Top 3 Tips For Travelling Abroad With Children

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As a family, we travel as often as we can - it's one of our favourite things to do together. Every year we take a family holiday abroad, usually to the Balearic Islands, sometimes to mainland Spain, and we like to travel around the UK too. Most of my childhood memories are centered around holidays with my family so I know how important they are and we are fortunate enough to be able to provide them for our children. That said, the thought of travelling with children can sometimes sound daunting, especially to new parents but that doesn't have to be the case. Preparation is key and here are my top 3 tips for travelling abroad with children.

1. Travel Insurance
Travel insurance should be a priority whether you are travelling in this country, abroad, whether you have children or not. You should never travel without it, it's your safety net if you are to find yourself in a tricky situation with cancelled flights, lost baggage, stolen property, illness or injury. I'd recommend buying in separately, rather than in a package deal because you can often find it cheaper that way.

2. Medications and first aid kits
My first point leads me nicely onto my second. I tend to fret about my children becoming ill or hurting themselves while we are on holiday so I make sure to pack plenty of things that I'd need for them under those circumstances. I have a travel first aid kit which is filled with plasters, bandages, antiseptic wipes, nail scissors, Calpol sachets, and more. My children aren't on any regular medication, though I'm aware many are and are accustomed to travelling with Oxygen and daily meds. It's important to check with your flight operator before you go.

3. Activities and snacks
My last, but certainly not least essential has got to be activities and snacks. I wouldn't travel without them. Keeping your children entertained and fed is the key to stress-free travelling. Whenever we go anywhere I make sure to pack my children a travel bag each, filled to the brim with colouring books, sticker books, play-doh, books, surprise toys, biscuits, crisps, fruit. They really love knowing they have goodies waiting for them and like the responsibility of looking after their own bag too.

Do you have any tips that you would like to share?


  1. Travel Insurance does seem a must have. Especially with children and travelling abroad. As children are precious to us, they are quick to explore, as curious, with lack of knowledge and experience due to young age :- Risks exist, particularly risk of accidents.

    Information :- Up to date and accurate can be helpful.

    Rachel Craig

  2. Activities and Snacks :- Very much needed. Responsibility for their own activity /snack bags gives them something to focus / concentrate on, and to value.

    Rachel Craig