Saturday, 22 November 2014

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Travel with kids - Packing tips and preparation

I've been asked quite a few times "how easy is it travelling with kids?" and my simple answer to that is its all about Preparation. Being prepared is the key to making your holiday run somewhat smoothly. 
Here's a slightly different blog from me with some packing tips for kids.

The first time I took my little one on holiday outside the UK, he was 11 months old and it took a lot of prepping. He's a few years older now and our holiday preparations gets more exciting the older he gets. 
I'm going to share with you some of my tips and preparation rituals and list some of the items we take along to make our holiday smoother.

1. Get a fun holiday countdown app.
This sets the mood for a fun holiday with kids. I use WeeMee vacation app, which you can download for free, you can also create your own avatars (mini - you) and dress them up how you want. works a charm with my son. All links below.

2. A fun travel luggage
Get a fun travel luggage that your little one can pull along at the airport, it makes children feel more involved. You can get a Trunki, or a Skyflite animal theme luggage.  It sets the right holiday mood for packing. The trunki also doubles up as a ride on, so you can wheel your child along when they get tired of walking.

3. Go shopping together for the fun stuff
We make a date out of it and go shopping together for the fun stuff, my son chooses all the fun items himself, this gives him a sense of involvement and also decision making from an early age; and you're also making fun memories at the same time.

We always pack the following items
- beach bucket and spade,
- inflatable beach ball, arm bands, swimming rings for smaller children
- bubbles (its the simple things that kids enjoy)
- Freesbies
- water-splashers
- fun swim gear