Irish Examiner: Top tips for long haul travel with small children


Food writer, broadcaster and author Caroline Hennessy has been focused on food and writing since editing Ireland’s first food website for RTÉ in 2000. Chair of the Irish Food Writers’ Guild, she established the award-winning Bibliocook: All About Food in 2005, is the author of two books about beer and food and has a column in the Irish Examiner in which she writes about small food producers and the ways in which they develop and maintain a sustainable local food system.

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  1. Kristin says:

    To that excellent list I would also add a few empty big Ziploc bags, the kinds that actually zip closed, that you keep somewhere you can easily grab them in a hurry. Invaluable for sealing up those inevitable dirty clothes (and yes, we have learned this tip the hard way!).

    • Caroline says:

      Yes! I did that on the trip home after we had several “incidents” on the way over – every spare sick bag within reach had to be used for dirty clothes.

  2. Janine says:

    Great article! I just finished writing a post about our experience backpacking with our seven month old. It was a short-haul flight but your last article on Vietnam really helped me prepare! Canada in June, now, and just me and Maeve… no Daddy! We’ll see how it goes.

  3. Caroline says:

    Glad that you found the tips useful, Janine. Sounds like you really had a good time in Portugal! Best of luck with your Canada trip.

    Another thing that we’ve discovered over the years is that it’s impossible to move a pushchair and wheely suitcase at the same time. Don’t be afraid to ask for help at airports when you’re traveling on your own. Sounds like Maeve will take it all in her stride anyway!

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