Going away on holiday whether it’s for a weekend break, or a full week with two small children and one on the way may sound like some people's worst nightmare, but actually, it is quite doable. Although, to be successful at this serious planning and forethought needs to go into each trip to ensure that each part is as kid-friendly (and so parent-friendly, as possible) Keep reading to see what we mean.
One thing that can save you a load of heartache and stress in the long run when travelling with the kids is if you pick the right accommodation in the right location.
You really need to do your homework and pick a place that is both great for families, and that matches your budget. Look for hotels that have special kids menus, activities on site, and large room, so you don't end up feeling like you are squashed in like sardines. By doing so, you are giving yourself the best chance of having an enjoyable stay once you get there, something that will allow both you and the kids to have the most fun.
Picking the right place for your break can reduce a lot of stress.
One job that most parents dread having to do before they go away with their kids is all the washing, ironing, and packing. Obviously, you will all need enough clothes to cover the time that you are away so some of this will have to be done. However, you can greatly reduce the hassle of this job if you get the kids involved in the packing process themselves.
To help you do this, get the kids their own wheely cases, which makes it so much more fun. Then the older ones can help the younger ones sort out the outfits and shoes they need and ensure they are in the cases. Something that leaves you with a little more time for all those other jobs that needed to be sorted before you leave.
Some kids are great in the car. They will sit happily in their car seat for hours looking out of the window or napping. Others will scream for the entire journey, making it less than pleasant for everyone else in the vehicle.
Luckily, if you plan ahead with some games and activities to distract them with you can avoid this situation as much as possible. Spotting games that work on the motorway like the ones mentioned here are good, and so are portable DVD players on which you can play their favourite cartoons and films. Add some child-safe headphones into the mix, and you may even get a minute or two of quiet time on the journey in which you can collect your own thoughts if you are lucky!
Of course, don't forget to take a lot of water and healthy snacks to keep the little one fuelled and hydrated as well. The reason being that this can help the kids maintain a good mood throughout the journey. Something that can ensure you anxiety levels stay as low as possible on during the trip.