How To Manage Your Kids When Traveling

A tip sheet from Aleney de Winter, the Sydney-based writer and mother of two behind family-travel blog BoyEatsWorld. (


Kids can get easily bored on a flight, so I pack plenty of snacks, activities books, and a fully charged tablet for both of mine.They’re so much better behaved in the sky than at home, that I’d seriously consider living on a plane.


Keep the little ones safely hydrated. The heat and
 humidity in the tropics can be especially draining on them.


The Disneyland in Tokyo is definitely one of the best child-friendly attractions in Asia. But my kids are even wilder about the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Japan—their Hogwarts fantasies come to life!


Our most recent family jaunt was to Cambodia and my children were smitten with it from the minute they arrived. Between exploring ancient temples and catching high-speed tuk-tuk rides, they treated the whole experience like a DIY Indiana Jones adventure.


Making travel with kids a stress-free experience isn’t just about smart planning and staying vigilant, it’s about having realistic expectations. Stuff happens. Luggage is lost. Flights are canceled. Children have meltdowns. If you’re prepared for the worst, while remaining optimistic, unavoidable mishaps and the odd tantrum really won’t seem so bad.


This article originally appeared in the April/May 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine. (“Words to the Wise”)

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