AD | Tips for Travelling with Children

AD | Tips for Travelling with Children

It’s that time of year again when I am on the lookout for a really great holiday deal. It’s cold, dreary and I’m just on the lookout for my next escape to a much much warmer climate. Living in a hot country would just be an absolute dream for me, I find the weather in winter so depressing so I really need a holiday in the middle of winter to pick me up a bit. I will be one of those people who are looking for the best hotel deals for Black Friday this week. If you see any great deals online we’d really appreciate it if you could let us know and hopefully we’ll be sharing our adventures with you very soon. Today I’m sharing our top tips for travelling with kids because let’s face it we all need all the help (and wine) we can get at times 😉

  1. We like to break up travelling wherever possible so if we were flying out of the country then we would drive to the airport and stay overnight before our morning flight. You can usually get hotel and parking packages which work out really good value for money.
  2. For your own hand luggage we recommend a backpack to leave your hands free and pack light wherever you can.
  3. Let the kids pack a bag with their favourite books and games in for the flight – I always check what they’ve put in so we don’t end up lugging heavy books around with us. Tablets are wonderful for keeping children entertained. We also make sure they have a pair of headphones each so they can get on with playing games, watching films etc without causing any noise irritation to other passengers. The airline may supply them but they’re never as good as the ones you will own and you’ll probably need them at the hotel for a few minutes peace too 😉
  4. I always wrap a comic and an activity book up and let them open it on the flight, that way they feel very excited about getting a little present and mine always love to do activity books.
  5. Take baby wipes… wherever there are children (and partners) there is always mess so these are my MUST HAVE travel accessory! I don’t leave the house without a pack nowadays.
  6. Take lots of snacks. I always try to pack something a little different so it’s not the same old boring packet of raisins. I always avoid chocolate as mine tend to cover themselves in it.
  7. While flying we always love to talk about what we are going to do on holiday, Boo always writes a list of everything she’d liked to see and do… this always keeps her happy and gets her excited!
  8. My daughter gets really painful ears when taking off so I always take some boiled sweets for her to suck on, but for babies/toddlers a bottle/sippy cup or dummy will help.
  9. Allow yourselves plenty of time, there’s no point trying to rush around with kids so just plan in some extra time to get wherever you need to get to. It will be much less stressful if you know you don’t have to rush.
  10. Do as much research as you can about the place that you are staying so you know exactly what you might expect.
  11. It might be tempting to fill everyday with lots of activities but try and leave yourselves a couple of days with absolutely no plans so you can relax and enjoy an afternoon nap or two if need be.
  12. Make sure you have insurance! It really is better to be safe than sorry 🙂
  13. Whatever you do don’t forget sunscreen and insect repellent!
  14. Try to stay at family friendly places, you never know you might get a couple of hours break if there is a kids club. When we stayed in the Dominican Republic the kids club was amazing and we enjoyed a few meals out together while they enjoyed movie night with the lovely staff. It was wonderful, we also got to go to the gym every other day as they enjoyed a couple of hours art and crafts at the kids club.
  15. Take paracetamol for both yourselves and the kids! You just never know who might need it!

Do you have any tips for travelling with children? Make sure you let us know your favourite in the comment section xx

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  1. November 21, 2018 / 11:52 am

    Oo so many good tips to remember here, thank you! We are planning our first holiday abroad as a family of four, so we’ll be needing these 🙂

  2. November 21, 2018 / 4:50 pm

    I know what you mean the drab winter weather leaves me craving warmer, sunnier climes. I will have to do some research myself to try and find some good deals.

  3. November 21, 2018 / 8:12 pm

    Great tips! Make sure you have films loaded onto tablets, we once made the error of thinking we’d downloaded stuff but we’d only put it in a file to download, or some crazy thing like that, not good to realise 1 hour into an 11 hour flight, there’s no paw patrol on the iPad, and no wifi to download it. Felt tips, snacks. I spy sheets. Cheap cameras!

  4. November 22, 2018 / 11:48 am

    Not kids this side but sharing this article with my brother, they are making their first trip this Christmas with my nephew.

  5. November 22, 2018 / 12:43 pm

    Some great tips here, I think you’ve covered most of my tips 🙂 Backpack is definitely the way to go, and I ALWAYS have Ibuprofen for mummy with me, just in case.

  6. November 22, 2018 / 4:19 pm

    What amazing tips you have provided here! We always use a backpack and I like the one about the boiled sweets. Research is crucial! xx

  7. November 22, 2018 / 9:50 pm

    those are fab tips , we also pack books and movies to watch on a tablet to keep little ones busy while one of us drives x

  8. Caitylis
    November 25, 2018 / 9:52 pm

    Wrapping a gift to open on the flight is such a great one! Just the excitement of that alone is great bribery to keeping them quiet! Haha!