Are you getting excited? Your holiday is imminent, but wait! You still have to do the packing. I don’t know about you, but packing for holidays used to be the worst part about a holiday (although the unpacking and washing come a close second).
It’s hard enough trying to work out what to take at the best of time but the new restrictions on hand luggage make it even harder, especially when travelling with young children.
Here are my top tips on how to pack hand luggage to ensure a smooth journey;
Spare outfit for everyone
You always hope it won’t happen to you but you can guarantee the one time you fail to take spare clothing in your hand luggage will be the time your checked bags get lost or delayed. At the very least take spare underwear for everyone.
Fully charged tech devices (and headphones)
When travelling with children we have found their Kindles to be worth their weight in gold. Download a couple of new movies and games to keep them entertained and for the love of flying, make sure they are fully charged! Also, don’t forget the headphones if you don’t want to listen to Peppa Pig on loop or upset your neighbours or it will be a very looooong flight.
Travel Games and Stickers
This one is very much age-dependent but we found stickers kept a younger Albie entertained really well. If yours are too old for stickers then think about taking playing cards, Top Trumps or magnetic board games.
Books and Toys
If all goes well with the aforementioned items then you might want to take a book for yourself to sit back and relax whilst the children are otherwise entertained (who am I kidding??)
Take their favourite reading book too as well as a few small toys or colouring books.
Boiled Sweets or Lollipops
The old tips are the best and this one isn’t going away any time soon. Sucking sweets or lollies will help to prevent the ears from popping at take-off and landing. A lollipop is ideal for younger passengers.
Multi-purpose balm for Face and Lips
Air conditioning during air travel is notorious for drying your skin out so carry a multi-purpose balm to moisturise your face and lips and keep you feeling fresh.
As if you would travel anywhere without wet wipes after becoming a parent? Is there anything that you can’t use these miracle cloths for? I don’t think so!
Kids get their little fingers everywhere and will find the tiniest piece of food and debris left by previous travellers. Keep your travel area as clean as possible with a sanitiser spray to avoid nasty bugs in-flight.
Children will generally get their own hand luggage allowance so be sure to take advantage of this when working out your allowance. You’ll probably end up being the one to carry it all but you’ll be pleased to have everything you need.