There is so much to think about and to plan when you are travelling with kids and this will vary according to the age of your children, any special needs they might have and the nature of your destination. As Shipitwise brings convenience for travellers, we want to share some tips that should make life a little bit easier while travelling with kids.
1. Don’t be too ambitious. Don’t plan your holiday the way you would have done before the kids came along. Being realistic should be your thing! This means leaving free time in your schedule to allow for the unexpected. This might be dealing with an emergency like an illness, or simply allowing the kids to return for a second visit to a place they found particularly interesting. You will also need to factor in plenty of down time, to just give the kids a chance to play or to allow you to stick to regular bedtime routines.
2.Travel with another couple with kids. This way you can take turns minding the kids, allowing each couple some alone time during the holiday. It also means the kids have other kids to play with and you have more chance of enjoying some adult conversation. Sounds like a win-win, doesn’t it?
3.Research the kids’ club. If using a kid’s club during your holiday, make sure it provides stimulating and fun activities for the kids, rather than just general supervised play. You want your kids to be able to do something different on holiday, too.
4.Make the most of family discounts. Travelling with kids and big family might be a little bit costly, but their is a of family discounts you can use that you are not aware of! Lots of hotels offer discounts for families and often provide free kids’ meals. Look around for restaurants that let kids eat for free and for attractions that provide free entry for kids under a certain age. So don’t miss discounts, it’s already there, you just need to take it.
5.Pack appropriately. You will thank yourself if you have packed for most eventualities on holiday. This means packing clothes that allow for changes in weather, or for kids getting dirty within half an hour of going outside. It means packing sun protection and medicines for allergies and the sniffles, as well as headache tablets for you! And it means bringing plenty of games, toys, books and some form of electronic entertainment equipment to entertain the kids in times of need.
6.Send your baggage. If you think you will have just too much luggage to enjoy the way there and back, why not send your bags to your destination with Shipitwise. This will give you a free hand to stop your kids wandering off or to wipe dirty noses. You could even send things like carrycots to allow your child to sleep in something familiar, or buggies to act as a handy shopping trolley or makeshift bed on long days out. Find out more about sending your bags to your chosen destination by visiting our FAQ page.
7.Find the most suitable accommodation. Think about what accommodation would best suit your family. Consider whether it would be annoying, and expensive, to have to rely on hotel staff to do things for you like heat bottles. How about self-catering instead, which would allow you to create a home from home?