Life as an expat often means a life of regular travel. We are incredibly lucky that we have been able to make regular trips to America. Both ThisIrishGirl and ThisIrishBoy had flown across the Atlantic at least once before they were on solids!
Through all those transatlantic flights with kids we have come across some products that have made our trips easier and a few that were a waste of time and money. With a million products out there here are This Irish Family’s 5 must have products for travelling with kids.
If your kids (or you) suffer from ear plan when flying, Earplane Kids ear plugs act keep inner ear pressure constant and sooth ear pane associated with fluctuations in cabin pressure. A pilot friend recommended them and they did help ThisIrisGirl when she was younger. Luckily now both kids do ok with the fluctuating cabin pressure.
Car Seat Bag
As if hiring a car isn’t expensive enough. Renting the carseats for the kids run about $80 per week PER CAR SEAT. Did you know pretty much every airline (including Ryan Air read the fine print) will check car seats free of charge! We love the JL Childress Gate Check Bag for keeping our car seats protected when we travel. Checked items can get pretty beat up in transit so using the JL Childress Gate Check Bag has kept our car seats in good shape.
*we’ve managed to fit two car seats in one bag
Once ThisIrishGirl started walking I knew travel through airports was about to get a whole lot more stressful for me. To help keep her safe – and for my own peace of mind- we got an IDme wristband for her to wear through airports. The ID bracelet holds your contact details as well as allergy information in the event of an emergency. We like the IDme wristband because it’s strong but comfortable to wear while being difficult for a toddler to take off. We also use them when we’re going to events where we know there will be a crowd.
Ok everyone needs one of these! Even if you’re not travelling. We’ve tried about a dozen different bags, back packs and suit cases for the kids when we travel. They all have one thing in common….the kids don’t carry them….at least mine don’t. So rather than argue at security or break a sweat carrying the kids bag as well as our own we used our Mummy Clip to clip back packs on the end of the buggy.
*this life hack only lasts so long last year when we flew without the buggy for the first time I minimised my own hand luggage in anticipation of having to carry the kids….I’ve never missed pushing a buggy so much!
Ok I have to admit we haven’t gone too far with these ones yet but I know they will be so handy when we travel. We were sent two kids sets CozyPhones Kids Headphones and the kids love them already.
CozyPhones are made of fleece and come in adorable styles like unicorns, and pandas and frogs. The fleece headband is washable and the light weight speakers ensure a comfy fit. I just know they are going to make falling asleep while watching a movie or listening to music so much more comfortable…I might have to get a set for myself.
We’ve done our share of travel – and we want to do so much more together as a family. We’ve tried lots of products to make our lives easier when we travel and we genuinely love the products mentioned in this post.
We’d love to hear more about what products your family loves when you travel. I’m sure there are more things out there we could try!
Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. Two sets of Cozy Kids Headphones were sent to us free of charge for the kids. As always all opinions on products are 100% genuine and our own.
Interested in more travel tips for Travel with Kids? Check out Top 10 Tips for Flying With Kids This Summer