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Hi lovelies, I’ve been through too many long layovers, Long haul flights and airport transfers than I can count on one had. With that experience in mind I thought it would be great to share my single parent travel tips,that I have learnt along the way. These Single Parent tips have yet to fail me, and keep my daughter more than excited throughout the entire airport/airline trip, regardless of travel time.

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A Trip can become far less stressful if you know you have packed everything you could possibly need for any situation. (oh and trust me a situation will happen .. whatever it may be) This is why I took the initiative to take the stress away you,  and created a no nonsense super checklist  for packing efficiently when you have kids.

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Now lets get to the need to know tips for your travel!

I think it’s best to start with the most important tip of all :

Single Parent tip # 1 | Keep them Entertained

It’s a known fact that my daughter has an Ipad obsession . She takes after her mom with a love for “gizmos and gadgets a plenty”. I know she is not the only child that can sit in front of an iPad for hours and be perfectly content. Now as a single parent I personally don’t believe in excessive iPad or tech usage, but for a plane ride it’s a MUST, otherwise you may end up with a bored and restless child.

I bought her the original Apple iPad mini  , regardless of the fact that apple has advanced to their Ipad mini 4. All Versions do the same thing , and the original Apple iPad mini can be updated to the latest version. (so no worries about incompatible apps), PLUS its less than half the price of the latest iPad so to me it seems like a no brainer!

However I like to test out different tablets to see if they work for me and my needs, if they don’t then i’ll re-sell them or pass it down to my mini me. After testing plenty I’ve put together a collection of my top 4 favorites for kids.


My top 4 tablets for travelling with kids

Ranked by :

    • Ease of use
    • Comfort while holding with little hands
    • Lack of lag
    • Available apps

1. IPAD MINI 16GB 

2. Samsung Galaxy Tab 7 Inch

3. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 Inch

4. Fire 7 Kids Edition


Pre Load Airline Apps

Most airlines are stepping their game up with their technology , mostly because they want to cut costs and make more income . But hey who doesn’t? . They will load all of their movies into their company app , which you will need before you board the plane . Once you take off , simply load up the app connect to the airplane’s WiFi for free, and stream all the in flight entertainment  plus a few games! It’s definitely more convenient, especially since my little one is a tad bit too short to see the TV screens clearly. She usually ends up sitting on 3 pillows to get to the correct height. Simply check on the app store to see if your airline has their own app, and then you can download it usually for free.

HOWEVER

Sometimes the airlines attempt to be tech savvy, totally backfires and the app doesn’t work. As a backup plan , pre-load a ton of movies and youtube videos. As many as you can fit on the iPad without having to delete their games. If you have an android tablet, then grab yourself an extra large SD card and load up to your hearts content!  64gb works great for me (go big or go home right!?) plus you will need the tablet fully stocked in case of a long layover or delay, and you run out of your  free airport WiFi

If you don’t have your own content to load , or simply do not have the time to download videos from Youtube (I am fully aware of it’s tediousness ), then I strongly recommend AMAZON PRIME

What are the perks you say?

WELL I buy literally everything from amazon , so it didn’t take long for them to win me over with their 6 month free student trial . All I had to do was sign up with my student email and I get 50% of the prime membership, which I don’t have to pay for another 6 months! With prime I get FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY and a ton of extras but most importantly Amazon video. This will allow me to download shows to my devices and watch offline! Which is why it’s a total win for the airplane! Just stock up and away you go!

ps. you don’t need to be a student to get a free trial of Amazon prime, In fact you can just grab an  AMAZON VIDEO  subscription!

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*Make sure if they are using their electronics at the airport, they are using it plugged in to the closest socket . Keep the tablet charged above 95% at all times. The reason I say this is because, I’ve been on many airlines where the in seat plug doesn’t work. They may offer to move you to another seat if there is one open, but more than likely there is never more than one seat open together.  This way you don’t have to worry if there are no working plugs.

Also bring a plug for your home country , your destination country that has USB only versatility, because you never know what kind of power source your plane offers.


