You’ve decided to go overseas with your children. Travelling with children and can be easy but it can also go pear shaped. Best to be prepared for either way. When travelling with children it can be extremely hard to keep items to a minimum. Unless you are going to the moon, remember you can always buy whatever you might need when you get there. Clothes can be washed in a sink and dried out by hanging around the room if you don’t have a self contained unit. Don’t stress the small things.
On the way to the airport
If have to travel to the airport, have snacks and a few toys for in the car.
On the plane
If you are traveling with a cheap airline like Jetstar you will need an ipad, snacks and a few toys (no more than 2). I wrapped up the snacks and the toys in wrapping paper so it would take them a bit longer and they loved the presents. Pull them out at intervals. Take bubbles for the plane the kids loved these in the seat. Take toys that you don’t care if they get lost and don’t have small little bit toys like lego.
If you are in an airline that will feed you and has an entertainment this makes life easier. I would take one snack and one toy for the kids. On Qatar they gave us so much food and toys we didn’t actually need anything. They had blankets and pillows so I didn’t take anything like that either.
Biggest part of my hand luggage was a change of clothes for each of us. This took up a lot of room. We didn’t need it but I know of so many people that have had children spew up. You need a change of clothes for yourself as they will probably spew on you.
Lollypops were great for equalizing ear pressure or if you have a baby or toddler a bottle is great for this. I even gave a bottle to my four year old to help. I didn’t give the kids much sugar on the plane. Mostly bags of popcorn or chips, I didn’t want hyper kids.
The medicine I took on the plane – ear drop, eye drops, panadol for the kids and for myself, neurofin for myself and the kids. Make sure they are in the 100ml bottles. My little one developed croup in the plane from Singapore to London the pandadol helped settle him and he fell asleep for most of the second leg.
Once again keep this to a minimum you can buy items you need at your destination. After going to a hot and a cold country in one trip. I only packed an extra change of clothes for us each. We would rotate a day about and then I would wash our clothes. In the hotel I washed them in the sink and the hotel room looked like a Chinese laundry.Then in the UK I was staying in a house and had a washing machine. This worked fine.
2 long sleeve shirts each
2 short sleeve shirts each
2 pairs of shorts each
2 pair of pants (one track suit)
2 pairs of pj’s each (one winter, one summer)
2 pairs of socks and underwear
1 pair of bathers each (both my bathers and my daughters bather were on their last legs and I threw them out at the end of the trip as I didn’t need them for the UK).
1 winter jacket each.
For myself I packed the same but one pair of summer pants and one pair of jeans.
The hardest part of travelling with children is getting through customs with tired kids. The plane trip was fine, hostess are helpful, people are helpful and you just have to look after yourself and kids. They feed you, you can watch a movie, there are no dishes and you can order a drink. Sounds like a holiday to me. I found it enjoyable. Remember you can have just as much trouble getting through long lines at the checkout in Coles as you can with customs. It will come to an end and you will get there.
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Have a great trip and enjoy your holiday.