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How To Keep Kids Happy When Travelling + Win A Trunki Travel Pillow

  • September 11, 2017

Travelling is one of my favourite things to do. We were lucky enough to visit a few far flung places before having Little H which we’re very grateful for because travelling with kids is an entirely different experience!

Just going on just a short car journey can test your patience to the limit if the kids are grumpy/tired/bored, so going on a plane definitely needs some preparation.

All parents know that a happy child = happy parents, so here are some tips on how to keep kids happy when travelling. Don’t forget to scroll to the bottom of the post to enter my competition to win a Trunki travel pillow with holiday booking website Holiday Gems.

During The Car Journey

You don’t need stress before the holiday has even started so it’s a good idea to make sure the kids are happy in the car on the way to your destination.

Pack a lunchbox that the kids can easily reach if they need anything, this will avoid the inevitable “I’m hungry” whines from the back. If you’re on a long journey plan pit stops so they can stretch their legs and go to the loo without any motorway emergencies.

We also pack a bag just for the car full of toys, books and colouring to keep ours entertained. We also have the best invention ever – a dvd in the back of the car. You can easily go for the length of a film without hearing a peep from the backseat!

At The Airport

Once you’re through passport control there’s usually a bit of a wait at the airport which can be really boring for kids. Whenever we fly we pack a Trunki full of toys and snacks which comes in very handy. A few travel games are ideal, or you could let them buy a new book in one of the airport shops.

It’s also worth checking what’s available at the airport, we found a small soft play area at Gatwick – especially a good idea if you want to wear them out before the flight!

On The Plane

Flying with kids is stressful. As soon as you start queuing at the gate you know your fellow childfree passengers are hoping they don’t get stuck next to you.

Unhappy kids are not fun to travel with. This is where the Trunki full of toys mentioned above comes in handy! We also load the tablet full of games and videos, this is the one time where there’s no limit on screen time.

If you can get the kids to sleep on the plane then you’re winning. I’d recommend taking a pillow, blanket and putting them in pyjamas if you’re on a night time flight.

On Holiday

If you can go to a hotel with kids entertainment do it! We’ve been self-catering and to family hotels, and as much as we like to be in a villa on our own, a hotel with a kids’ club is a godsend. If the kids can make friends then they’re happy and you’ll get some peace.

Check out the local area before you go away to find out what family friendly excursions there are near your hotel. Kids probably aren’t going to be happy spending a lot of time sightseeing, but throw in a zoo or waterpark and you’ll have some happy little people.

A nap in the afternoon might not be easy, but if possible is a good idea for all ages to avoid tired kids having meltdowns when you’re out later than usual of an evening.

 

Hopefully, these tips should help to keep kids happy when travelling. What would your top tips be for any parents planning to travel with children?

The lovely people at Holiday Gems have supplied a fantastic Trunki Travel Pillow for me to giveaway to one lucky reader. This will definitely help to keep your child comfortable when travelling. Enter below…

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Sarah

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140 Comments

  • The Money Shed (@TheMoneyShed)

    That pillow looks ace! Going to show my sister this as it’s ideal for her little girl!

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  • Dean B

    I wouldn’t dare travel without the iPad. Technology has saved us from going completely bonkers when travelling with a young child, although to be fair, our daughter also likes being busy doodling on her sketchpad or even just colouring 🙂 That’s a cute pillow btw.

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  • tracyknixon

    Their Trunki case!

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  • Solange

    Books, toys and games.

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  • Laura Dove

    Oh I so wish we’d had these when we drove the 6 hour drive down south with all four kids!! They might have stopped them whining quite so much!

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  • clair downham

    their ipad

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  • Ashleigh Allan

    Colouring books

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  • Lindsey Smith

    Tissues! Can’t leave home without them!

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  • Ren Taylor

    my must have travel item is a pack of wet wipes !

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  • Jo Richards

    Their iPads fully loaded with games & a film, absolute godsend for delays and bored children

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  • Talya

    We were just given a Trunki and can’t wait to use it it’s going to make flying seem like a lot less of a hassle that’s for sure!

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  • John Tingay

    Pens, pencils and lots of paper are travel essentials for kids.

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  • Tracy Hanley

    dvd player , they love watching dvd’s wjile traveling

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  • Rebecca Brown

    Definitely a tablet with lots of fun apps for distraction purposes

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  • john prendergast

    Ipad keeps them entertained

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  • amy bondoc

    my nephew must have his blanket he wont leave the house without it

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  • Jo McPherson

    Toy car, books, snacks and wet wipes

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  • stuart hargreaves

    Thank fully doll and teddy bear,

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  • Sally Lean

    Definitely wet wipes Haha!

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  • Sophie's Nursery (@sophiesnursery)

    We went to Tenerife with 2 yr old & were dreading the flight! All was fine in the end as we took plenty of entertainment! Love the pillow ? x

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  • Deborah Mackenzie

    Baby wipes…. they clean up most disasters!

