Travelling with kids in the summer holidays

Long trips can be a challenge, so pre-plan activities to keep the kids entertained.

Bring your own in-flight entertainment and fill up a backpack with some essentials to keep them entertained throughout the flight.

This could include –

  • Colouring books – with plenty of pencils or crayons
  • Sticker books
  • Tablets – fully charged and lots downloaded!
  • Healthy snacks
  • Mini games – magnetic noughts & crosses
  • Card games – snap & pairs or Dobble!
  • Small easy compact toys
  • Headphones

Ask them to help you choose and carry their own backpack to get them involved. Take music your child enjoys or even have them make a playlist with you. Play games like ‘I Spy’ and other guessing games if you’re out of other ideas.

Plan ahead by making a child-friendly itinerary and get them involved, the more planning you put in the less likely that something will go wrong. Explain where you’re going, how you’re travelling & how long it could take. Prepare them in advance and let them know they may need to take off their shoes and backpack when going through airport security – this can be scary for some!

If you’ve got a night flight and want to keep them in routine, it’s a good idea to pack your hand luggage with items such as –

  • Blankets
  • Pyjamas
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Neck pillows
  • Spare clothes

Investing in ear defenders can also help protect your child’s ears from the noise on a plane and help them to get some sleep by blocking out the noises.

The change in air pressure can give children sore ears, during take-off and landing, prevent sore ears by encouraging swallowing. Get them to drink through a straw or blow bubbles through a straw. For babies and toddlers, a bottle or dummy could help.

Handy extras to consider in your hand luggage –

  • Mini first aid kit
  • Children’s medicine - if they require it
  • Lightweight travel changing mat – for babies and toddlers
  • Not forgetting plenty of hand sanitiser!

When it comes to booking seats, an aisle seat is a good idea to make it easier to access the toilet. Check if you can book seats with more room for babies and children and some airlines allow you to pre-order kids meals.

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