Top Tips for Packing your Child's Hand Luggage

Top Tips for Packing your Child’s Hand Luggage


Pickle says….As you know by now, we LOVE travelling, and always get so excited thinking of our next adventure. One thing that Mummy is not so keen on is packing. Having done it for 20 years now (Yes, 20 with children) Mummy is a bit of an expert, and has some top tips for packing your child’s hand luggage.

We have teamed up with Holiday Gems to give you our top tips, and we are giving away a Trunki too!

Top Tips for Packing your Child's Hand Luggage

  1. Get each child to carry their own bag – making sure it is not too big or heavy for them to carry. If your child is too small, invest in something fab and fun like a Trunki – you can win one in our fantastic competition below :) Rucksacks are perfect as they keep little hands free.
  2. Pack each child’s essentials – favourite blanky, toy, dummy etc.
  3. Pack their favourite drink in each bag – in a leak proof bottle / cup, checking the fluid restrictions of the airline if you are flying. Also pack their favourite treats and snacks. You may need to check any restrictions on fruit if you are travelling abroad. Avoid chocolate and hard-to-open packets! Each child can then reach their own supplies when they want to.
  4. Pack some new treats for bored, tired, grumpy moments. A few small things are perfect such as new colouring books, a small favourite character toy, try and not get anything that involves a frazzled Mumma having to put it together – unless they can do it themselves.
  5. Have a communal bag for baby wipes, nappies if needed, spare sets of clothes. Empty zip lock bags or nappy bags are great for popping used wipes and bits and bobs of rubbish in.

We have a fantastic Terence Trunki worth almost £35 to give away to one lucky reader! All you have to do is answer the question below, what are your top tips for packing your child’s hand luggage?

The competition runs until midnight on 18 July, and you can come back every day to gain more entries if you want to.

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  1. This sounds a lot like what I do when packing for the hubby hahaha x
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  2. I do love the Trunki for traveling. It makes life a lot easier :)
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  3. These are good tips. We have the Jurni suitcase which is fab and Sylvia loves it. I think packing new treats is a fab idea. i do like to budget on our travels …as we don’t have tons of spending money so if i buy nice items local and take them with us we can save money for the extra special things and then give Sylvia little items to use like £1 poundland items for drawing and colouring etc.

  4. wow these tips are all great, packing their fav drink in each bag can be overlooked so thanks for sharing!

  5. Roll everything to get mote in and only necessary things in their hand luggage

  6. pack there favourite toy, some things to keep them occupied

  7. Pack lots of paper pens – and healthy snacks
    Will keep the little ones happy without getting bored

  8. Activity books with colouring in, dot to dot etc :- the variety helps to keep them occupied. Coloured pencils and sharpener. Delicious snacks and refreshing drinks, and of course baby wipes for sticky fingers and faces, etc.

  9. always pack something they love be it a toy ,teddy etc

  10. We roll everything up so it does not crease

  11. What are your top tips for packing your child’s hand luggage? . . . . let him do it himself . . . . under supervision

  12. My top tip is take a packet of baby wipes they are so useful!

  13. Pack it light so your little one can carry or pull along their own!

  14. Pack something for if they get bored there favourite small game pens pencils paper ect

  15. Activity and colouring books and some snacks.

  16. Mix and match to make varied outfits. Colouring or sticker books

  17. lots of activities to keep them occupied

  18. try and be as light as possible because most kids like pulling it around thierselves! x

  19. the key is to roll everything iinto one x

  20. download some films on her tablet and pack that on top so easy to get too, will keep her occupied whilst travelling

  21. Pack anti-bacterial hand wipes and gels, drinks, nappies and wipes, baby food, baby bottles and formula, a change of clothes, comfort items such as blankets, stuffed animals, dummies and so on. Snacks, granola bars, crackers, pretzels, raisins… Go with snacks that your child likes, are easy to pack and not too messy to eat. Toys and books. Pick items that are big enough that they won’t disappear on-board, yet small enough to fit in the hand-luggage. Avoid messy and noisy toys.

  22. Pre prepare daily outfits makes life so much easier and keeps the suitcase tidy

  23. Let them choose 1 comfort toy to take, sticker books and colouring and anything else that isn’t too heavy and a change of clothes

  24. Fab tips for helping with the holiday stresses!

  25. I’ve no idea, we’ve only just booked our first family holiday! I’m going to guess a colouring book would occupy my babies for a while! :)

  26. Pack their favourite small game and cuddly toy

  27. Only put the lightest items in and things that are precious to them so it doesn’t go in the hold.

  28. I have a terrible habit of over packing!!
    I am learning to put outfits together and folding them into one and securing with a sick I’ve found this gives me extra room for extra items I think we may need just in case but usually never end up touching!

  29. Put some new surprises in… along with some old favourites :-)

  30. Try and pack light, no doubt you’ll end up carrying it along with your own in the end!

  31. Let them help pack their own bag, activity books, pens etc are usually popular

  32. Make sure anything you made need sooner is at the top!

  33. I pack their clothes in my own suitcase but let them pack their own bag with toys & books.

  34. I always let my daughter pack it herself. She fills it with all her currant fave toys. If she has not already, I put in her ipad, playing cards and colours an colouring book. Maybe a few suprise snacks along with wipes. Always nice to see her smile when she finds a nice treat in there she never packed

  35. Have a fair few quick and easy snacks ready

  36. This is a great post , Pack some colour pencils and pad it always come in handy.

  37. Dont overpack! But make sure you have enough to keep them Occupied :)

  38. nieces used to pack their own cases, then Mum would go behind them to double check they had everything, one forgot shoes one year!!!!

  39. I always take some pend and sticker books, Milly always get distracted with books lol!

  40. Add in favourite snacks

  41. Keep it light and simple with some activities for them to do.

  42. Sometimes less is more – don’t put too much in!

  43. only pack what they use normally!

  44. Pack the essentials and use washbags to separate everything and keep it all nice and tidy.

  45. No breakables!!!!

  46. Some great tips here. I’m travelling with my nanny child to San Francisco in October and I have never travelled with children before! So all the advice I can get for an 11 hour flight is good!

  47. essentials only, packed in a Trunki is ideal!

  48. Prepare a list with your child beforehand, negotiate size and number of items to be packed.

  49. Let your child help. It will give them a sense of responsibility.

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