Single Parent tip # 2 |Pre Book kids Meals

If we’re being honest here , raise you hand if you LOVE airline meals? , (……..rolling tumbleweed).

I figured as much , airline meals are simply unsatisfying, and if you child is a picky eater, good luck! Which is why I ALWAYS , pre book/request a kids in flight meal. Most airlines offer this option for free and you can select it when you are booking your flight. Some airlines you have to pay for the “luxury” but if it means your child wont eat on the plane , its a necessity.  While your’e booking you kids meal, why not upgrade your own meal?, most airlines offer premium dining for a slight cost when booking, I always go for it just to have the perks of being fed first! 🙂

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Single Parent tip # 3 |Bring stickers  (…and lots of them!)

I’m not quite sure what the obsession with stickers are for kids, but I know my daughter spent 1hr and a half of a flight simply filling my entire arm with stickers for pure enjoyment. Get them a colouring book and a pencil case of crayons/pens. I’m a big kid and I love to colour so i’ll colour along side her and we will compare pictures at the end.

My daughter Mckenna put together a list of her favorite coloring and sticker books



 


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When you’re all settled on the plane , ask the flight attendant if they have any kids fun packs (most airlines do but only hand them out on long haul flights ) This usually contains a set of colouring pencils, and a mini activity book. A perfect backup if you forget to bring your own.


Single Parent tip # 4 |Give them spending money 

I love a good teaching opportunity. My daughter is only five so she doesn’t quite comprehend the idea of managing money. She does however love the idea of buying things with mommy’s money. I usually budget £5 or the equivalent based on where we are, for her to spend. (Not that it would get her very far) She does find great enjoyment picking out her own candy and possibly a magazine. This is a great way to teach your child about budgeting and spending.


Single Parent tip # 5 |Travel Light with 1 Carry on & 1 Bag (backpack)

I say this often to anyone that asks me HOW DO YOU DO IT BY YOURSELF? It’s a combination of proper planning and traveling light!  Unfortunately our kids expect us to sprout an extra set of arms and carry them while they are asleep , while pulling our luggage. It’s a nightmare but it’s also totally do-able.  Just because you are allowed to bring two carry on cases, does not mean you should. Trust me when I say less is more. The less you have to lug, the easier it will be to turn into superwoman at drop of a hat.

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Single Parent tip # 6 |Be efficient and board early

Get to the gate early & take advantage of the kids under 2 board early! If you child is over two like mine , most of the time i’ll just ask at the gate if I can board with the moms and babies and 8/10 times they say yes! Play the Single Parent “my hands are so full” card .


Single Parent tip # 7 |Boss your way through TSA

Buy your essential airplane travel toiletries at the airport. Taking out liquids in zip bags is long and extra , I simply do not do it . PLUS if you want to save all drama just get TSA PRE Check approved! It’s pretty easy , Most airlines offer a program that will allow you to apply. That way when you get to the airport , you can skip the TSA line , no removal of anything , scan , badabing badaboom and your off to your terminal!

Like I mentioned , Single parent travel is HARD , typically with couples there is another person to hold things when needed or, carry the kids when needed. so you have to think practically!

So if you are unable to get TSA Pre Checked, then you need a quality, versatile, standing four wheeled, ultimate rolling carry on suitcase you can slip things in and out at your easiest convenience.


Single Parent tip # 8 |SAY NO to the fridebox plane!

Bring some kind of cardigan  for mom and child plus extra clothing , to make sure your little one doesn’t freeze on the airplane . The AC is always on, and you can easily leave the plane with a cold.  Pick something lightweight and easy to pack in your carry on bag .

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THERE YOU HAVE IT!

My top Single Parent travel tips!

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Hi I’m Abbi, I’ve been designing and blogging for over 5 years, and I teach other bloggers and mamas how to live a luxe organised life so they can travel more! From Designing organizer printables, to teaching you how to be a boss blogger! Her Luxe Travels is your one stop shop!

