Travelling with kids

By Krystal Caton, Zestio

We all love to holiday, whether it’s for a couple of days or a few weeks - kids and parents alike love to travel. With a country as big as ours, why not go travelling with kids?

Throw them all in the car and hit the open road for a good old fashion family adventure.

When we take a real break from the hustle and bustle of ours lives, we get a wonderful opportunity to explore the personalities and gifts of our family. Kids grow up so fast and their tastes are constantly evolving. So when you’re making travel plans it might be a good idea to get their opinions too, no matter what age they are. Sure, they might suggest having mandatory ice-cream stops every day, but it’s all negotiable right? By getting them engaged in the planning they are more likely to be engaged during the holiday itself, and less likely to be glued to their iPad.

Whether you’re flying, driving or sailing, here are a few tips for travelling with kids for longer than a couple of hours:

  •   Pack individual lunchboxes filled with delights that each kid will enjoy eating. Think bite-sized foods that have minimal additional packaging
  • If you’re using Zestio Reusable Food Pouches then they can easily be washed and refilled at the next stop and will limit mess in the car!
  • Pack at least one activity book per child with a small selection of crayons
  • Pack a comforting toy from home to ease potential anxiety about travelling
  • Pack a small selection of interactive toys. Like a Barbie, matchbox cars or a rubix cube
  • For longer trips consider an iPad/tablet, headrest, DVD players or reading books
  • A backpack for all their “stuff” to fit in. That makes them responsible for keeping all their own gear together and somewhat organised back there

You know your kids better than anyone else so it is important to listen to your own intuition when sorting out the travel arrangements. There’s no need to take a kitchen’s worth of food or a whole toy box along because kids are going to want to explore their new surroundings. You’ll also want them to engage along the journey like our parents did with us. You could play good ‘ol eye-spy, or the game where you make a sentence out of the number plate of the car in front of you or even ‘car cricket’.

No matter what adventure you have in store for your next holiday, remember to slow down, enjoy the experiences, and enjoy your time together.

Note: The views and advice expressed on this blog post are those of the author and are not representative of the Pregnancy Babies & Children's Expo.

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