Tips to make travelling with children a little easier
If you’ve made the decision to move to another city within Australia, packing up the house and transporting all of your furniture is just one of the jobs you probably won’t be looking forward to.
Add travelling with small children in a car for a number of hours and moving can be a very challenging experience.
There are a few tips and tricks you can use to make the trip more relaxing, and in some cases, even more enjoyable.
- Firstly, while you’ll want to send the majority of your little one’s toys and games on a truck or plane, ensure you leave some out to keep them occupied. Even if it’s only a 10 minute window, it’s worthwhile.
- Take your stroller with you in the car so that you can make stops on your trip. It will give you the chance to get some fresh air, fuel up and take a break.
- Pack some provisions the night before the car trip. Make sure you’ve got nappies, plenty of wipes and clean clothes. A towel can also come in handy.
- Take a blanket and a pillow in the car to provide a bit of comfort for your child. Chances are the more comfortable they are, the more likely they are to sleep.
- Take a first aid kit... just in case. Pack items including band aids and insect spray, a hat and sunscreen.
- Pack some snacks and plenty of drinking water in the car. There’s nothing worse than driving around new towns looking for a supermarket while your hungry child cries in the backseat.
- Make sure you take your time and don’t rush the trip. Take time out for exploration along the way.
- Get your i-spy hat on and be prepared to entertain.
- Have some music ready to play, even if it’s The Wheels on the Bus, on repeat. At least it will keep them happy.
- If you’re flying between cities, wrap up a few small toys that can present to your child as presents during the flight. This will keep them occupied and interested.
- Take a shade cloth for the car window so you can keep the sun off your child’s face.
This post is part of a series about making moving easier with young children. You can read earlier articles, including tips for managing separation anxiety, and tips for moving when your child attends Goodstart on our blog.