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58 Comments

  1. October 3, 2017 / 7:34 am

    Props to you for sharing and for being a badass mom!

  2. October 3, 2017 / 8:21 am

    I am not a parent yet but these tips will come in handy when I take my niece out on my own!

  3. October 3, 2017 / 10:30 am

    The travel light tip is definitely good for any traveler, mom or not. I’ve seen so many people struggle with so many bags it can be ridiculous. Carry your valuables and things to do, put the rest in luggage, easy as that. At least if you’re flying an airline that doesn’t charge you for baggage. I travel around the world frequently and have only had one bag show up a day late (understandably too, it was only an hour layover in Istanbul). It’s so much better than it used to be.

    • October 3, 2017 / 10:57 am

      I totally agree! It makes no sense to be lugging around so many bags . Honestly i could fit all of my clothes and my daughters clothes in one suitcase, so the second suitcase is practically empty , therefore no reason for me to have a ton of hand luggage, or any at all! 🙂

      • October 6, 2017 / 9:26 am

        That’s pretty much how my wife and I are. We just share a huge backpack and check that. Then everything else is light.

  4. Shannon Sawicki
    October 3, 2017 / 4:33 pm

    I like the perloaded airplane apps list. I will use this for when we got to Europe next year.

    • October 14, 2017 / 2:52 pm

      yes! make sure you have the airlines app on your device BEFORE you board the plane 🙂

  5. October 3, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    These tips are priceless! I have so many new mom (and dad) friends that I need to share this with!

    • October 4, 2017 / 12:36 pm

      thank you so much! yes please do , i’m sure my tips will help 🙂

  6. October 3, 2017 / 9:48 pm

    You are so organised! I don’t have any kids and I feel that whenever I have a flight to catch it is just mayhem!

  7. October 4, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Great tips! I haven’t flown with kids but I have kids so who knows when my day is. You offered a lot of tips I didn’t know. Of course the pre-screen is a winner but I didn’t know about airline apps and movies either.

    • October 4, 2017 / 12:35 pm

      ah then my tips will definitely come in handy when you do decide to travel! 🙂 glad i could offer some insight! thanks for coming by 🙂

  8. October 4, 2017 / 3:34 am

    This is amazing and very helpful. Now i need to apply what i’ve learned…great job!

  9. October 4, 2017 / 5:29 am

    Yes! I am not a single parent, but I do travel quite a bit. And it looks super challenging. I couldn’t imagine traveling as a single parent. This could definitely help a lot of people

    • October 8, 2017 / 12:10 am

      thank you! and yes it is at first but as they get older , it gets easier 🙂

  10. Meghna Dixit
    October 4, 2017 / 7:29 am

    First of all, you sound like an amazing mom. And having taken 25 flights already with my 3 year old, I can’t agree more with being prepared, carrying a tablet and keeping a sticker book.

    • October 4, 2017 / 12:33 pm

      AWE thank you so much! and yes see you know the deal! its tough work! 🙂

  11. October 4, 2017 / 11:36 am

    I’m only a single dog mum but these tips come in just as handy. So well written and full of helpful tips 🙂

  12. October 4, 2017 / 2:47 pm

    Those are some really great helpful tips! I was fortunate enough to have a little bit of help when my two older kids were growing up but having the resources now that as parents we have at our fingertips with technology would have been super helpful. Lord knows books only entertained them for so long. Most of our trips were long car rides. I dreaded being stuck up in the air confined and surrounded by other people if my kid threw a tantrum. But I think every parent dreads their first airplane trip with a child not knowing what to expect. Again, great tips for making it a much smoother experience!

    • October 4, 2017 / 10:18 pm

      Thank you Noel! Yes so you have been through the worst of it! No tech on a plane ride with kids , I can’t even imagine the struggle! 🙂

  13. October 4, 2017 / 2:58 pm

    These will definitely help so many people make travel more easy – I don’t even have kids and I can imagine how big of a help some of these are (especially keeping them entertained). I’m totally going to use your packing checklist for myself!!

