Right I am starting this off with saying I am no expert on this. We went on our first holiday abroad with the kids this summer, and oh my gosh it was scary, stressful and a whole lot of fun! Travelling abroad with kids is a completely different experience, I felt like we needed our own sheepdog to keep them all rounded up and with me. So I thought I would put together some things that would be great to take on as carry on items when you are travelling abroad with kids.
Here they were waiting to get on the plane. Filled with nerves and excitement, but they didn't know what one to let out first!!! It was super successful, and they loved it. We're currently driving across Sweden to arrive at my friends house. I've done a few Insta stories, and hopefully will be able to do them over our week of fun if your interested. #project365 #firstplaneride #ryanair
Hard Boiled Sweets or Lollys
I am not sure how badly you suffer with the pressure, and pain in the ears but two of my kids really suffered with the pressure when descending, so I got them to suck on hard boiled sweets and lolly pops. It did help them a lot, and it kept them thinking about something else too!
We loaded up a tablet with non WiFi games before we left home, so it could be popped on aeroplane mode on the plane and keep them busy. Also check with your airline, as they may offer apps with films loaded on, and free WiFi on the plane. However remember to bring some headphones to plug in, as the whole plane doesn’t want to hear their games, or films blasting out!
Tablets are also a great portable version of a computer, store music and films on, but are also great for taking photos. Carrying a tablet on you carry on means you have easy access, and also able to capture some pictures quickly too. Follow these photography tips to help you capture great photos. I followed them, and this is a photo I have captured from this tablet.
There are big restrictions on liquids on planes now, so you won’t be able to carry on water filled bottles. The airport water is so expensive, so bring along the kids empty water bottles. These can be filled up at the airport water fountains that are dotted around the airport after you have gone through he security checks. MoneySavingExpert has a list on where you can find the water fountains.
We took a trip to The Works before we went and stocked up on some very cheap activity books, colouring books and puzzles for them to do on the plane. They are cheap, and a quiet activity! We made a point of taking them with to pick these things, as there was ones I would have picked for them, however they picked the ones that I probably wouldn’t pick!! However don’t the trouble is not letting them do the activities until you travel!! Hide them quick!!