Family Air Travel Made Easy: Tips For Travelling With Kids

Family Air Travel Made Easy: Tips For Travelling With Kids

Image by @summer_discovers via Instagram

Travelling with children can be an adventure filled with wonderful memories and bonding experiences. However, it can also present a set of unique challenges, especially when navigating the complexities of airports, aeroplanes, and ground transportation. To ensure a smooth journey from start to finish, it's essential to plan ahead and be prepared. Here are some top tips for travelling with kids, along with how Tripp's range of products can enhance your travel experience, making it more comfortable, organised, and enjoyable for the whole family.

Before You Go: Packing & Preparation

Choose The Right Kids Luggage

Picking the perfect suitcase for kids is the first step to a hassle-free holiday. Tripp's range of family-friendly kids travel bags is designed with these needs in mind. Consider a cabin-sized kids travel suitcase for your child, allowing them to feel involved by pulling their own luggage, adorned with fun designs and sturdy enough to withstand the rigours of travel.

Carry-On: Compact & Cool Tripp Cases

Turning travel into a thrilling adventure for kids starts with something as simple as their very own kids' suitcase! Picture this: a vibrant, lightweight Tripp cabin case, perfectly sized for little hands and packed with personality. It's not just luggage; it's a travel companion that teaches responsibility, organisation, and independence, all while being irresistibly fun. With an array of cool colours and designs, kids can't wait to pack up and go in their kid's small suitcase. But remember, the skies have rules! Always check with your airline about cabin luggage policies to ensure these stylish cases can come onboard or if they'll be riding in the hold. Ready for adventure? Let's make packing part of the fun!

Tripp Holiday 7 Mint Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cmTripp Holiday 7 Mint Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cm
Tripp Holiday 7 Mint Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cm
4 Wheel Carry On Suitcase
5  (14)
Tripp Holiday 7 Banana Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cmTripp Holiday 7 Banana Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cm
Tripp Holiday 7 Banana Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cm
4 Wheel Carry On Suitcase
€55.00 €59.50 Save 7%
5  (24)

Tripp Holiday 7 Watermelon Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cmTripp Holiday 7 Watermelon Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cm
Tripp Holiday 7 Watermelon Cabin Suitcase 55x40x20cm
4 Wheel Carry On Suitcase
5  (25)

Pack Smart: Organise With Kids Travel Accessories

Keep each family member's belongings neatly organised with the help of packing cubes, toiletry bags, and document holders. While Tripp specialises in durable and stylish suitcases, incorporating these handy travel accessories can help finding items a breeze and ensure that everything has its designated spot in your luggage.

At The Airport

Taking children to an airport to catch a flight can be a thrilling experience for them, full of wonder and discovery, especially if it their first time. The vastness of larger airports, however, can also introduce stress, with their bustling crowds and complex layouts. Fortunately, many airports cater to young travelers by offering amenities such as viewing areas where kids can watch planes take off and land, capturing their imagination. Some airports go a step further, providing dedicated kids' play areas, allowing for a fun and energy-burning activity before boarding. These features not only entertain children but also help parents navigate the travel experience more smoothly.

Early Arrival: Managing Airport Times With Kids

Arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare. This reduces stress and gives your family time to navigate through check-in security and find your gate without rushing.

Stay Entertained: Fun Kids Travel Activities

Waiting can be the hardest part, especially for young travellers. Pack a small bag with kids travel activities and colouring books, or download apps and movies to keep them entertained. Tripp's cabin bags are perfect for keeping these essentials accessible.

Waiting at the airport can be turned into fun family time with a few creative games. These activities not only keep the children engaged but also help the time pass more quickly:

  • I Spy: A classic game that can be tailored to the airport environment, perfect for observing details around you.
  • Scavenger Hunt: Create a list of items for your kids to find around the airport, like different coloured suitcases, airline logos, or types of food.
  • Airport Bingo: Make bingo cards with common airport sights, such as planes taking off, someone sleeping, or a luggage cart.
  • Storytelling Game: Pick out passengers and take turns inventing stories about where they're flying to and why.
  • Guess the Destination: Watch planes take off and guess their destinations, fostering curiosity and learning about geography. These simple games can turn waiting time into an enjoyable part of your journey, making the airport experience memorable for the right reasons.

Navigating Airport Security With Children

Navigating airport security can be daunting for families. Prepare your little ones by explaining the process in a simple, child-friendly manner. Pack all liquids in accessible, clear bags and remove them from your kids hard shell suitcase before you reach the security belt. Have children wear easy-to-remove shoes to expedite the process. Remember, familiar toys can be scanned, so reassure kids they'll get their items back.

