Top Tips For Travelling With Kids {Giveaway with Trunki South Africa”}

As families across South Africa start gearing up for their annual summer holiday, a load of parents may be faced with anxiety about flying with their kids. My boys have been fortunate enough to fly a few times and I’ve put together some of our “flight saver” tips. I’ve spoken about general travelling tips with children before, but today I want to focus on packing the perfect in flight bag.

Before you fly

Thinking about the time of your flight. If it’s a long haul night time flights are often the best so you can prepare your child for a night time sleep. Try not to book at peak hours as hopefully there should be a little extra space.

Get them excited – an airport is probably one of the most exciting places in the world for kids. Prepare them on what’s to come, read stories about flying in the sky, get them their own little suitcase and let them choose their own comfort items. Trunki South Africa plays a huge part in creating this excitement. They believe that “travel is about creating new experiences, creating memories and making every journey just as exciting as the destination.” Every little traveler needs a Trunki, and trust me mama’s it will make your life a whole lot easier. It’s great for keeping the kids entertained during long waits in the departure lounge and it can also be a handy way to pull them along when little feet get tired. The design options are incredible and it was a tough choice between mummy’s favourite “Pedro the Pirate” or the boys choices which were “Rocco Racer” and “Tipu Tiger

Preparation of your in-flight bag

It all comes down to careful planning.  I map out essentials needed for the flight so we are never left in an awkward situation. Separate packets that contain snacks, medicine, entertainment, so its easy to quickly whip out.

Activities to keep to them entertained.

You want to pack non bulky items that are easy to grab and don’t have a thousand and one pieces involved (no lego please).

Melissa and Doug make the cutest “On the go” range which are always included in our travels. One or two small toys – for us that’s super hero figurines and cars of some sort. Activity books – these range from colouring books to sticker albums and our favourite Tower Kids activity packs for easy and convenient entertainment. Of course we bring along a tablet with our favourite Netflix series downloaded when we need quick saves.

Emergency Medicine

My kids are typically quiet healthy the whole year around, bar birthdays and travel. Isn’t life funny? All of a sudden my healthy 5 year old will come down with a fever or tummy bug the day of travel.

As they are a little older now so thankfully our medicine pack is a little smaller but I never travel without Panado/Nurofen, celestamine for pesky post nasal drips, and a saline spray. Alongside that I pack in Tissues, some Dettol Wipes and the water-less hand sanitiser.

Comfort Toy/ Warm Jacket

We never travel anywhere without our favourite travel pillow and the boys best teddy or toy. It’s no secret that aeroplanes are freezing, I always pack a warm hoodie and extra socks to change into.


You can never have too many snacks on hand when travelling with kids. Our favourites include the Kiddylicious snack range with its yummy wafers, coconut rolls and cheesy straws. Yoghurt covered rice cakes are a staple in our house as are good old apples. Crackers, raisins and of course you need a few bribery items for meltdowns. Mini Marshmallows are our trick!

The right luggage

A durable suitcase is a must for flying, you don’t want to be dealing with sore shoulders or broken zips. Our Trunki came just a few days after ordering and I can safely say these things are darn durable. They have been through the wars already with the boys racing around the house, so that 5 year guarantee is pretty handy! It has convenient lockable latches and a and handy key keeping all your secrets safe and sounds, with the key cleverly added into the tow strap, so you will never have to dig in the endless pit of your handbag. The 18 litre storage capacity carries all you need and then come and when comes to the actual flight itself, preparation is key.

All of this fits into their very own Trunki Suitcase which they pull along. Once we are on the plane I pull out the essential items and away we go! PS the Trunki can also double up as a foot rest on the plane for the kids. Slide it between the seats and the kids can sleep with their feet up!

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I’ve been giving you sneak peaks into our favourite Trunki’s on my insta-stories, and now its your turn to share yours! Together with Trunki, I’ll be giving away one lucky reader their very own Trunki worth R1000, just in time for Christmas!

  1. Comment below on what your favourite Trunki Character is.
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Winner will be randomly selected on December 13th to allow for delivery time.

*We received a Trunki suitcase to review, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

93 thoughts on “Top Tips For Travelling With Kids {Giveaway with Trunki South Africa”}

  1. My top tip for travelling with kids is keeping them entertained when driving play fun family games and have sing along games, eye spy with my little eye games…rocco racer is my favorite ??

  2. my daughter would go mad for the Una the Unicorn Trunki!!!if it was me I would choose the Zimba the Zebra (can adults use them haha)

  3. We absolutely adore Una the unicorn and my girl would love to have her as her travle buddy in January when we immigrate to Australie

  4. My Daughter Cayde-Lee Loves The Unicorn Trunki . Would be Amazing to win this for her just in time for her Grade R year in a new “big school”


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    Chantel Van Aswegen

    Following on Facebook as Chantel Maier

  5. My boy will love the Rocco Racer Trunki, so that he can pack all his favorite cars in his Trunki when we go on holiday ?

  6. My little boy will love the Rocco Racer Trunki. He can pack all his cars in his Trunki when we go on holiday ?

  7. Totally inlove with the unicorn but cat is perfect
    We are traveling to Zanzibar in 2 weeks
    Only James is sorted with his @trunkisouthafrica
    Annebelle needs one ASAP

    Holding both thumbs

    1. Hi there ! Your name has been selected as the winner of the Trunki Suitcase ! Congratulations !! If you are following me on instagram or on my facebook page please DM me your delivery details in the next day, so I can ensure you receive your Trunki tommorow! Well done and thanks for your support

  8. Frank the fire engine for sure!

    My dad is my son’s superhero and happens to be an ex-fireman. We have made the extremely difficult decision to immigrate and winning a Frank fire engine trunki would mean a little reminder of my dad for my two and half year old son!

    Holding fingers and toes xxx

  9. Zimba the zebra ? Ian our favorite ❤️ A bit of Africa needs to travel with us to New Zealand for the holidays! Would love to win!!!

  10. I just love Benny The Cat, The Unicorn and for my son the Pirate theme!! Would be super awesome to win this #TrunkiSA #Inthestilettos My daughter would take super good care of Bennie or any Trunki!

  11. I love the Unicorn trunki

    Wow I’ve never been so excited about a giveaway, this one is just too awesome??

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