Family & Life

Making your First Holiday and Journey with Kids Easier

Posted August 22, 2014 by Bethanie Lunn

Loving the tapas for 6 euros sign – no wonder we all look so happy!
I had my first holiday as a mum earlier this year and I have to be honest, I was kinda dreading it.  All those previous holidays where time didn’t exist, whiling away hours sunbathing, sleeping, drinking, dancing, eating – and all without care.  Were they long gone?  
Would my care-free holidays now be replaced with whiling away hours in the kids pool and the shade, fighting to get my toddler to sleep, routine feeding, drinking, dancing to Barney the Dinosaur?
Well, I didn’t quite have the carefree, R&R-filled holiday I used to BUT I had a whale of a time and managed to squeeze in ‘me time’, sunbathing, alone time with my beau and unforgettable family memories.

Here’s how…

For me, the plane journey was my biggest worry – is my son, Frankie going to run riot, have a tantrum or want to climb over strangers for the whole journey?  Thankfully, no he didn’t thanks to a few choice items to keep him entertained. 

Pack the Right Toys

We took note of what he was enjoying playing with right before we went and took those toys with us.  He loves grabbing the dogs lead so we got him his own plastic lead to play with and the remote control never fails to occupy him so we took an old one for him to use (batteries removed).  Anything that makes a noise and has flashing lights is handy.  Choose models with adjustable volume so as not to annoy other passengers too much.  Snacks particularly raisins are ideal, especially for take-off to encourage swallowing to avoid popped ears, and let’s not forget our trusty tablets to play movies and interactive games on.

Give Him his Own Bag

We let him have his own rucksack to keep it all in so he felt special and just like us with his dedicated hand luggage, something most kids enjoy feeling.  He carried the Knights and Dragons Mini Rucksack, £15 by Pink Lining.  It’s the ideal size for pre-schoolers and lightweight so they won’t get weighed down or distracted by it and try to take it off.

Take your Parents

Another top tip is to take the Grandparents.  Having my folks come along enabled us to have a babysitter for two out of the ten nights we were away, allowing my husband and I some much-needed alone time / sleep!

Create a Play Area

We even managed to sunbathe by creating an enclosed area with sun loungers or chairs and setting up Frankie’s play area in the middle with a paddling pool, UV tent and buckets and spades.  This way, my family and I could all lie down and watch him, join in or relax, knowing that he was safe.
Frankie still uses his mini rucksack today.  His favourite use is to pack it up with shells, pebbles and driftwood he has found on the beach which we collect and keep for him in a jar in his bedroom, labelled  ‘Beach-side Memories’.

I love it too since separating my bag from my son’s means I don’t end up with half eaten bananas and used wet wipes in the bottom of my handbag – it’s all kept in his fashionable little bag now!
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