Dealing With Delays & Cancellations: A Parent's Guide

kids at the airport

Delays and cancellations are an inevitable part of travel. When faced with one, keep a positive attitude for your children's sake. Pack extra snacks, entertainment, and perhaps a surprise toy or book to distract and cheer them up during longer waits. Use this time to explore airport shops or play simple games. Informing them about the situation using age-appropriate language can also help manage their expectations.

In The Air

Comfort Comes First: Ensuring In-Flight Comfort For Kids

Ensure everyone is comfortable for the flight by bringing along neck pillows, blankets, and headphones.

Snack Smart: Healthy Choices For Kids On Flights

Pack a selection of healthy snacks to keep hunger at bay without relying on sugary airport buys. 

Packing the right snacks for children is key to a smooth experience. Opt for non-messy, nutrient-rich options that keep energy levels stable.

Good choices include:

  • Whole fruit or pre-cut fruit pieces, like apples or grapes, in small containers.
  • Vegetable sticks with hummus or a small tub of dip.
  • Cheese slices or mini cheese portions, which are easy to handle and less messy.
  • Dry snacks such as rice cakes, cereal bars, or mini crackers, which are less likely to crumble.
  • Small sandwiches or wraps with simple fillings like ham and cheese or peanut butter.

These snacks cater to young taste buds while considering convenience and minimal fuss during travel.

On Arrival & Beyond

Be Ready For Anything: Post-Flight Tips For Families

Whether you're catching a connecting flight, picking up a rental car, or hopping on a coach, be prepared for the next leg of your journey. Keep important documents handy and ensure your luggage is easily identifiable with colourful luggage straps or tags from Tripp.

Tripp Products: Enhancing Your Travel Experience

Tripp's product range is designed with families in mind, offering durable, stylish, and practical luggage solutions that cater to the needs of travellers of all ages. From cabin-sized suitcases for kids to spacious check-in bags that can hold everything your family needs, Tripp has you covered. Whether you're embarking on a grand adventure or a short city break, these tips and Tripp's travel essentials will ensure your journey is as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Remember, the key to successful travel with children is preparation. With the right approach and the right gear, you'll create lasting memories and enjoy every step of the journey together.

Tripp Horizon Champagne Cabin Suitcase 55x39x20cmTripp Horizon Champagne Cabin Suitcase 55x39x20cm
Tripp Horizon Champagne Cabin Suitcase 55x39x20cm
4 Wheel Carry On Suitcase
€45.00 €120.00 Save 62%
5  (19)

Tripp Holiday 7 Slate Medium Suitcase
Medium Suitcase
€49.50 €59.50 Save 16%
5  (24)
Tripp Chic Rose Medium Suitcase
Medium Suitcase
€59.50 €130.00 Save 54%
5  (85)

Common Questions About Family Air Travel

Navigating family air travel raises many questions, from packing the right snacks to understanding baggage limits. While this guide answers some common queries, there are countless online resources offering additional insights. For detailed information on specific airline policies, such as baggage allowances or seating arrangements, visiting the official airline websites is always recommended. They provide the most accurate and up-to-date information tailored to your travel needs.

What makes a Tripp kids hard shell suitcase ideal for family travel?
Tripp's hard shell suitcases combine durability with style, ensuring your child's belongings are protected while providing them with a sense of individuality and fun.

Can you recommend any kids travel activities to keep my children entertained during flights?
Certainly! From travel journaling to portable games, our blog offers a list of engaging activities to keep young adventurers entertained.

What are some of the best places to travel with kids?

The world is full of child-friendly destinations! Whether you prefer the sunny beaches of Spain or the educational museums of London, there's a place that's perfect for your family. Why not explore some of our blogs to find holiday inspiration?

How can I ensure my kids' travel suitcase fits airline regulations?
Always check the carry-on dimensions allowed by your airline ahead of time. Tripp offers a range of suitcases designed to comply with many airlines' size restrictions.

Ready for Takeoff?

Your Next Family Adventure Awaits

Are you ready to turn the airport into a playground of adventure? Wave goodbye to travel tantrums and hello to smooth sailing with Tripp's kids suitcase and kids travel bags. Equip your little explorers with their very own kids travel suitcase; perfect for their holiday treasures.

Don't just travel, travel smart, travel fun, travel Tripp. Explore our collection of suitcases and travel bags and start your journey to the best places to travel with kids.

Posted by Emma Smith
19th February 2024

Back to news

Sign Up For 10% Off