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8 Tips for Traveling Safely with Children

Many parents face traveling with their kids with a mixture of excitement and apprehension.

While it is exciting to experience the world through their eyes and spend time together without the interruptions of regular life, it is also a move away from the safe familiarity of your own home, where you know what to do and where to go if something goes wrong. One of the biggest dreads is the actual journey itself – so many variables, stresses and unpredictable outcomes. So how can you best prepare for your trip? Here are 8 tips to help the journey go that little bit more smoothly.

1. Hand Luggage

Take all your essential items for your child in your hand luggage. Include items like extra nappies, bottles and snacks in case of delays. It’s also a good idea to bring spare clothing, especially if you will arrive at night when temperatures are cooler and children are tired and feel the chill a bit more. Also baby wipes – even if the kids are out of nappies, can come in very handy for wiping hands, cleaning surfaces etc.

2. Drink plenty of water

Once you get through security, or at bus and train stations buy a couple of bottles of water. Traveling is seriously dehydrating and little ones certainly feel it, so make sure to keep hydrated.

3. Make sure someone is ‘on duty’ on long trips

It sounds obvious, but always make sure that an adult is awake when traveling with children. I've saw a couple who were both asleep and their child woke up and was wondering up the aisle of the train.

4. Seat your child away from the aisle

It might sound wrong, considering most parents expect to spend the entire journey walking up and down the aisle with busy toddlers, but it’s better if you sit on the outside and keep them away from hot trolleys with coffee and food passing by.

5. Airline Approved Car Seats

It is crazy to think legislation is so strict on car seat safety and not on planes, trains and buses. If your car seat is ‘Airline Approved’ (it’ll have a sticker to say so on it), this means you can bring the seat on board and install it like you would in a car. However, you will more than likely need to purchase an extra seat (even for children under two, who normally travel for free).

6. Amsafe Harness

This looks exactly like the harness on a child’s car seat and fits around the seat of an aircraft. If you book a separate seat for an under 2, most airlines require that you buy this. But it’s a fairly useful safety item even for bigger children, especially with turbulence.

7. First Aid Kit

Always pack a small first aid kit for holidays. Of course, if there is serious illness or injury you’ll be heading straight to the doctor, but pack a small amount of ‘everyday’ stuff you have at home. Include antiseptic wipes, plasters, thermometer, sting cream, antihistamines. Medications such as Calpol often come in handy travel sachets too.

8. Label Them

It’s stating the obvious but airports, train stations, bus stations are all busy places with crowds of people, as are cities, festivals, markets. There are all sorts gadgets out there, from mini alarms to tracking devices that you can attach to your child in case they get lost in a crowd. Even simply writing your contact number on their arm is better than nothing.

For more advice on travel, check out our travel experts, The Stork Exchange


About the Author

I’m Olivia Mai, founder of The Stork Exchange and Mum to two small children. The Stork Exchange is a children's equipment rental service that was born from a dearth of options for parents traveling with infants and small children. It's not easy to travel with kids, much less lug everything with you and speaking from personal experience we found the car seats and cots etc that are provided by many car rental companies or hotels etc are not great quality... so we set up The Stork Exchange!   We offer everything from isofix car seats, holiday 'buggy-in-a-bag', travel cots and highchairs, all quality brands, sanitized and safety-checked before every single hire. Our staff are trained and insured and will install the car seat into your car for you.

We work closely with a number of airlines and car rental companies and have spent several years developing and investing in our product range. I am constantly asked questions by parents about travelling with kids; what equipment to bring, what not to bring, what’s allowed by airlines, what’s not. Being at the airport day in day out means I am pretty close to it all and as a result have built up loads of knowledge, tips and nuggets of practical and useful information I'm happy to share. We also learn from the experiences of other Mums and Dads. It’s genuinely great to be able to help make the journey and holiday a bit easier for parents. 

Want to get in touch? Email us at info@thestorkexchange.ie. Check out our website and social channels at the icons above.

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