Top 16 travel hacks for families with kids

Read on for tips and tricks to make your year-end family vacation a whole lot easier!

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Planning a year-end holiday with the brood? Bet you’re thinking of things like how to pack light, how to not lose your belongings (and your temper), making sure everyone’s healthy and happy, and of course, how to prevent those on-the-road melt-downs.

 

Travelling with little ones is not easy, but holidays are a great way to bond as a family. So how do you stay sane while on the road with your rugrats? We asked seasoned parent travelers for their best tips and tricks to make every vacation a smooth one.


1. Ziplock clothing

It’s easy to keep track of how much clothing you need when you’re on your own, but with kids, especially if you’ve got more than one, organisation is key. Put individual outfits into labelled ziplock bags – and once worn, place the soiled clothes back into these bags to be brought home. Mum of two Chloe Tang swears by Ziplock bags, since “You can squeeze all the air out before sealing and you’ll fit so much more into your luggage!” Click here for more packing tips.

 

2. Rent bulky baby gear

If you’re going on a tour with a baby, you’ll likely need a stroller. If you’re taking a road trip, you’ll need a car seat. And if your hotel doesn’t provide a baby cot, you’ll probably need a travel cot.


Don’t worry about taking all these baby essentials along with you… you can always rent them at your destination!


Don’t worry about taking all these baby essentials along with you – though there are some fantastic portable baby gear available – you can always rent them at your destination! Here are some options in the UK, the US, and Australia. Says Timothy Hon, dad to Clement, 2, “We bought a light and portable umbrella stroller just for our trip to Perth, but Clement was uncomfortable and couldn’t nap in it. We ended up renting a wonderful Baby Jogger stroller that was perfect.”


3. Make travel IDs

It’s a parent’s worst nightmare to be separated from their child in a foreign land. Make a travel card – a simple laminated card with information such as your mobile phone number and hotel information if your child goes missing – and place it in your little one’s pocket. You can even make ID bracelets or a temporary tattoo to keep the essential information on the child.


4. Don’t forget your first aid kit and meds

Falling ill when you’re on holiday can be an ordeal, especially when you don’t have access to your family doctor, or familiar off-the-counter meds. So, make sure you have some essential ones with you, like paracetamol for fever, and charcoal pills in case anyone gets the runs. Pack a first-aid kit as well, for those unexpected cuts and injuries.