Traveling With Kids

How To Travel With Kids

I still remember my First Trip as MoM with a 4-month-old to Prague, still feels like yesterday. No matter if it's your far and wide family trip, or a weekend excursion on-road or just visiting natives, it can be so tempting to pack all the things to cover every potential situation. 


Traveling with kids

I know I’ve definitely wanted to pack the gas stove when making a packing list for babies😉. We had so many questions and don't even know where to begin. 

"What do we need to pack?
How do we keep the kid entertained?
What if the kid does not feel comfortable?"

With no experience as traveling parents, we defaulted to the way we traveled as a couple. That strategy was a good starting point, but we learned a few valuable lessons the hard way and made a few mistakes. Now having traveled with a Kid for many years, I have learned a lot about most of the HOWs & WHATs   … 
I want to share some of the most relevant things, you need to know for your next trip with your offspring.

What To Pack For Travel With Kids

Be Informed Of Baggage Limits:

Check in advance about the carry on regulation, baggage, and weight allowed for both kind of luggage with your airlines to avoid any confusion. Baby formula, baby food, and milk are usually allowed in reasonable quantities beyond the regulation of carry-on liquid size.

Consolidate the Substantials:

Into one small, light backpack, pack the trailing, the most important belongings-
Copies of birth certificates hard and soft copy both... (airports occasionally ask for proof of baby’s birthdate even when flying domestically so this is good to have on your baby travel checklist)
  • Passport
  • Ticket
  • Your cash and carry
  • Driver's License 
  • Immigration Documents (If it is an overseas journey)
  • Travel Insurance Docs

Exclusive Bag:

Be it Road, Train, Bus Or Airplane journey, I shoulder this one without fail. This knapsack is "Easy Access Bag". I find it more convenient plus you can ask your partner to find the specific stuff at a specific place.
So no more fidgeting and juggling. In this bag I prefer to pack all baby essentials in miniature form:
  • Baby Food (For Toddlers) - Fruit Purry/ Mashed Veggies/ Curd Rice/ Biscuits/ Cereals / Hot water
  • Feeding Spoon & Bowl
  • Wet Wipes - Small Pack
  • Diapers (For infants & Toddlers) - minimum 5
  • Nursing Cover if needed
  • Tethers (For toddlers) - yes single tether will not do when it comes to traveling. Conditions there.... are mood-driven
  • Pacifier - 2 (Prescribed for landings and takeoffs) if the baby is weaning
  • Diaper Changing Sheet (use and throw)

20 essential tips for packing with kids

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Feeding Bottle - 1 & one extra bottle nipple, as there will be no provision of sterilizing
  • Snacks (For Kids) - Cut Fruits/ Boiled Eggs/ Cookies/ Nuts/ Roasted Dry Fruits/ Pasta Salad/ Banana Chips/ Energy Bars/ Chocolates/ Lollies
  • Toys - So this is more kid-specific. Like my daughter never leaves home without her Bunny. We have to tug that little guy along.
  • Stationery - One or two paperback storybooks,  coloring books, Pencil color-small, Crayons, Activity book(with multiple puzzles and activities), Notepads, pencil, eraser, and sharpener
  • Clothes - One set of extra clothing, Extra Sock, Hand Towel
  • Accessories - Especially with girls you need some extra Clips and Rubbers
  • Prescribed Medicines or Vitamins
  • Compact fleece
  • Paper Tissues
  • Toiletries 
  • Zip Bags
  • Teeny tiny packs of powder detergent
  • Do load your devices with kid stuff

Packing Cubes:

Sorting items into sturdy, lightweight, canvas zipper bags eliminates the stress of digging through suitcases - Label your packing cubes so child has one of her own. Once on the road, dirty clothes go into a designated laundry cube.

The Bulk:

For a Weekend Get Away

For Girls
  • 1 pair of pants/top/ (I like to keep a pair of stretchy pants that can also be worn under a dress as leggings if needed – then she can wear either these or her base layers under, or both if it’s quite cold)
  • 1 nightdress 
  • 3 Dresses 
  • A couple of small hair accessories.
For Boys
  • 2 pair of pants and shorts
  • 4 tops
  • 1 nightdress.
For Babies
  • 2 long-sleeved bodysuits
  • 2 short-sleeved bodysuits
  • 4 tops
  • 2 pairs of pants
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 one-piece outfit
  • 1 extra pair jammies
  • Diapers (If we’re traveling somewhere and staying in one place, we’ll take enough for one day, then buy them there. If it is not a staycation and we need to hop to some different destination we take about a week or two stock, since we’d have to make room for them at some point, anyway.)
  • Swaddle or sleep sack

For Couple Of Weeks

Think small, versatile, and layers. Pack comfortable favorites, avoid cluttering by not adding loved ones. Balance what they'd love to have and hate to lose. Don't stint on undies and socks, and pair of PJs if there’s room.


