travelling with kids

Travelling Solo with Kids

Tiger Girl on the plane

Tiger Girl on the plane


Travelling with kids can be a really daunting task. You never know what to expect and there are too many unpredictable factors involved.

Normally we travel together as a family however this time  R had some changes to his work schedule and was unable to travel together with us. We had to fly  in to Hong Kong first and he would meet up with us a few day later.

It was the first time travelling solo with the kids and I was quite apprehensive at first as there was certainly a lot of things to take note together with an increase in technical  difficulties involved with travelling with both boys and girls.

Even though the kids are frequent travelers travelling  without their dad means that I have  one less pair of helping hands and supervising eyes.  I have to make sure that everything that we were travelling with remains intact and none of the kids go missing during transit.

The boys playing a board game inflight

The boys playing a board game in-flight

To help myself have a relatively stress-free flight I briefed the kids on what is expected of them and what we would be doing on the flight.

We  traveled on a budget airline  so there wasn’t any frills like video games or movies to watch in flight. The kids had the option to entertain themselves or sleep during  the whole 3.5 hr flight.  I deliberately chose a daytime flight  needed the boys to remain alert during the flight/trip so that there would be less hassle for me dealing with one sleepy toddler then  three sleepy and cranky kids.

Here are my  tips on how to travel and remain sane.

1.  Pack a variety of items for each kid in their own backpack.

The boys had their own carry on backpack which was equipped with magazines, games, crossword puzzles, sketch pad and an exercise book which was to be use as their journal.  I also packed  storybooks and activity books to occupy the girl.  The kids also had their own jackets, sunglasses , tissues, snacks and some loose change on them which they can take out and use at their own discretion.

2. Brief the kids on the travelling procedures.

As we were travelling to a very populated place I set some new ground rules for the kids.

Rule Number One – You are not to be more then 1/2 metre away from me at ALL TIMES.

It is very easy for the kids to get lost in a crowd so they have to be within arm reach so that I will be able to react fast enough if needed.

Rule Number Two- You are to take care of your own backpack and assigned suitcase.

Each boy was given a suitcase to pull along and take care of for the entire trip.  This left me hands free to carry the girl and sort out check-in procedures at the airport.

3. Making toilet stops mandatory.

Kids sometimes request to go to the toilet at the oddest time.  Even though the boys are old enough to go to the toilet on the own it is still unsafe to allow them to go to the toilet unsupervised. I make them go together and wait  outside the male toilet.  If the girl and I need to go to the toilet they are to park themselves outside female toilet and wait for us. The boys know if there were to be anyone trying to be funny with them or harm them they are to rush into the ladies  and to get my attention. 

Have you experience travelling solo with your kids ?


Ten Tip on Travelling Abroad with Kids

Tiger girl and me

My kids are rather season travelers. They have been traveling on Aeroplanes since they were nearly a year old. They love visiting new places and trying out the various cusines which are native to the country.  It can be cumbersome bringing kids abroad however with adequate preparation and careful planning it can be a fun experience for both the parents and kids.

Here are my tips on how to have an enjoyable holiday.

  1. Remember to pack all medications which you may need during the trip.  It maybe difficult to find a doctor in a foreign country so I always pack along fever, cough, cold, diarrhea and vomit medications just in case.
  2. Pack your child’s favourite toy/snacks/games to bring on board the aircraft. This would help to occupy them for part of the journey.
  3. Get your child’s input in the places which you like to visit. It would certainly be more interesting and entertaining for all if the place you choose is a joint input and everyone’s needs are considered.
  4. Book your accommodation and transportation in advance if possible. Sometimes you can get good deals if you book in advance and there will be less worries for you.
  5. Assign specific roles to your children so they know what to do when you are travelling.   I get my eldest to handle the luggage while  Doggie boy  is made to supervise Tiger girl  when I am busy.
  6. Decide on whether to use a carrier or a pram with younger children. I opt for the Ergo when we travel as I find that it is more use friendly especially when travelling with more then one child.  Strollers can also be rented at  theme parks or shopping malls so we can still have access to one if we really needed.
  7. Check in online if it is possible. This cuts the waiting time at the counters and really minimizes the need to deal with restless children who are waiting in line.
  8. Bring along your camera an/or camcorder to record your travels.  Monkey boy has his own camera so he will be bringing it along also to take photographs.
  9. Let your children have their own carry on bags. This makes them responsible for their own belongings and it will be easier for them to access their books/toys when they need it.
  10. Pack your clothes into two separate bags if you are travelling with more then one luggage bag.  In the case that one luggage bag goes missing in transit at least you have some clothes to tie you over till your purchase new ones.

What tips do you have to travelling with kids?

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