Must Haves of Traveling With Kids

When traveling with children, one thing is certain: the amount of stuff you need to pack for a vacation grows enormously. But that doesn’t rule out the possibility. Whether you’re traveling great distances or on a weekend road trip, there are a few essential items to include on your packing checklist for a family vacation that will make the overall experience smoother and more enjoyable. Our family travel specialists at Flight Centre have given their top recommendations for making traveling with kids a breeze.

Essentials of Travelling with Kids

This is the part to remember if you read nothing else in this post. Certain goods should always be included when making a packing list for a family vacation to avoid being caught off guard.

Medicines and first-aid supplies

To begin, always have drugs and a first-aid kit on hand, containing bandages and painkillers such as children’s paracetamol, antihistamines, and a thermometer.

A child’s gate

A baby gate could be a smart option if you’ll be residing in an apartment around toddlers or young children who crawl or walk. It will keep them safe and calm.

A set of spare clothing

Of course, you’re packing clothing for your vacation, but whether you’re flying or driving, it’s a smart idea to get a spare set of clothes on hand for both your children and yourself. No parent wants to be stranded on a plane for a lengthy amount of time with their child’s undesirable food, vomit, or worse, on their clothes.


Having enough food on hand which you know your kids eat is vital no matter where you’re going. For a car ride or flight, vegemite (or marmite, depending on which side of the fence you sit) is always a winner, as is pre-chopped fruit so that you can just give them when hunger strikes. Having ziplock bag bags available for the never-ending half-eaten products is a terrific method to reduce waste, and now that recyclable zip lock bags are available, the environment appreciates them as well.

Snacks, snacks, and more snacks for traveling – if you’re flying, giving the kids something to eat during takeoff and landing will soothe their ears.

Cutlery, plates, and sippy cups for children

Because most hotels and vacation rentals do not supply child-friendly silverware or tableware, bringing your own child-friendly goods is always a good idea to guarantee your child can feed themselves (at whatever stage they are at).

Packing Cibes

It’s fantastic to be able to separate your clothing, shoes, and underwear in a suitcase, but keeping kids’ toys neatly zipped up, putting filthy clothes in their own bag, and organizing kids’ outfits make every parent’s life simpler, trust us.

Encourage them to participate.

Just like we encourage incorporating your children in the preparation of a vacation to get them excited and educate them about what goes into it, encouraging them to participate in being responsible for their own stuff is a terrific lesson to teach them as well. Plus, if the kids bring their own food and games, you’ll have one less thing to worry about!