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  • laura banks

    lots of snacks

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  • steph_baybee

    we’re trying to decide if to do a self catering villa or hotel for our next holiday…great tips, thanks!

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  • Graham Ross

    Crisps,fizzy drink and watching a DVD

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  • Stacey Carnell

    Snacks 🙂

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  • iain maciver

    toys

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  • Lorraine Tinsley

    Loads of snacks!

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  • Adrienne McGroder

    Snacks, ipad, colouring pens and books!

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  • Rich Tyler

    A tablet, to keep them distracted

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  • Newcastle Family Life

    We are taking our little two on a plane for the first time in April and we are planning on taking trunkis full of activities and ipads. xx

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  • Suzanne Jackson

    their tablets

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  • Jo Carroll

    Besides his cuddly Penguin – that has to go with him everywhere…I wouldn’t be without his sunhat, sunnies and wipes ?

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  • DJT @ Thinking Thrifty

    My sister nailed this on my nieces first holiday this year. She spent about a fiver on cheap as chips toys so she had a surprise every 15 minutes and was an angel there and back!

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  • Laura Nice

    An iPad and baby wipes!

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  • Lauren Fox

    Wet wipes! I couldn’t live without them lol
    thanks for the chance
    xx

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  • caroline kelly

    Tablet, snacks and toys

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  • Andrea Fletcher

    An activity book.

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  • Lisa Wilkinson

    We have a travel game called Shut That Box which we love

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  • Ana De-Jesus

    Is it sad that I kind of want the Trunki Travel pillow myself? I know I am an adult but its just so darn colourful and cute x

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  • fashionandstylepolice

    My kids would love this travel pillow. So cute. The tablets help when we are on the move.

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  • Stevie

    My niece has to have Charlie Bear.

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  • Helen

    My children’s must have travel item is travel sickness tablets; from experience, I wouldn’t travel any distance without them. I’ve tried before and dealt with the consequences.

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  • Farhana Chowdhury

    Books to read

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  • Sally Collingwood

    Favourite Dolly called baby!

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  • London Mumma

    The pillow sounds great and some great travelling tips too.

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  • Katie Skeoch

    My cabin sized foldable buggy, much better than having to check it in at the desk!

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  • Karen Usher

    Headphones, the ones that the airlines give that goes in the childrens ears, just don’t fit, we have now purchased our own and the children are much happier bunnies when on a flight!

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  • Ruth Harwood

    A games compodium!!

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  • Chris Andrews

    What’s your must have kids’ travel item? . . . . anti sickness bands

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  • isis1981uk

    Colouring books & pens

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  • Claire Glace

    Mini travel games …..

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  • Angela Treadway

    Activity books x

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  • fiona waterworth

    their tablets

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  • claire woods

    his book.

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  • Jules Eley

    A pillow

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  • Phil Oneill

    My daughters tablet loaded with her favorite tv programmes and films

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  • Sadiyya Maryam

    Wipes and tablet charger!!!

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  • Victoria Prince

    travel games 🙂

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  • kimneville1

    We put a film on my son’s Ipad for him to watch to pass time away and some new games

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  • Kirsty Connor

    Must have travel item has got to be wipes! Especially with my messy little boy!

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  • Sarah Addey

    Trunki case

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  • Priscilla Stubbs

    Wet wipes. useful for all the family

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  • mummyhereandthere

    What a fab idea, I think it is important to get as comfortable as possible when travelling so this is perfect. The design is also pleasing on the eye X #KCACOLS

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  • Kristyn Harris

    A colouring book and pencils are my favourite way to keep the children quiet on long journeys.

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  • rlc79 (@gail50305)

    iPad and toys

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  • Kirsty Hosty

    Portal iPad or DVD device just to keep her entertained

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  • Hayley Fountain

    iPads and lots of snacks x

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  • Kelly White

    Snacks and colouring books and pencils!

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  • Paula Cheadle

    tablet, with lots of games on it

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  • Joy

    A collection of CD of songs and rhymes to sing along with.

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  • Amanda Baggott

    Teddy bear

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  • kid can doodle

    We used to give our kids some new toy to keep them busy on the plane and I think they started to look forward to that “treat” #KCACOLS

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  • maria blythin

    colouring books and pencils x

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  • kelandab22

    Snacks

    Kelly Ellen Hirst

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  • Alex Telford

    We’ve not tried flying with kids yet, but often travel up and down motorway visiting family. A new comic keeps our children entertained for ages 🙂

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  • Linda king

    Plastic bags for mishaps…….. and wet wipes!!

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  • spuddy11

    there tablet

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  • Life as Mum

    Their ipad for definate! #KCACOLS

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  • Susan B

    Their iPads are the most helpful items when travelling.

