Travelling with children

Travelling with children can be challenging, they constantly need to be entertained and their attention span doesn’t last that long. So how can we make travelling with children easier, here are a few tips.

At the airport and on the plane 

  • Make sure you give yourself plenty of time to get through check in and security.
  • Allow your child to have their own carry-on luggage, even if this is just a tiny rucksack carrying a stuffed toy.
  • Airports are very busy, especially over the school holidays, make sure you know where your children are at all times and do not let them out of your sight. You may miss your flight if you have to set up a search.
  • Pack some small toys that will keep your little ones entertained for hours, as well as a few snacks. Any liquids will have to bought when passed security.
  • On a short haul flight, blankets aren’t provided; it may be an idea to have some sort of pillow/blanket so that your child can get comfy and even curl up to have a nap. Sleeping will keep them out of trouble.
  • There are seatbelts on an aeroplane for a reason. Make sure your child’s seatbelt fits; you may need to speak to cabin crew for help.
  • We know how bad it can be when your ears pop on the descent, so how do you help decrease it for you children? You can get your infant to suck on a bottle. Older children can try sucking on a sweet or chewing gum.
At your destination 

  • Be aware that hotels will not necessarily have the same standards as UK hotels and play toys provided may not meet the safety standards we are used to in the UK.
  • Check the hotel room; make sure there isn’t any exposed wiring, pest poisons or inadequate stairway/balcony railings.
  • Consider what activities your children will be partaking in and if they need different types of clothing. For example, if you go cycling and they are sat in a child seat then they may need more layers as they won’t be getting warm from the exercise like you.

Staying healthy

  • If you are heading to a hot country then make sure you have cool clothing for your children as well as sun hats and plenty of sun lotion. They can become irritated if too hot and develop heat rashes.
  • Although they may not say they are thirsty, they need to drink plenty of water and it is your job to make sure they do.
  • If the tap water isn’t safe to drink then buy some bottled water to always have at hand.
  • Take some antihistamines with you just in case of allergies as well as painkillers that your child would normally take at home.
One other main thing you must remember is travel insurance. 24/7 travel insurance provides family cover as well as single parent cover where you can add children to your policy.

A 5 day trip to Italy with the family will cost only £16.86* and you will have peace of mind just in case something should happen or you need to cancel your trip.

* Premium £16.86 includes Insurance Premium Tax based on a family policy 2 x adults aged 18-54 and 2 x children aged 3-17 taking out a ‘Standard’ Single Trip 24/7 travel insurance policy excluding personal possessions cover for 5 days in Europe. Cover details and prices are correct at time of going to press (15 July 2011) and are subject to change. You must read the policy wording to ensure you are familiar with your cover.