

  143. Reply

    Helen Swales

    November 7, 2015

    If travelling long distances, set off at your child’s bedtime if at all possible. Warm the car and put your child(ren) in their nightwear before setting off, once you get to your destination, you can put the children straight to bed. An added bonus is that the roads are often quieter too.

  144. Reply

    Rebecca Smith

    November 7, 2015

    Don’t forget to take the favourite toy or comforter it will be a godsend

  145. Reply

    Lynsey Buchanan

    November 7, 2015

    Take activity books and play games

  146. Reply

    claire woods

    November 8, 2015

    Taking plenty of things for them to do.

  147. Reply

    Karen Laing

    November 8, 2015

    It depends on what form of travel,if it’s in the car then I spy,songs,and see who spots the first cow etc.I’ve found that books in the car can make children car sick so it’s best avoided.If you’re travelling by car or train books can be useful,sticker books or drawing books,if they’re new they’ll keep them amused for hours x

  148. Reply

    Rachel C

    November 8, 2015

    Plan ahead – snacks, games and a change of clothes

  149. Reply

    Harriet

    November 8, 2015

    Endless snacks

  150. Reply

    Christine Dodd

    November 8, 2015

    Take a friendly granny to help!

  151. Reply

    elizabeth ferguson

    November 8, 2015

    travel at night with them sleeping xx

  152. Reply

    Stephanie Tsang

    November 8, 2015

    Take lots of toys and snacks.

  153. Reply

    jdean

    November 8, 2015

    Always have something fun to distract and occupy little ones with.

  154. Reply

    Kerryanne Atkinson

    November 8, 2015

    Keep them occupied, be organised, treat it as an adventure and tell them the same. Ensure they are well rested.

  155. Reply

    Jolene Yule

    November 9, 2015

    Packing a magazine treats earphones and favourite teddy always makes it a breeze to travel with mine

  156. Reply

    jennifer thorpe

    November 9, 2015

    take lots of books and car activities

  157. Reply

    Morgan Prince

    November 9, 2015

    You’ve got some great tips here! Thanks for sharing x

  158. Reply

    Claire Elizabeth Noke

    November 9, 2015

    pack a few “surprises” in your carry-on… wax crayons, little colouring book, dot-to-dots, stickers (which they could win by guessing “eye-spy’s”, etc ….. on longer flights, download a few child friendly games to your phone, tablet which do NOT require an internet connection to play 🙂

  159. Reply

    Sallyanne Metcalfe-Mullins

    November 9, 2015

    Was going to be silly and say “leave them with grandma”! I break the journey into chunks, so with flying I tell him to look out for planes, then once there focus on the next bit etc etc….we are lucky our son is pretty well behaved, either that or he is saving it all up to become a monster….lol

  160. Reply

    Lindsey Stuart

    November 9, 2015

    We always bring some snacks and plenty juice!
    Colouring in books with crayons, tablets and earphones 🙂

  161. Reply

    Ema J Lowe

    November 9, 2015

    have plenty of non messy snacks and drinks to hand

  162. Reply

    Louise

    November 10, 2015

    games to keep them busy with snacks

  163. Reply

    John Tingay

    November 10, 2015

    Allow plenty of time, but plan for something to do if you don’t need all the time you’ve allowed!

  164. Reply

    Laura Loo

    November 10, 2015

    Some food bags filled with a few goodies, every time they start getting bored give them a new bag

  165. Reply

    stacey turner

    November 10, 2015

    My best tip is… be just as excited as they are instead of wondering what others think of any whingeing etc 🙂

  166. Reply

    Kelly L

    November 10, 2015

    Be prepared!

  167. Reply

    Jennifer Toal

    November 10, 2015

    Take plenty of activity books to amuse the kids

  168. Reply

    Karen Brady

    November 10, 2015

    A new book always help

  169. Reply

    Nat thomason

    November 11, 2015

    Snacks drinks and a blanket

  170. Reply

    Graham Antony Wright

    November 11, 2015

    use a in car dvd player to keep them occupied

  171. Reply

    Kayleigh Robinson

    November 11, 2015

    Take some colouring books and crayons.