Footloose: 

Certainly go with the defined meaning of this word. Keep only comfortable footwear and a pair of flip flops to travel freely. Traveling is very exhausting for kids so try to ease out for them. Kids do have growing pains and a fancy shoe will double their misery of not being in their comfort zone. Keep the pace slow and relaxing. Don’t try to replicate the way you used to travel before kids. Things are different now, so try not to squeeze too many activities or sightseeing into one day. Enjoy your big activity or adventure in the morning when everyone is fresh and recharged. Break up the day and spend some quiet time back at the hotel before you venture out again. In Gist, prefer comfort over style. 

First Aid: 

Here comes the real point of action. We as mothers think of all the negativity that can happen on a trip. In a way, it is no bad! Though critical thinking can bulge the suitcase to edge. Include general medication for allergic reactions, upset stomachs, ibuprofen, anti-itch cream, Vaseline, Neosporin for open wounds, hot water bag, a thermometer, bandages, antiseptic cream, tweezers and a pin protected by a wine-cork (for splinters), nail clippers and a hot water bottle. 

Baby Gears: 

Personally I bring my own gear. All I really need is a babycarrier, an umbrella, and a stroller that is light. 

Traveling With Kids During COVID - 19:

  • First of all avoid, avoid, avoid non essential travel
  • If you have decided to fly or commute by any means of travel, be prepared mentally and physically on social distancing
  • If I have to do so, I may Prefer Air Travel for longer routes
  • Get super educated about booking, seat selection and boarding policies
  • Reduce check-in bags thus touch-points will automatically be reduced
  • Wear your mask all the time - obviously! For kids check all the guidelines prescribed by WHO thoroughly  
  • Bring wet sanitizing wipes and sterilize your surrounding and belongings as and when needed
  • Eat before and after you go to the airport so you don't have to remove the mask 
  • If you are comfortable to take baby or kids gear along then tug the stroller, this will make them sit in their safe place and won't give them freedom of exploring any kind of infected surface, however it is totally optional and dependent on the mode of transport and your wish
  • Please Do Check CDC and WHO guidelines before planing any kind of travel


Behavioral Tips when Travelling With Kids


Involve Kids:

I involve my kid in the packing process not because it's easier on me (it isn't), but because it builds her excitement for the trip. It also eases the anxiety that comes with leaving home. We discuss what to expect and what we might need, and pick out a few new toys, books and activities to enjoy on trip.
About a week before the trip, she packs her own carry-on bag. She loves thinking about the trip, planning for the trip, anticipating the trip. And as a travel lover, I love that she love that too. But I still make sure that we all have what we need, and that I know exactly where to find it.

Treat For Kids:

Bring small presents and/or treats and reward your little ones for good behavior. When on a long flight or train ride, give your children a small present like a toy car, puzzle, or coloring book. Not only does it encourage good behavior but it also keeps them entertained. It’s a good idea to let your children choose a few small souvenirs from the places you visit so they have a memento from the trip. 


Stress Free travel with kids

Watch Your Actions:

The reality is that even the calmest of children have a breaking point. Crying and misbehaving will happen, so it’s up to you, how you react will set the tone for future flights. If you freak out too, there’s a good chance your children will associate air travel with daddy and mommy being angry.
Don’t worry about what others think. Many people on the plane are parents that have been in your position before. They can empathize with you and are usually willing to give a hand when needed.
Stay cool. Smile. Ask for help. It will be over before you know it.

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It takes a little more planning and an adjustment of attitude, but you’ll be so glad you made the extra effort when you see the positive impact, travel will have on your children…and you. Remember, travel is supposed to be fun. So make it fun!


8 comments

  1. Wow there are so many great tips here! I don't even have kids yet but took note on a lot of things when thinking of my nieces and nephews. I am always in awe when I see people traveling with young kids and seem to have it all together! It's hard enough for me to make sure I have everything for myself :) thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hi Kalin!..Thank your for your precious time! As far as travel with kids is concerned I think it is something anybody can do, however packing just need to be apt and precise...though it is next to impossible not to forget an exact and particular stuff that you may need the most... hahaha

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  2. Such a great post! I love to solo travel so I imagine I'd be so overwhelmed if I had to looks after kids as well, but these are all really great tips! Bringing along treats for the kids as well is such a lovely thing to do :)

    Amy | Little Lion Books

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    1. Hi Amy..I must say you have an eye for detail :)
      Thank you so much for appreciating!!

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  3. Some really great tips! I don't have kids at the moment but I have been on trips with my little cousins and definitely would have benefitted from this list. I definitely agree with the idea of consolidating important items even as a solo traveler. Really important to have the essential items handy! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Hello Meebs! Could Not Agree more !!...I have experienced all kinds of traveling as of now believe me lighter the wait more the fun!..For travel essentials there is another post here on my blog...that may interest you :) pls have a look and let me know in comment section.. how do you like it :) Thank you for supporting!

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  4. I don't have kids but these are some really useful tips for people who do!

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    1. Hi Lauren! Thank you for your precious time..pls have a look on other posts related to travel..there is another one on travel essentials that may interest you :)

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