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I am well seasoned at travelling with kids – mine are no longer kids but the same hints apply.

  1. Don’t pack too much luggage, halve the amount after you first pack a suitcase, and then halve it again. You really do not need all of those clothes. I used to pack way too much and over the years just had to become ruthless with culling the amount of things I packed.
  2. Be prepared for just about anything. If taking a road trip, make sure breakdown roadside insurance is going to remain current while you are away. I am so glad I had paid up as one time our car had a fault and we waited for hours on the highway between towns, we had water as we always did but all we had to eat was left over birthday cake.
  3. Take precautionary measures; take a well stocked first aid kit.  I was caught out one time when we came across a massive highway multi vehicle accident, we were the first to arrive and had to stay and do what we could and also send for police and ambulances. I used sanitary pads to stop bleeding and whatever else I could get from our luggage.
  4. Please ensure you carry ample water you never know when you could be caught between towns because of a highway closure.
  5. Take plenty of fruit, and non perishable food, medications and even prescriptions; if you are delayed you may require refills. It can be difficult to get to a doctor at this time.
  6. If taking flights, have changes of clothes and prescriptions in your carry on luggage. I remember one vacation my husband was berating on me for taking change of clothes as carry on luggage for the kids and myself. You guessed it, our check in luggage arrived the next day but the kids and I were comfortable. Even on international flights I carry a change of clothes and ALWAYS medications, prescriptions and letters from my doctor listing what each medication is for. ALWAYS declare it is faster to get through checkout at customs if you have prepared well.
  7. If there has been a lot of flooding rain, don’t take risks, before departure call the local Police for an update of traffic conditions and take advice from them. One time we did this and still when we got to a major river, that was rising very fast, we were able to cross but we had police walking in front and at the rear of our car and water was leaking in the doors, it sure was a memorable time. That bridge closed soon afterwards.

Do you have any tips to add to this list? Please share in the comments.

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  • Great and useful tips. Thank you

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  • These are really great travel tips for anyone.
    I have a daughter who plans on traveling overseas by herself later this year so I will keep these notes handy.

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  • Great tips, thank you for sharing them.

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  • I’ve packed mine and the kids bags for a trip OS soon, but I think I’ve packed too much. I’ll go and fetch some out!!!

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  • Thank you for the helpful tips.

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  • good hint..thnks

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  • Great tips. On the road trip, water is essential as we never know what could happen.

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  • Thanks for sharing. We follow lots of these while travelling

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  • i think that there are some great tips here for sure.

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  • NOT to certain about the first point, children can get sick(vomit), wet through cloths or simply (have accidents) and children just get dirty. We can’t be expected to be washing all the time.. nice to have clean cloths on hand when needed. OK we don’t need the entire wardrobe but enough to last is warranted. Love point 6. this is a must.
    Thanks for your great tips.


    • Exactly. I would rather have too many clothes for the little ones than have to wash the entire time or worry that they can’t wear anything because it is covered in vomit, dirt, wee, etc.

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  • I pack extra for the kids because I let them get messy but less for me.

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  • Don’t overdo it but make sure you have enough clothes for young babies. Some get car sickness and the smell of that can make you feel sick too. You can never have too much water. 1. You may need it for drinking. 2. You could need it to top your cooling system of your car to get you to the next town to get assistance and repairs done. We had to do that once. The car had only just been serviced to…..Always keep a first aid kit in your car where you have easy access to it. If you hurt yourself you may need to get to it quickly. I slipped on gravel once and stripped skin off a long wide section of my right lower arm and knee. Water, Antiseptic and bandages were essential for cleaning and preventing infection until I could get it checked by a GP. Fortunately they weren’t deep enough to need stitches. It is ideal to keep a small first aid kit in your glove box in case rear ends you and you can’t get your boot open. Local Councils close roads if too dangerous to drive on to.

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  • Great tips. Thanks.
    I’d add the following:
    * Download the Fires Near Me app to check that there aren’t any dangerous bush fires along your intended route.
    * Make a list so you don’t forget any essentials. It can make for a tough few nights if you forget your little ones most loved cot toy.

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  • some excellent and well thought out hints and tips.

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  • Thanks for sharing. We follow lots of these while travelling

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