Train travel with kids
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 | Admin
Train Travel with kids
I recently took the kids to Devon to visit my Parents on the train by myself and thought I would share the highs, lows and must haves for a successful journey. For those who haven’t read my blogs before I’m a stay at home mama to a 3-year-old little boy and 11-month-old little girl. We live Yorkshire with my husband and 2 dogs.
Devon is a 5 ½ hour train ride for us and as I don’t drive a car and daddy couldn’t join us train travel was my only method of transportation this time. I have done it once before when Lincoln was a baby and hadn’t found that too stressful so thought it wouldn’t be much different with my extra human in tow.
Both kids were entitled to free rail travel as they are both under 5 but the thought of them potentially having to sit on my knee did not fill me with enthusiasm, so we decided to pay extra for Lincoln to have his own seat. I also picked out straight through trains to minimise any disruptions (and save my stress levels!).
Hubby took us right to the platform, so he was able to lift the luggage on for me, but a last-minute platform change meant it was all very rushed in the end.
Overall the kids weren’t too much trouble for the journey, I took Lincoln’s tablet so he played games and watched some shows on that with his headphones. Etta was much harder work because I couldn’t pace the train as I had Lincoln in the seat and she wasn’t so keen on sitting still. We made it though with a combination of snacks, books and a significant amount of signing nursery rhymes!
The way back wasn’t smooth sailing, the train was late into the station and therefore I didn’t have much time to load stuff on. Trying to keep Lincoln sat still while lugging my bags down the train holding Etta wasn’t pleasant. The train was packed which meant little space for luggage and Lincoln wasn’t in the mood for sitting still! There was also someone sat in my seats fast asleep. Still, we made it and while I need a little bit of time to recover I would do it again.
My top tips:
I hope our experience and tips came in handy and I wish you safe and stress-free travels!