    • October 4, 2017 / 10:16 pm

      lol Thanks Danielle! and you should! The list is versatile and can be used by anyone looking to make sure their travel bags are fully equipped 🙂

  14. October 4, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    Yes to the coloring books and stickers!! My son loves those. I also try to have at least one brand new Highlights magazine for him to work on. Those keep him entertained for a long time! Great list!

    • October 4, 2017 / 10:15 pm

      Thank you Tara! Looks like you see where i’m coming from 🙂 Your son sounds lovely 🙂

  15. Julie Syl
    October 4, 2017 / 5:14 pm

    great tips. This will be a big help for a single parent who wants to travel. I will share this with my friend.

  16. October 4, 2017 / 5:39 pm

    I wish I had your tips when my boys were kids. I absolutely love your checklist! We are planning to take the Grandkids to Chicago after school is out for the year – sort of a Hello Summer Trip. 🙂 This will be well used.

    • October 4, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      thank you so much! ah yes that perfect glad you can get great use out of it 🙂

  17. October 4, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Stickers are definitely a great strategy for keeping kids entertained! We bought a sticker book and used it to amuse our toddler during lines at Disneyland this summer.

    • October 4, 2017 / 10:14 pm

      that’s an awesome idea! , I should have done that with my little one , but then again , we didn’t have too many lines as we took full advantage of the fast pass!

  18. October 4, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Wow, it’s obvious you have experience in this area! I never had to travel alone with young children, but many of these tips would be applicable in any trips with kids, no matter who’s accompanying them. I hear you on the stickers! My kids are all adults now, but my grandchildren do love their stickers!

    • October 4, 2017 / 10:13 pm

      Thank you 🙂 Ah so you are one of the lucky ones! 🙂 so you see my point with the sticker obsession haha

  19. October 5, 2017 / 1:56 am

    Yes! I am a fellow single mom and mommy blogger who travels. sometimes more than i would like. All of these are great tips! I also have a traveling tips for flying with baby post on my site as well.

    • October 5, 2017 / 6:29 pm

      thats awesome! Glad to meet a fellow blogger mom! i’ve bookmarked your blog 🙂

  20. October 5, 2017 / 3:01 pm

    Well, I am not a parent yet, but these tips are helpful when it comes to my niece. Nice article.

  21. October 5, 2017 / 6:03 pm

    This is a fantastic resource! Thanks for sharing this on your blog

  22. October 6, 2017 / 12:11 pm

    I am happily married, however these tips are great and I will use them on my next trip. My hubby sometimes can be my fourth child, lol.

  23. October 6, 2017 / 12:46 pm

    Have done lots of long haul trips myself, and so happy i dont have to bring all the baby stuff anymore! I have now a 6 yo and traveling with him is so easy, luckily. Can only agree with your tips 🙂

    • October 6, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Exactly , It’s a breeze now that they are a little older! 🙂 thank you

  24. October 6, 2017 / 8:56 pm

    The tips are rather smart. I have a little girl and its soooo hard to travel with her and have your piece of mind. This is very helpful, thank you

  25. October 7, 2017 / 12:15 am

    I’m not a single parent or a parent but so many tips and really great ones. Thank you for sharing them.

  26. Rosey
    October 7, 2017 / 3:51 am

    I really like the iPad mini. It’s the perfect size for kids. We had a Samsung Galaxy that was good too.

  27. Aine Mulloy
    October 7, 2017 / 9:47 am

    Great tips, definitely some very useful information there can only imagine how hard it must be to lug everything around

  28. Elizabeth O
    October 7, 2017 / 2:56 pm

    Great article. This will be great tips for all the single parents out there. I do love to travel and I think I will use all you said above even though I am not a single parent.

  29. October 9, 2017 / 1:27 am

    It is hard to believe that it has been since 2001 since I have been on an airplane. This was way before technology was popular too. I can’t even remember what I did to keep my baby entertained. I had a 5 year old and a 10 month old.

    Moving cross country was also fun too. My kids were a bit older though.

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