Top Tips for Traveling with Children

January 24, 2018

Taking children on holiday with you, is not always a simple task. In fact, it can be quite a challenge and can cause stress levels to rise, which is the last thing you want when going on holiday. Whether you are jetting on to a sunny resort or just taking a trip across the county to a remote cottage for a few days, traveling with kids can take some serious planning.

Our ‘how to’ guide is here to relieve this stress and help make your pre-holiday planning prep, a little easier.

Discover our top tips to ensure a smooth holiday getaway!

Pack a bag of things to do!

Whether you are traveling by plane, car, boat or train, always pack a bag of things to do. Especially when traveling with children.

Pack it full of things to do; games, colouring, devices, the works!

Whenever you hear those dreaded words ‘are we there yet?’ or ‘I’m bored’ be confident that you have come prepared with a bag of tricks to keep them happy and to combat boredom.

Think of some traveling games

If you are taking a long trip somewhere, we would highly recommend thinking of some fun journey games to play to pass the time.

Children love games and they are the perfect way to pass the time. Discover our long journey game guide below:

1). Eye spy

This game is perfect for any type of journey. Long or short, this is the perfect game to play to pass the time.

2). The number plate game

Ideal for long journeys on the motorway. Try to make a word out of the letters on another cars number plate. See who can be the most creative!

3). Spot the object

Choose an object and the first player to spot it wins! To make it more competitive, keep track of the points scored by each player.

4). The alphabet game

This game can be played on any type of journey!

The first player has the think of an object starting with the letter A, the next person would then think of one beginning with the letter B, but before saying it would have to say what’s been said previously. For example:

  • Person 1 – A: Apple
  • Person 2: A Apple, B: Bike
  • P1: A: Apple, B: Bike, C: Car

And so on…

Consider taking your Nanny on holiday with you

If you have a nanny employed to work with your family, why not consider asking her on holiday with you to take care of the children and to minimize the stress to you when it comes to traveling to your destination.

Allow your nanny to keep them occupied and happy whilst traveling to relieve the pressure from you.

Plan ahead your journey

Whatever type of getaway you are making, make sure you plan ahead and know what you might face.

If you are flying, prepare for a long wait at the airport. If you are driving, prepare for long delays on the motorway and for traffic build ups.

A top tip to keep children happy is to plan regular stops. Have a look ahead of your journey and see if there are any service stations or towns that you can pull in to take a break from driving, stretch your legs and grab a quick snack.

Take it at your own pace

The key to a successful journey is to take regular breaks and take it at your own pace. This might be difficult if you have to get be somewhere at a certain time or if you have to board a train or a plane, but always allow a little bit of extra time. 


So, if you are planning on making a getaway with your children, try to consider a few of the above to make your holiday travel as smooth and stress free as possible.

Written by Emily Martin for Harmony at Home Limited. All Rights Reserved, 2018

Posted by Charlotte Hudson, PA to the Director | Filed Under Family Holiday, Family Travel