Travel is one of the most incredible ways to experience new cultures and create new memories.
Add kids into the mix and that brings new challenges. Whether you’re heading off on a plane or road trip with your tribe, it's key to be prepared. With these simple travel tips, you can leave stress behind and let the good times roll.
Preparation is key
Once you’re a mama, gone are the days of last minute packing and rushing out the door. When travelling with kids, preparation is everything. In the week leading up to your trip, make a list of things you’ll need to bring. As the week progresses, you’ll likely remember bits and pieces you may have otherwise left behind. No more forgotten toothbrushes!
There’s nothing more stress inducing than lost luggage on a family holiday. Packing a few changes of clothes in your carry on means always feeling fresh. Even if you're waiting for those bags to finally arrive.
Snacks, snacks and more snacks
Avoid "hangry" kids by always keeping a healthy snack or two on hand while travelling. If your tiny humans are fussy eaters, this will be a lifesaver on long haul flights.
Keeping kids entertained can be hard, especially on the go. So whether it’s an iPad loaded with apps and movies or a colouring book, bringing entertainment is key while flying. Occupied kids means some well earned space for you, mama.
Soothe sore ears
As air pressure changes while flying, your bub’s small ear passages are more prone to experiencing pain. To help minimise discomfort, a little massage behind their ears before flying can help to keep ear passages clear.
With a drop in humidity, it’s easy to become dehydrated while flying. After drinking lots of water, rehydrate your kids’ skin by applying our ultra moisturising Soothe Operator. Filled with avocado oil and shea butter, this multi purpose body balm locks in moisture.
Mini snacks. Mini drinks. Mini books. Mini skincare. The more smaller versions of your everyday essentials you can pack in your carry on, the better!
Bring comforts from home
Long car rides, plane trips and new places can all work to throw off your kids’ routines. Bringing along their favourite toy, blanket or pillow is an easy and comforting way to create a sense of home wherever you go.
Consider a home exchange
If you’ve got a larger family, finding accommodation overseas can become expensive quickly. To save money and really immerse yourself in the culture of a new country, why not consider a home exchange?
Get your kids involved
If your kids are a little older, finding ways to get them involved in your trip is always beneficial. Whether this means encouraging them to keep a travel journal, take photos or help plan activities, your travel experience – and theirs – will be made all the more memorable.