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  • MichelleD

    A kidizoom camera!

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  • aimz18

    The best food we aked for travelling was a big box of cheerios lol not messy and everyone happily eats them! Puzzle books are our must have.
    Thanks so much for linking up with #kcacols. we hope you can join us next time.

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  • Pamela Gossage

    books to read on the journey

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  • Allan Fullarton

    Books, toys and games.

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  • Jennifer Leason

    I want an adult one!

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  • Kim M

    Baby wipes x

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  • Eileen Tingle

    Drinks and snacks, especially grapes

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  • JULIE WARD

    Their ipads, also some sticker books

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  • lorraine kirk

    Wet wipes and an I-Spy Book

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  • Samantha Mann

    iPad and sticker books. Oh and snacks!

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  • dorothyjk

    Their ipad filled with new content

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  • Keith Hunt

    A 12v car kettle for warm drinks or a warm wash with a pop up bowl.

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  • Rachael O'Brien

    Having plenty of water , baby wipes and a plastic bag !

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  • Stephanie

    IPad

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  • bargainhubblog

    ipad please

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  • Sam Parkes

    Snacks and kindle

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  • Gillian Hutchison

    non spill juice bottles for them

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  • vicki gorton

    My little boy has to travel with his favorite teddy xxx

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  • Kirsteen Mackay

    some toy cars

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  • Lindsey Martin (@supermomuk1)

    Snacks! Lots and lots of snacks and a good singing voice!

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  • Lynne O'Connor

    Transformers (ideally a new one for a long trip) and Lego

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  • Kirsty N

    Travel Aquadoodle is our travel essential – colouring but without any risk of leaky pens!

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  • Carly Belsey

    Ipad for my son and snuggly blanket for my daughter!!

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  • caroline james

    My daughters always take a book, maybe a piece of homework to get it out of the way and a blanket.

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  • Pauline Burroughs

    Activity books and pencils

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  • Diana

    Sticker books ?

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  • Arabella Bazley

    Can I say a gag?? A bag of little treats as rewards for good behaviour seems to work more often than not.

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  • Jennifer Baker

    Blanket and snacks x x x

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  • Lisa Deborah

    A colouring book and pencils

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  • pauline black (@suff38)

    his pad with cbeebies on it!

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  • Anya Sargent

    Book tomread and snacks

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  • Ben Robb

    an iPad

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  • Lauren Stebbings

    Travel goodies (munchies, drinks, sweets). It never seems as fun and special without them ?

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  • Rachael Sexey

    Their blankets ?

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  • Linda's Bits of This and Bits of That

    colouring books and crayons and mini travel games

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  • monkeymadnessweb

    Their DS’s and sweeties ?

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  • LORNA WILS

    snacks and books

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  • Rachel Butterworth

    My phone.

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  • Catherine Barton

    Reading books & colouring books…..plus a few snacks like fruit

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  • nicky pearce

    portable dvd player

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  • Claire Davey

    wet wipes

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  • Becky Duffy

    Baby wipes! The mess my daughter makes everywhere she goes!

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  • laura stewart

    baby wipes and snacks x

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  • Tracy Gladman

    I swear by the Usborne travel card packs. They are wipe clean with a pen and have loads of different games and activities for the kids. Keeps them amused for hours. Best money I’ve ever spent.

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  • Ellen Nixon

    favourite teddy, Ipad and baby wipes

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  • Adrian Bold

    The iPads and phones.

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  • Kirsty Fox

    Lots of books, luckily both my kids love books

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  • Tammy Neal

    books, portable dvd player, music for singing

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  • Donna W

    Books. Our 2 year old little boy loves to ‘read’ picture books and recite his favourite stories.

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  • Sue Hall

    Their favourite toys ( within reason )

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  • Sue Bebbington

    Has to be the DVD player, but hide and seek still is the best x

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  • Natalie Gillham

    Wet wipes

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  • Victoria Dixon

    The iPad has been like a personal babysitter for me, it kept my son content for hours before he fell asleep and I could enjoy my magazine and glass of wine in peace 🙂

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  • lynn neal

    Notepad and pencil so we can invent our own little games to play!

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  • toziesite

    Baby wipes and books

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  • Paula T

    My girl adores her pink Trunki and always packs it for a long journey.. we mustn’t forget her soft toy rabbit called Budge <3

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  • fionajk42

    Currently our must have travel items for car journeys with our 2 year old granddaughter are a change of clothes and wet wipes. Food and drink always seem to be messier in the car, not to mention potty training mishaps.

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  • Shirley Evans

    travel pad and pencil(hangman,noughts and crosses,loads of games in one)

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  • Natalie Crossan

    A ride along trunki – we don’t go anywhere without ours now!

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  • Queer Little Family (@queerxfamily)

    We took snacks. Lots of fruit and fig rolls and toast.
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

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