Travelling with children can be tricky, particularly when a toddlers’ range of emotions jump from excited to tantrum in the blink of an eye. To get you through your journey, we’ve put together a helpful list of top tips, whether you’re at the planning stage or you’re flying tomorrow.
Take your time to book the best holiday for your family
When booking your holiday, don’t forget that your toddler isn’t tied to school dates. This means that you can find even better deals and availability than other parents. Moreover, it pays to book ahead, whether that’s extra facilities at the hotel, or airport lounge additions. Make your journey as stress free as you can, it is, after all, a holiday.
Book the right hotel for you
Some hotels offer excellent family facilities and you should certainly make use of them. Six Senses Zighy Bay is a great example of a hotel going the extra mile. Here, under 6’s can dine on 3 meals a day for free, even if the parents aren’t eating.
Elsewhere, Crystal Cove by Elegant Hotels in Barbados offers a fun kids’ club early dining options, making it easier to schedule in bed time. There are many examples of excellent family friendly hotels throughout our website.
On a long journey, the last thing you need is a bored kid. Sooner or later, boredom changes to nagging and nagging will turn to tantrums. The best way to avoid this is by keeping them active with a long list of things to do.
We recommend KeepEmQuiet, who create special travel packs for kids. Each reusable, colourful travel pack is full of toys, books, activities, puzzles, crafts and healthy snacks, taking the stress off of your shoulders in one convenient package. Collections are created for kids aged 1 - 3, 3 - 5 & 5+ and guests can even stipulate the age of their child, so even if you’re travelling with an older child, you can keep everyone happy.
Extra clothing for all
Regardless of how much care you take, children will always find a way to ruin their clothes. Accidents do happen, so combat this by packing an extra change of outfit, for both you and your little one in your hand luggage. Go one further by packing clothes that can be easily mix and matched, saving you space in your suitcase and strange looks due to mismatched clothing.
While we’re on the subject of packing…
Don’t let your child pack their own bag
One of the best ways to get your child excited about their holiday is to involve them in the packing process. But this comes with its own drawbacks. As cute as it is to see your child hopping along with their own suitcase, you can bet 5 minutes later you’ll be the one carrying it.
If you do encourage your child to pack their bag, make amends as you go along. If you don’t, chances are you’re likely to find a jumble of clothes, no socks and more than just a few oddities.
Pop goes…their ears
Pressure in your ears from take-off can be annoying and even painful for some. To avoid the discomfort, give your child a sippy cup, or encourage them to yawn, or talk about their favourite topic.