Whether you travel alone with your children because your other half has a different holiday/vacation schedule, you’re a single parent, or it’s to visit your family abroad, read on for my top tips for flying solo with your younger children. My last solo trip with my children was February 2020 and the pandemic certainly puts a different spin on whether I will travel alone with them soon. These tips are all pre-pandemic.
Contain your children when travelling alone with kids
When you travel alone with your kids, keep them strapped down when you’re in transit (car seats, pram/strollers, babywearing) and in contained spaces in public (gated playgrounds, zoos, museums). Think of them as mini escape artists and chose places they can’t break out of. It may be time for that dreaded double stroller if you have two.
𝐄𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭 when travelling alone with kids
A top issue with traveling solo with your children is that you’re their 24/7 entertainment when taken away from their friends and home life. This means bringing a few toys and maybe looking to meet up with other families whether pre-planned or by staying on a resort with kids club, farm stay, or a family-friendly hotel. This is also why I do a lot of beach trips alone – a bucket, spade/shovel and suncream works magic while you can actually get a moment to relax. Recently, I travelled to the Seychelles alone with both of my boys.
𝐑𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮’𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐝𝐨𝐧𝐤𝐞𝐲
You have to carry everything, including the children at times when you travel alone with kids so packing light is not just to make things easier, but imperative to make the whole trip possible. Bring small toys. Buy diapers when you arrive. Assume you will have to do laundry so don’t pack clothes for the whole time. Think of what you can get there. This is also why I do warm weather trips mostly when alone because the clothes are smaller.
𝐈𝐭’𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐫𝐢𝐩, 𝐭𝐨𝐨
Take breaks, take the pressure off, don’t overplan. Take care of yourself first and maybe take the opportunity to go to bed early or bring a great book for when your child goes to bed at night. It can be intense so look after yourself.