Packing Tips for Travelling with Children on a Budget

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When it comes to travelling with small children, the resounding recommendation is usually “Don’t!” However, taking your kids on holiday can be a wonderful learning experience for them and bring you closer together as a family. We’ve put together a few stress-saving and budget-conscious tips for travelling with young children to make sure you’re prepared, so you can concentrate on having fun!

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It seems like kids need an awful lot of stuff for even a weekend away, but there are some packing tips for travelling with kids you may not have considered:

  • Even if your child uses cloth diapers, pack some disposables. These are convenient for excursions and sightseeing days.
  • If travelling by plane, keep a change of clothing in a carry-on for emergencies. This will avoid any emergency shopping trips should your baggage take a detour!
  • Use old plastic baggies for soiled nappies.


Keeping your child’s health in mind is always important while packing. Since your hotel room may not have a tub, a good idea is to bring along a handy blow-up tub float. The Munchkin Inflatable Safety Duck Tub, for example, has a textured bottom, so your baby won’t slip, and includes water temperature sensors. Another great idea is to pack lots of wet naps. These are great for cleaning up small messes. Save up the ones you get at the end of a restaurant meal.

Food & Snacks

Kids are picky when it comes to food. If flying, call the airline ahead of time to order a kid-friendly meal as this is usually complimentary. For long road trips, pack nutritious and easy-to-handle snacks including apples, dry cereal, lots of water and granola bars to avoid sugar rushes and cut out the need for pricey fast food stops on the way. And if you use formula that needs diluting, bring measured sterile water in bottles and keep it separate. Hours later, the water should still be warm and good for adding to the formula.


This is oh-so-important to the sanity of both you and your children. On long motoring trips, keep these tips in mind for when your children stop appreciating the rolling countryside… after about 5 minutes:

  • Pack goodie bags and space giving them out to make them last the whole trip. Pence stores have lots of inexpensive and fun items like crayons, colouring books, playing cards and small toys.
  • Portable DVD players are a must-have for quiet time and, luckily, are dropping in price at around £50 or so. For frugality sake, make a stop at the library for free DVD rentals. Don’t forget the headphones!
  • Think of games that don’t require anything except imagination. Play I Spy, sing songs and 20 Questions.
  • Buy inexpensive used travel games online and wash them before use. Exchange games with friends to up your kiddies’ excitement.

*Special Hint! Don’t allow kids to play travel games, like Are We There Yet? and Hungry Hippos Travel Version, any day. Bringing them out during car rides and flights only keep games fresh and fun!

When travelling with children on a budget, keep in mind the necessities and don’t over pack. This can result in extra baggage charges, which are anything but frugal. Whatever you do, remember to have fun! It’s the holidays you spend together that will make lasting memories.

Thank you for the guest post Fabulous savings- some really useful tips.



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