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Packing tips for travelling with kids.

Whether you're headed off on an overseas adventure, or nipping off on a quick domestic escape, a family holiday is a beautiful experience that makes lifelong memories.

However the luggage situation- and the actual travelling part of the holiday can be stressful. Here are some of my packing tips for travelling with kids.

Should your children share luggage?

To share or not to share? That is the question. I suggest using your children's ages as a guide as to whether they should share luggage or not. By considering the ages of your kids, you can get the right balance between convenience and independence, making the travel experience more enjoyable and easier for everyone involved.

Children aged five and younger

For younger kids, it's often more practical to share a larger suitcase with their parents. This way, you can manage their belongings and avoid them getting overwhelmed with their own bag. however allow them a backpack for the plane. Choose a small backpack or ride along Trunki as their carry-on bag, containing essentials such as snacks, activities, a favourite toy, and a change of clothes.

Children aged six and older

I recommend individual luggage for children aged six years or older. Older kids can feel a sense of independence and responsibility by having their own suitcase. let them pack their essentials with your guidance. On the plane, older kids can handle a slightly larger carry-on such as a small rolling suitcase or a backpack, containing their entertainment, gadgets, snacks and travel documents.

Packing tips for travelling with kids: Checked Suitcases

  • Check baggage allowances Be aware of the baggage allowances for your mode of travel to avoid extra fees or complications.

  • Choose practical luggage Invest in lightweight and durable suitcases, travel backpacks and carry-ons suitable for kids.

  • Make a list Create a detailed packing checklist, including clothing, toiletries, entertainment, and essential documents.

  • Start early Begin the packing process well in advance to avoid last minute stress and ensure you have everything you need.

  • Pack light Minimise the number of outfits and go for mix-and-match clothing to reduce the overall luggage weight.

  • Heavy items at the bottom Place heavier items at the bottom of the suitcase to keep it stable and to prevent squishing the lighter more delicate items.

  • Let kids pack their essentials Involve the children in the packing process and allow them to choose some of their favourite items and clothes.

  • Roll clothes instead of folding Rolling clothes saves space and prevents wrinkles.

  • Use packing cubes To keep everyones clothes organised and easily accessible, use different cubes for each family member or use them to categorise items such as tops, bottoms, swimwear, pyjamas, and accessories.

  • Travel-size toiletries Use travel sized toiletries or refillable bottles to save space and avoid spills.

  • Ziplock bags Pack a few ziplock bags for organising small items and keeping things like snacks and wet clothes seperate, plus a few extra bags for dirty clothes and unexpected messes.

  • First-aid kit Always carry a basic first aid kit with band-aids, antiseptic wipes, pain relief, and any necessary medications.

Packing tips for travelling with kids: Carry-on

  • Travel documents and ID have a printed or digital copy of your travel itinerary, including flight details, hotel reservations, and planned activities. Keep passports, visas, travel insurance, and ID's in a secure travel wallet. make photocopies or digital scans of essential documents and keep them seperate incase of loss or theft. Also leave this information with a friend or family member back home as well.

  • Snacks and drinks Pack a variety of snacks and drinks, especially during long flights and rides.

  • Entertainment and activities Ensure you have a mix of toys, colouring in and electronic devices to keep the kids engaged during travel.

  • Blankets and comfort items Bring along a favourite blanket, stuffed animal, or any comfort items to help your child feel cosy and safe during the trip.

  • Reusable water bottles Stay hydrated by carrying reusable water bottles for the whole family.

Travel essentials that are often forgotten

As an organisation expert, my superpower is being prepared for anything. Ensure you are too by packing these often forgotten essentials for winter, summer, international and domestic trips.

  • Weather appropriate clothing Check the weather forecast for your destination and pack accordingly to keep the kids comfortable.

  • Universal power adaptor Ensure you can charge devices in any country you visit.

  • Cultural sensitivity Pack appropriate clothing and accessories to respect local customs and traditions at your destination.

  • Language aids Carry travel phrasebooks or language apps to get the kids learning new phrases and languages.

  • Extra nappies and wipes Even if you think you have enough, pack a few extras for unexpected delays.

  • Spare change of clothes Be prepared for accidents and spills during the flight, or flight delays and lost luggage,= by having back up clothes for both adults and kids in your carry-on.

  • Baby carrier Wearing a baby carrier allows you to keep your hands free for handling luggage and moving through the airport easily.

  • Hand warmers Slip a couple of hand warmers into your luggage for chilly days.

  • Sun Protection Pack sunscreen, wide brimmed hats and sunglasses to protect from the sun.

  • Swimwear essentials Don't forget swimsuits, rashies, swim nappies, towels and inflatable floaties for pool and beach time.

  • Antibacterial wet wipes A life saver for cleaning hands, faces and surfaces on the go.

  • Power bank To ensure all of your devices stay charged during long outings.

  • Travel laundry bag Keep the dirty clothes seperate and organised.

Remember, amidst all the planning and packing, the heart of the journey lies in cherishing these moments with your little ones. So embrace the adventure, create lasting memories and may your holiday be filled with so much joy! Safe and happy travels!


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