Having most recently relocated with two young children interstate, the complexity of ‘travelling with kids’ has taken on a whole new meaning.
Along the way I have garnered a few travel tips that have made things even a teeny bit easier, and wanted to share for any parents wanting some help surviving a ‘holiday’ or move with small kids:
- Pack like Mary Poppins: as you will know kids have a knack for creating chaos wherever they go. So, when it comes to packing, take everything you think you'll need, and then add an extra suitcase for the random assortment of items your children will insist on bringing, like their collection of rocks they just have to bring!
- Be prepared for the journey: If you're traveling by plane, arrive early at the airport to avoid stress. Bring items to keep your child comfortable during the journey, such as a favourite blanket or small pillow
- Snacks, snacks, and more snacks: hungry kids are not to be messed with and even if they’re not hungry they will want to snack. Keep them appeased with an arsenal of snacks that could rival a 711. Pack everything from your favourite Isaac’s Snacks to carrot sticks and cheese puffs, and don't forget the emergency stash of lollies for desperate moments
- Keep them entertained: Bring a variety of activities to keep children entertained during travel and downtime. This could include colouring books, travel games, audio books, or their favourite movies or TV shows. Engaging them with interactive games like "I Spy" or storytelling can also be fun.
- Embrace wardrobe malfunctions: Consider their food-stained shirts a statement of their unique style. And don't forget the extra change of clothes for them and you, because spills are part of the journey.
- Maintain routines: try to stick to your child's regular sleep and mealtime routines as much as possible. This can help them feel more comfortable and reduce the chances of full on meltdowns
- Be flexible and patient: unexpected situations may arise during travel, so be prepared to adapt. Children can get overwhelmed or tired, and it's important to try to take a breath and be as patient as humanly possible
Remember, traveling with children requires extra planning and patience, but it can also be an amazing opportunity for them to learn and explore. So buckle up, embrace the madness, and enjoy the journey.