Take things slowly
We are all guilty of it at times ...rushing too much. "Come on, hurry up!" "Quick quick, we have to go NOW." etc. And isn't it frustrating when your child just doesn't realise the enormity of time when it comes to travelling?
Slow down. Rushing means you will forget something. Rushing means you are stressed. And rushing means you won't enjoy yourself. Once on holiday, the same applies. It's easy to try and cram too many plans into each day but this just means you won't enjoy them as much. And we all know that the kids just get cranky when they're overtired...and that isn't fun for anyone!
Give the kids some control
A while ago I showed you the top luxury luggage for kids
. Allowing your child to first of all choose their own bag really makes a huge difference to their emotions. They feel in control and part of the decision making crew (even if really they aren't!) Let them pack their bag, try not to interfere if it's full of stuff you really don't think is particularly useful and just remember you are teaching them valuable lessons with every step.
Once on holiday, to avoid any stroppy moods, occasionally let the kids choose what you do. Some choose to split the day so everyone has a say in where you visit or what you do. Compromise is key!
Do NOT overpack those bags! This year, whilst we packed up for our family holiday on Ibiza, I made a concerted effort to take as little as possible as I just knew we wouldn't be wearing anything more than beachwear, shorts and vests. And I was right (for once) and felt rather smug on returning home! For younger children and babies, remember that you will likely be able to buy everything you need at your holiday destination. Gone are the days of needing to pack enough baby wipes for the duration of the trip. Relax, pack less stuff and if you have any concerns, call ahead to wherever you are staying and ask about local shopping options. Need some gorgeous summer wear for the kids? Click here
Book flights at the best time
Gone are the days when you could just book any flight time and cope with the outcome. A midnight flight is really not going to do you any favours when travelling with children. However, a night flight may be ideal as you could potentially have some rest en route. Be organised, ensure plenty of time is left between any connecting flights and plan the journey part of your holiday as best you can.
Go for it
Travelling with kids is a wonderful opportunity. All those incredibly memories you can make and the sights you will see together. For every worry there is about travelling with kids there is at least ten times the amount of happiness and excitement that you can share as a family. You only live once and travelling can give kids so many wonderful experiences. Go for it and have an awesome time away.