  172. Reply

    Corinne Peat

    November 11, 2015

    Take plenty of games for them to play and make up games especially for the trip.

  173. Reply

    Tammy Westrup

    November 11, 2015

    Leave for a long journey when they are due a nap…then they’ll have a big sleep on the way!

  174. Reply

    Robyn Clarke

    November 12, 2015

    Try and plan journeys to make use of nap times. Mine both tend to have long naps while we travel, make sure you have some pit stops worked out before hand.

  175. Reply

    Danielle Graves

    November 12, 2015

    Allow yourself plenty of time for unexpected hold ups like toilet stops, needing to change.

  176. Reply

    Rachel Butterworth

    November 12, 2015

    Always take something to keep them occupied (colouring books, stories, travel games etc). Boredom equals grumpy kids.

  177. Reply

    Samantha Mann

    November 12, 2015

    Be prepared for a tantrum or two. Its no big deal and if you’re prepared you will deal with them better =)

  178. Reply

    marie powell

    November 13, 2015

    pre plan games, have plenty of non messy snacks and try to pre plan toilet stops

  179. Reply

    sharon sheppard

    November 13, 2015

    Travel at night as children will sleep through most of it if not mine always take there kindles as well as snacks and drinks x

  180. Reply

    Mark R

    November 13, 2015

    Travel at night so they more likely to sleep and keep a new book or toy as a distraction

  181. Reply

    donna peters

    November 13, 2015

    page and post liked and shared good luck everyone

  182. Reply

    Jon Sellers

    November 15, 2015

    Travel games, colouring books and DVDs are all very useful. Play interactive games too like eyespy etc

  183. Reply

    Donna Caldwell

    November 15, 2015

    Colouring books and pencils

  184. Reply

    Tracy Gladman

    November 16, 2015

    Usborne do some great activity cards for children who are travelling. There are some for car journeys and some for general travel. They are wipe clean cards that come with a pen. They are fantastic. Lots of games and activities. Keep mine amused for hours. No more “are we there yet?”

  185. Reply

    Michelle Banks

    November 16, 2015

    plenty of tings for amusement x

  186. Reply

    Tammy Tudor

    November 16, 2015

    Plan ahead and have a variety of activities planned

  187. Reply

    Lillian Fisher

    November 16, 2015

    Plenty of stops if travelling by car and lots of gadgets

  188. Reply

    Louise Whittaker

    November 16, 2015

    I pack colouring pencils and books, a couple of toys, we sing a lot and have regular breaks

  189. Reply

    claire haskins

    November 16, 2015

    take lots of food and a ipad

  190. Reply

    Dee Dmonte

    November 17, 2015

    Pack plenty of healthy snacks to take with you.

  191. Reply

    Emma Fox

    November 17, 2015

    Break up a long journey by visiting something on the way so you can get out of the car and move around.

  192. Reply

    z webb

    November 17, 2015

    take there favorite toy,but make sure its on secure, so not to loose it! easy snacks to eat and water to drink, hand wipes too!!

  193. Reply

    Heather Harris

    November 18, 2015

    spare clothes and plenty to entertain them

  194. Reply

    betony bennett

    November 18, 2015

    Plenty of snacks and things to do. Always make sure you know where the toilet is!!

  195. Reply

    lisa dolatowski

    November 18, 2015

    The greatest thing you can take – whether at the airport, sightseeing or getting from A to B – is extra time. Toddlers love to explore and don’t care for the time pressures of travel, so you’re more likely to all retain your cool if you factor the faffing, gawping, stalling, toilet stops and tantrums into your timeframe.

