Stress busting tips for travelling with toddlers!

May 29, 2015

Are we there yet?

I’m bored!

How many times have you heard this whilst travelling with your little ones. Even if we’re just going a short distance down the road, I get asked the inevitable, “Are we there yet?” question!

A recent survey carried out by Airport’s, parking and hotels (APH) has revealed that 15.6% of people thought that travelling with children was one of the main causes of travel stress in the UK.

I can really relate to this! We’re going on holiday next month with our twins and will be travelling by plane as we’re flying to Menorca. It’s only a short flight, but I can already feel myself getting slightly worked up about it!

We first took our twins abroad two years ago when we visited Menorca for the first time. They were 18 months old and I packed my backpack full of toys, books and a countless number of stickers in an attempt to keep them entertained from the minibus from our home to the airport and then from the airport to our hotel. I think we were quite lucky that the girls were actually really well behaved. I didn’t need any of the things that I’d packed because the girls were just in awe of the aeroplane and all of the surroundings!

This year may be slightly different though as our girls are three years old and more aware of what’s going on. With that in mind here are my top stress-busting tips for travelling with toddlers:

  • First up – toilet breaks! If you’re children are potty trained, you may want to consider still putting a nappy on them for the plane journey. Obviously this depends on the age of your child. At three years old the girls are more than happy to sit with a nappy on for the two hour flight, but I can’t imagine an older child wanting to do this! It means we won’t have to worry about queuing up for the toilet on the plane. 
  • Bring snacks with you for the journey to the airport, but also to bring on the plane with you too. You might need to check with your airport/carrier beforehand as some flights are quite strict in terms of what you can and can’t bring on the plane, but you can always stock up once you get past airport security. A full tummy will make life easier for a more pleasant journey. 
  • Pack some toys, but be considerate of other flyers! Your kids may love their noisy toys, but I’m not sure other passengers would appreciate it in their ears for a two hour flight! Think more along the lines of magnetic books, activity packs which include reusable stickers and puzzles and travel games. Personally I think you can never go wrong with a pack of cards!
  • Take an change of clothes with you just in case. You never know what might happen so it’s best to be prepared! The last thing you’ll want is an uncomfortable toddler because they’ve spilt a drink on themselves or had an accident.
  • Bring a blanket. If you’re travelling by plane or car, it’s always a good idea to bring a blanket with you as it can get cold. Maybe even a jumper or cardigan too. 
These are my stress-busting tips for travelling with toddlers. Do you have any tips to add?


  • Mary Smith

    June 3, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Were going away next week – thanks for the tips, id already planned on quiet toys and some books and snacks but now reading this I think we will put our then 3 year old in a pull up on the plane to be sure!

    My kids fave saying is "why is it taking so long?" x #bestandworst

  • Lucy Griffin-Stiff

    June 3, 2015 at 9:13 am

    we are flying to the USA in a few weeks with out 12 month old! OH MY! I am absolutely dreading it. It's a long way. She is on our laps and doesnt like to sit still, I think I might go and buy a lot of stickers. The only problem there is, she will end up eating most of them! Lucy@bottlefor2 #wineandboobs

  • Helen Gandy – Beautiful Things

    June 3, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    I'm yet to fly with my 2 yet as we tend to drive down to the South of France each year! My suggestion would be (and it may not be for everyone) is to take a tablet with you with plenty of films and tv series on, can't tell you how much of a life saver it has been for us in the past! Thanks for linking up with #bestandworst and hope to see you again next week 🙂

    Helen X

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