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My Top Tips For Travelling Abroad With A Toddler #MatalanSummerTips



We've now been abroad a handful of times with Amelia since she was born and have discovered many tips and tricks along the way for travelling with a baby or toddler whether that's by car, ferry, plane or train. Travelling child free can be stressful enough so if you're planning a trip soon and are nervous I thought I would share my top tips for travelling abroad with a toddler and what I've learned along the way. 

If you are planning to fly buy a seat on the plan for long trips for your toddler. Unless of course you have a toddler who will fall asleep anywhere and in any position then don't worry. I found it rather crammed having Amelia sat on top of us the whole 9+ hour flight and could really have done with my own space and being able to get up when I pleased. On short haul flights, if they're not busy you may be lucky to get a seat towards the back of the plane as they're usually quieter. When we went to tenerife and Amelia was 6 months old we managed to get her own seat that way so she could lay down and sleep, being a baby it wasn't that much of a big deal but when she was 20 months on a 9 hour flight it would have been heaven!

Let your toddler run free - Allow your toddler to run free when you can perhaps at the departure lounge if you are flying or if you're travelling by car when you stop. Don't worry about them making a noise, you'll thank yourself later when they have tired themselves out and fall asleep! 


Toddler Bag - Prepare a bag for your toddler to carry this could be a little backpack or a Trunki as they are easier to pull along and your tot can have a ride too. Fill it with lots of exciting activities such as books, colouring in books, stickers, travel games, toys, and snacks along with a few of their favourite home comforts. 

Snacks - Pack as many snacks as you can possibly fit in your bag or car. You could even prepare a little goody bag full of snacks minus the sweets for take off and landing to help with sore ears. Pack foods such as breadsticks, fruit, biscuits, crackers, sandwiches, raisins, rice cakes, cheese string, grapes and other easy to eat snacks which won't leave a mess. 

iPad/DVD player - These will be a life saver great for car journeys as well as on flights. They can also be used once you've reached your destination. Load them up with your toddlers favourite programmes, films and apps and they will be happy  


Travel during nap time - Whether you are flying or travelling by car try and travel part of the journey during your toddlers nap or bedtime if possible. Travelling with a sleeping and refreshed toddler is a zillion times better than travelling with a fussy, tempered toddler. 

Pack some plastic food storage bags - These are handy to have tucked away in your changing bag or the back of the car for dirty clothes or unexpected poo explosions. They will seal away the smell and can easily be packed away into the suitcase to be washed when you arrive at your destination. 

My final tip would have to be to stay calm! If you are calm and relaxed then your toddler will more than likely be too. If they sense that you are stressed or arguing with your partner then they are more likely to get frustrated or play up. Don't worry about other passengers if you're travelling publicly and  take it in turns with another adult to look after the children to give each other a break. 

What tips do you have for travelling with a toddler?

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34 comments

  1. Great tips!!
    L x
    Http://workingmumy.blogspot.com

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  2. I recently went away with my 6 month old girl! So much packing! Great tips :)
    Sabrina x
    myminimeblog.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. If going abroad on a flight- take a very lightweight maybe even second hand buggy with you- they just throw pushchairs on the planes and they get damaged really easily- no good when you get on holiday and need it!

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  4. Really good tips for what can be a very stressful time!

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  5. We've yet to experience a holiday abroad with children - we've decided to wait until youngest is out of nappies before considering it to save the hassle. Cornwall and Wales it is for us for a few years!!

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  6. Some great tips here, we took my little boy to Spain last year and its was a nightmare, never again!x

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  7. Brilliant tips, not a fan of travelling with my 2 monkeys !!! xxx

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  8. Good tips. I'll keep them in mind.

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  9. some great tips

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  10. Michael Botzaropoulos9 June 2014 at 20:16

    Travelling with kids isn't that bad, it's all in the planning !

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  11. My goddaughter has a Trunki and we've found it to be a lifesaver on long journeys, like you :)

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  12. I will pass on these tips to my daughter-in-law.

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  13. Excellent ideas

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  14. laura jayne bates11 June 2014 at 20:16

    some fantastic tips in here

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  15. Some great tips, I aways dread travelling with my little one :)

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  16. I love how cute and organised her Trunki is!! Our Trunkis always go away with us now x

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  17. I love the trunkis, fun for kids and practical also.

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  18. Great post, very helpful for when we go to LA next May with our 2.5yr old

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  19. Preparation is the key to success. Amy has been flying since she's 4 months old and she loves it.

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  20. I like the tip about letting them run free and make noise at the departure lounge. I'll think twice before telling them to pipe down when we go to Florida in November. x

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  21. Great sensible advice :)

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  22. Jane Middleton13 June 2014 at 20:06

    Thanks for the tips, I think it's always good to tire them out a bit with some activity beforehand or during long periods of travel.

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  23. Off to Spain in August with a 5 yr old and a little one who will be 19 months so that makes interesting reading! :)

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  24. Great tips. I found travelling with my daughters easier than I thought it would be abd definitely agree with your tip to let them run free! We were in a tiny boring airport waiting for a delayed flight but she was happy to just run around.

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  25. Great tips, thank you. I could use them I have 3 boys under the age if 4 xx

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  26. Mine are a bit older but some things still apply. I'll past the tips onto my son as he's got 3 under 4's

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  27. I have never been brave enough to travel abroad with small children, but this info would have been very useful if I had!

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  28. I would suggest taking an iPod or similar music storage with headphones so that the little ones can listen to music or stories that they like. Sometimes if children are looking down at screens, books or toys they can suffer motion sickness. listening to music with their eyes closed can often help reduce that sickness feeling

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