A long haul flight with a screaming child is nobody’s idea of a relaxing journey.
However, to minimise the stress of travelling with children, there are some top tips you can try.
Travelling with children by road needn’t be a nightmare. They key, as with many things, is preparation.
Plan your route thoroughly, check the traffic before you set off and think about the best time of day to travel. Travelling in the evening could mean your children sleep the whole way.
To avoid being driven up the wall by the constant “Are we there yet?” try to distract your children as much as possible. Don’t forget to pack:
For more great tips from parents online, visit the mumsnet website.
Ensure that your children are comfortable in the back seat before travelling, especially on long journeys.
If your child suffers from travel sickness, try asking your GP or pharmacist if there are any medicines they can safely take.
Even if your child isn't usually sick, it's worth being prepared.
Keep a plastic bag in the glove compartment in case anyone starts to feel a little green. It's also a good idea to pack plenty of kitchen towels, disposable wipes or similar just in case.
Also, some air freshener to take away any lingering smells could help you all avoid feeling queasy.
Travelling by train with children can be less stressful than most other forms of transport.
Don’t forget to check what the health situation is like the country you’re travelling to.
Children may need extra vaccinations before they travel. For more information visit the Foreign travel advice section on the GOV.UK website.
You should also make sure your children have up to date passports. For more information on applying for or renewing a child’s passport, visit the Passports section on the GOV.UK website.
Last edited: 7 June 2016