  196. Reply

    Colleen Thomas

    November 18, 2015

    lots to eat and lots to play with

  197. Reply

    Samantha O'D

    November 18, 2015

    Pack a small bag with entertainment and snacks to keep them busy

  198. Reply

    AMANDA ROBINSON

    November 19, 2015

    Lots of pens, colouring books, paper, DS, sweets and play I spy

  199. Reply

    Solange

    November 20, 2015

    Make your travel toys last, so try not to bring them out until your child asks for them or gets bored. They’ll probably be amused for quite a while with just looking around, talking to others, and having some one-on-one time with you. When you do get out toys, get out one at a time so that each has a period of novelty. It’s fun to have some (or all) wrapped as gifts. The wrapping won’t add significantly to your load, but it will provide a little extra excitement and entertainment for your child.

  200. Reply

    cheryl pearson

    November 20, 2015

    try to take plenty of sugar free snacks & drinks, and lots to entertain!

  201. Reply

    Beth

    November 20, 2015

    Make sure to bring plenty of snacks and things to do x

  202. Reply

    Doreen Mccarthy

    November 20, 2015

    games to play , tablets/hand held devices, snacks and wipes!

  203. Reply

    Julie Ward

    November 20, 2015

    We used to buy beano/dandy etc annuals from flea markets, or dose them up with calpol (joke)

  204. Reply

    Alix Smith

    November 21, 2015

    take lots of colouring books & things to entertain them

  205. Reply

    Monica Gilbert

    November 21, 2015

    Bring snacks, small activities, and some books. Unless the rules have changed in the last year, you can bring a reasonable amount of baby food and formula/breast milk in bottles. You just get stuck going through enhanced security checks and might have to taste it in front of them. I brought some baby food when my daughter was 8 months old and switched to dry snacks and empty cups when she was older.

  206. Reply

    Kelly

    November 21, 2015

    Allow plenty of time for stops and make sure you pack enough entertainment!

  207. Reply

    Hayley Mulgrove

    November 21, 2015

    Take plenty of books and games

  208. Reply

    Natasha Mairs

    November 22, 2015

    Take stickers books, nintendo DS and plenty of snacks

  209. Reply

    Jo Carroll

    November 23, 2015

    Make sure you always leave plenty of time for regular stops and journey breaks.

  210. Reply

    Gem Cook

    November 23, 2015

    Pack entertainment to get the amused and snacks to keep them from getting hungry x

  211. Reply

    Jill Donaldson

    November 23, 2015

    We create a play list for the kids with songs and rhymes and of course some sweets

  212. Reply

    Rebecca Phillips

    November 24, 2015

    prepare for all eventualities! bring snacks, pens, paper, colouring books and mobile devices as well as toys to keep them entertained

  213. Reply

    Kirsty N

    November 24, 2015

    Prepare stops or set times to stretch legs, use the loo and let off some steam!

  214. Reply

    Ashleigh Day

    November 24, 2015

    My best tip would have to be have plebtly of snacks and a fully charged ipad!

  215. Reply

    sarah clegg

    November 24, 2015

    be sure to pack a change of clothes and wet wipes 4 mucky hands and something to keep them busy like crayons and a drawing pad

  216. Reply

    donna l jones

    November 25, 2015

    some games and books

  217. Reply

    Leanne Newsome

    November 25, 2015

    Kids tablet to play games

  218. Reply

    Deirdre M

    November 25, 2015

    Factor in a lot more time that you need & plan a pit-stop or two so they can get out & run around. Have snacks & games organised for the car. With all that hopefully all can arrive at the destination without being too flustered!

  219. Reply

    jo maxted

    November 25, 2015

    plenty of snacks and drinks available and i try and travel early in the morning so the kids are still half asleep and take a nap in the car

  220. Reply

    Bella Bazley

    November 25, 2015

    Have a secret stash of distractions you can pull out to settle them when necessary.

