Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Are we there yet? Travelling with children

Travelling with children

It's that time of the year where everyone is taking the summer holiday's, whether you are jetting off to sunnier climates or planning a stay-cation, we all have a little bit of travelling to do on our hands. Those of us who dare travel with children in tow are facing a bigger challenge than just what the traffic on the roads is doing, and we are just awaiting the chorus of 'ARE WE THERE YET!?' to chime through from the backseats. 

We have done quite a few long distance trips with Leo of late, one of which was a 3 hour drive to Hull (which we did there and back in one day!), Leo has since decided that '3 hours takes for ages' and he decided he wasn't going to make the trip again when the time came to pick up our new Dalmatian Puppy (I may have high fived my inner parent!).

www.myvouchercodes.co.uk have put together some fantastic tips for travelling with children, that may just help you keep your sanity intact and kick start your holiday without the torment that often ensues... travelling with the children. The General Manager of My Voucher Codes, Chris Reilly, said:
“Holidays are a time for relaxing and recharging, even if you have children, it can be easily achieved by careful planning. We hope our top tips will help parents make sure they are ready for their holiday and that they have everything they need to make it memorable for the whole family.”

Planning

  • Plan your holiday together as a family
  • If it’s your first family holiday with very young children, stay closer to home or take shorter flights
  • Plan out your days with what you want to see, how to get there, and what there is to do
  • Get older children to help with what to see and do whilst away

Packing

  • Don’t let children pack cases on their own, have them help you so nothing is left behind
  • Pack your children’s favourite toys, books or games
  • If taking mobile phones and tablets ensure you have chargers etc.
  • Encourage older children to keep a travel journal to document the trip

Trains, planes and automobiles

  • Book train and plane tickets so you travel at night when you would be sleeping
  • If you’re flying, make sure you book your seats in advance so you can all sit together
  • Buy water for the flight or bring an empty bottle and fill it up
  • Book table seats when taking a train so you have more room to interact
  • Make sure you have headphones for your electrical devices
  • When driving, ensure you take plenty of breaks
  • Plan interesting stop offs on long car journeys
  • Pack plenty of water in your car
  • Portable DVD players or tablets can be handy on long car journeys

Accommodation

  • Book hotels in central locations in safe and quiet areas close to amenities
  • Check reviews before you book to ensure it suits your needs
  • Opt for apartments or suites if you feel you need more space so you’re not all cramped in one room
  • Book resorts which cater for children and adults
  • Look for hotels which offer child minding, babysitting or kids clubs

Food and drink

  • Encourage your children to try new foods as a family
  • Fill up on free breakfasts if included with your accommodation
  • If it’s a buffet, take extra food for snack or ask your hotel if they provide picnics
  • By snacks and drinks from local supermarkets not from hotels or minibars
  • Make sure you have snacks with you when out and about
  • If you’re self-catering, fill up on breakfast there and make your own picnic for lunch

Cost

  • Keep to a budget with some money aside for emergencies
  • Have your children keep to a budget for souvenirs and treats too
  • Check for free days at museums and other tourist sites
  • Try to always take public transport as it will be cheaper than local taxis
  • If available use apps such as Uber or Lyft for cheaper taxis
  • Use hop-on, hop-off buses as these will take you to the tourist hotspots

Other

  • Always allow more time when traveling with children
  • Pack a mini medical kit: Plasters and blister packs, antihistamine and Calpol
  • Always have antibacterial gel, wet wipes and tissues to hand
  • Invest in a child tracker device
  • Take spare clothes on days out
  • Make sure you’ve got medications and details if you need to get more whilst away


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