  221. Reply

    Georgina davies

    November 26, 2015

    plenty of food and magazines to keep them entertained

  222. Reply

    Chantelle Binge

    November 26, 2015

    Some form of entertainment and a lolly pop. Keeps my little one amused for a little while and then try colouring, reading. Even playing pretend games or travel games x

  223. Reply

    Tarbs Gill

    November 26, 2015

    Make time for stops

  224. Reply

    Katie Walker

    November 26, 2015

    Things to keep them amused, frequent breaks for both you and the kids

  225. Reply

    Diana

    November 26, 2015

    Chatting and making it fun! 🙂

  226. Reply

    kimberley ryan

    November 26, 2015

    Pack plenty of games, activities for them

  227. Reply

    Stacey Leigh

    November 26, 2015

    Always have lots of snacks, you can generally always calm them down with food (and daddy too!) xx

  228. Reply

    Jaynealicia

    November 26, 2015

    Change of clothing for me as well as them – bitter experience of someone else’s secondhand weetabix in my lap!

  229. Reply

    Farhana

    November 26, 2015

    snacks and ipad full of downloads does the trick

  230. Reply

    kate knight

    November 26, 2015

    Bring an ipad to keep them entertained

  231. Reply

    Lisa Wilkinson

    November 26, 2015

    Be prepared. Have plenty of snacks to hand. Also a few treats for the plane helps.

  232. Reply

    olivia Kirby

    November 26, 2015

    Lots of wee wee and stretch the legs stop! We try to holiday within 3 hours of where we live to be honest!

  233. Reply

    Kat Allinson

    November 26, 2015

    Takes lots to keep them occupied, DVD’s, games, books and food and drinks

  234. Reply

    Paula Phillips

    November 26, 2015

    Keep them occupied, take things for them to do and plenty of snacks and drinks.

  235. Reply

    Donna W

    November 27, 2015

    Take plenty of snacks and drinks and lots of toys and games to keep them occupied.

  236. Reply

    Julia P

    November 27, 2015

    take lots of individually wrapped up small presents, like games, pencils, colouring books, snacks. its as exciting opening the packages as it can be playing with the contents.

  237. Reply

    katie w

    November 27, 2015

    plan lots of games to keep them occupied.

  238. Reply

    sheila bound

    November 27, 2015

    Make sure you have plenty books and games to keep them occupied

  239. Reply

    Rebecca Howells (@PeanutHog)

    November 27, 2015

    Keep within view at all times (@PeanutHog)

  240. Reply

    Jamie Gallant

    November 27, 2015

    Take plenty of things to keep them entertained

  241. Reply

    tracey grevatt

    November 27, 2015

    Take colouring books and pencils as well as wetwipes and tissues just in case

  242. Reply

    Nikki Hunter-Pike

    November 27, 2015

    Help them pack their own travel bag which includes actctities like i spy sheets, colouring, puzzles and also sing lots of songs in the car!

  243. Reply

    Charmian Filewood

    November 27, 2015

    Take a range of things with you as they get bored of one thing quite quickly

  244. Reply

    Hayley Colburn

    November 28, 2015

    make sure they have something fun to do, ours have their innotabs to play with or watch films on

  245. Reply

    Victoria Prince

    November 28, 2015

    Break up the journey and take lots of travel games..etc to occupy them, as well as games you can play “off the cuff” like i spy!

  246. Reply

    Cecilia Allen

    November 28, 2015

    always have loads and loads of baby wipes to hand. even for older children

  247. Reply

    Amy Jane Beckett

    November 28, 2015

    Lots of wet wipes

  248. Reply

    Lisa Houston

    November 28, 2015

    Be as prepared as possible. Take lots to keep them amused, snacks and juice also. and lots of patience

  249. Reply

    Eleanor Jones

    November 28, 2015

    Take games to entertain them

  250. Reply

    Vera Bahounkova

    November 28, 2015

    Lots of Snacks and drinks

  251. Reply

    Kelly Hooper

    November 28, 2015

    activities to keep them occupied and a route that has rest stops

  252. Reply

    Eleanor Powell

    November 28, 2015

    have lots of word/ spotting games (that obviously dont mean extra luggage) to play

  253. Reply

    Nazrana Haque

    November 28, 2015

    an ipad or a tablet device is a must these days sadly!

  254. Reply

    Zoe Warren

    November 28, 2015

    Portable DVD player, plus Frozen songs for the CD player. (Not too many though!)

  255. Reply

    Catherine White

    November 28, 2015

    Make sure they have snacks, activity books and pens, toys to keep them occupied, keep them busy really.

  256. Reply

    Rebecca Powell

    November 28, 2015

    Lots of activities to keep them occupied

  257. Reply

    Jackie Rushton

    November 28, 2015

    Take a portable DVD player to keep them occupied

  258. Reply

    Jess Howliston

    November 28, 2015

    Have a little travel pack including travel games, snacks, drinks, colouring in and make sure any electrical devices such as tablets or leappads etc are fully charged! x

  259. Reply

    jessica cook

    November 28, 2015

    a selection of games and toys to entertain them

  260. Reply

    Angela Sandhu

    November 28, 2015

    Pack lots of games and at least one of their favourite toys

  261. Reply

    Nikki white

    November 28, 2015

    taking alot of activites so they dont get board and restless

  262. Reply

    ellie spider

    November 28, 2015

    carry a bag with wet wipes and some spare plastic bags to put used stuff in – its amazing the amount of mess and rubbish a kid can produce in a confined space! A spare outfit and some colouring books and pencils as well

  263. Reply

    Popescu Ioana Cristina

    November 28, 2015

    Try to get anything you need for your kid before you leave home

  264. Reply

    Lori Mckillop

    November 28, 2015

    snacks and lots of games

  265. Reply

    Teresa sheldon

    November 28, 2015

    Dress them in comfy clothes to travel nothing restricting or agrivating and take plenty of books and baby sipes

  266. Reply

    kate kathurima

    November 28, 2015

    Activities and snacks, if your doing a night flight keep your night time routine as much as possible when I did a 8hour night flight with my daughter when she was younger I let her have her dinner on the plane got her in to PJs and gave milk while read her bedtime story just like at home she slept the whole way

  267. Reply

    Diane Jackson

    November 28, 2015

    Take plenty of wet wipes

  268. Reply

    Holly Boyd

    November 28, 2015

    Breathe and remember to take each hour as it comes.

  269. Reply

    Keshia Esgate

    November 28, 2015

    Download some kids tv on the tablet

  270. Reply

    Katherine McDonald

    November 28, 2015

    If they are young enough for daytime naps try and plan a long drive for nap time!

  271. Reply

    Nancy Bradford

    November 28, 2015

    To bring lots of activities, books, games, movies, etc. and plenty of water and snacks.

  272. Reply

    Jessica K

    November 29, 2015

    If your journey is long then take things to entertain them during the trip 🙂

  273. Reply

    Matt McAndrew

    November 29, 2015

    Pack travel games. Absolutely crucial or they will do your nut in for the whole trip!

  274. Reply

    Jane Middleton

    November 29, 2015

    spare clothes and games to play

  275. Reply

    Vickie Jackson

    November 29, 2015

    Something to keep them entertained and regular stops

  276. Reply

    Laura Walker

    November 29, 2015

    We haven’t had a trip abroad yet but in this country we break the journey up with a stop for lunch and a walk round somewhere

  277. Reply

    James Holyland

    November 29, 2015

    Take their favourite toys

  278. Reply

    nicola james

    November 29, 2015

    travel through the night so they sleep

  279. Reply

    Wendy Guy

    November 29, 2015

    Take plenty of toys and activities to entertain them. It is best if these are new so they have novelty value.

  280. Reply

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

    November 29, 2015

    Plan your route with a stop off where the kids can stretch their legs.. A pub with a okay area or a park are ideal

  281. Reply

    Karen Howden

    November 29, 2015

    Plan your trips with plenty of stop off points

  282. Reply

    emily warnes

    November 29, 2015

    try to travel during their normal nap time

  283. Reply

    Sarah Lewis

    November 29, 2015

    Load some films onto a tablet for the journey x

  284. Reply

    Chris Fletcher

    November 29, 2015

    Lots of games and lots of treats to keep them quiet!

  285. Reply

    Chelsey Hollings

    November 29, 2015

    Take toys and books to keep them occupied

  286. Reply

    zoe johns

    November 29, 2015

    Don’t try to pack too much into the day, take it at your child’s pace and make it fun

  287. Reply

    kirsty broadhead

    November 29, 2015

    a well charged iPad/phone and lots of nibbles x

  288. Reply

    George Williamson

    November 29, 2015

    Make sure they are not bored or hungry.

  289. Reply

    Claire Nelson

    November 29, 2015

    Make sure there are plenty of places to stop on the way and pack their favourite games.

  290. Reply

    cat

    November 29, 2015

    Stock up on small novelty amusements they have not seen before, a new book and new model a new game a new colouring book etc, keep producing every time you feel they need a boost. Has served me well including a trip to the America pacific coast..

  291. Reply

    ellen sturman

    November 29, 2015

    travel snacks

  292. Reply

    kelly holden

    November 29, 2015

    Keep them entertained

  293. Reply

    Jill fairbank

    November 29, 2015

    Fill your trunki with lots of activities pens and stickers

  294. Reply

    Susan B

    November 29, 2015

    Do a deal before you leave on long journeys for a reward for good behaviour until arrival at your destination.

  295. Reply

    Amy Lambert

    November 29, 2015

    Always bring lots of activities to keep them amused on long journeys and plenty of snacks!

  296. Reply

    Allan Fullarton

    November 29, 2015

    Pack travel games.

  297. Reply

    lia sturman

    November 29, 2015

    lots of snacks and things to do x

  298. Reply

    Sarah N

    November 29, 2015

    I always take a tablet or smartphone loaded with games and videos and plenty of snacks.

  299. Reply

    Adam Berger

    November 29, 2015

    Take bite size fruit and toys.

  300. Reply

    rachel clennell

    November 29, 2015

    Sticker books. A fab lightweight timefillling activity. Failing that food and lots of it!

  301. Reply

    David Price

    November 29, 2015

    I encourage them to read but also use as a chance to have a long conversation about all sorts of things you might not when you don’t have a captive audience

  302. Reply

    kat pope

    November 29, 2015

    make sure they stay up the night before, so they sleep!

  303. Reply

    dianne davidson

    November 29, 2015

    I always find that travel games and their favourite comfort toy helps x

  304. Reply

    Rose Vincent

    November 29, 2015

    Take plenty of snacks and drinks! Loads of things to keep them entertained and wet wipes always come in handy

  305. Reply

    esther james

    November 29, 2015

    Take plenty of snacks!

  306. Reply

    Donna Caldwell

    November 29, 2015

    Plenty of I spy

  307. Reply

    LAURA ELIZABETH DAVIES

    November 29, 2015

    Take some audio books all the family can enjoy, thats what we did on our drive to Switzerland…and snacks!

  308. Reply

    Caroline Buckley

    November 29, 2015

    Pack in advance. There’s nothing worse than running around packing the morning you leave

  309. Reply

    Lynn Woodcock

    November 29, 2015

    Car spot bingo!

  310. Reply

    Denielle Nicol

    November 29, 2015

    Use noise cancelling headphones!.

  311. Reply

    claire little

    November 29, 2015

    singing songs and distraction.

  312. Reply

    Val Pownall

    November 29, 2015

    Be well organised, take plenty of travel games & toys, and have regular stops.

  313. Reply

    Sayeed

    November 29, 2015

    Ear plugs and Paracetamol

  314. Reply

    Leanne Bell

    November 29, 2015

    Allow yourself plenty of time, and take as many stops as you or your children need x

  315. Reply

    Elizabeth Williams

    November 29, 2015

    Be prepared. Have snacks and games to hand for entertaining them and keeping hunger at bay.

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