When you have little ones, booking a break can feel like a tricky task. It’s no longer just about finding the best locations for sun, sea and sand, there’s a lot of different things to consider. Is accommodation child-friendly? Will the food be appropriate? Is the location safe? Will there be entertainment for kids? If booking your break is sending you into a panic, then take a look at our top travel tips for new mums.
Choose Child-Friendly Accommodation
There’s nothing worse than arriving at a destination, only to realise there are NO other children anywhere to be seen. You then face the inevitable dread of the other travellers rolling their eyes and tutting as your child runs riot around the pool as well as your child having nobody to play with. Avoid this by choosing the accommodation that is truly child-friendly. There are loads of kids holidays with dedicated children’s entertainment, pools, splash parks and other activities to ensure they (and you!) have a great time. When we went to Turkey last year, the hotel had German and Russian guests, luckily the English language is learnt by kids at school so Tilly could chat with them and play with them.
Pre-Plan Your Packing
It can be a tricky task ensuring you have everything you’ll need for your trip abroad. So get ahead of the game by writing a detailed list before you start packing. Try to think through each scenario you’ll face while travelling and what you’ll need every step of the way. I’d start with airport essentials, such as passports, boarding passes, snacks, toys, games, diapers and formula (to name a few). Once you’ve got that down, you can work through a typical day on holiday and plan your packing. For instance, if you’re heading to the beach, you’ll need sun cream, sunglasses, swimwear and towels at the least!
Create a Travel Entertainment Kit
Keeping kids happy while travelling is no easy feat. So do everything you can to keep them settled by creating a bespoke travel entertainment kit. This could include any of their favourite pastimes. For instance, if you know they love to draw or colour in, pack a brand-new colouring book and travel-sized crayons that they can use on the plane. If they only settle when watching Peppa Pig, then pack a tablet for the journey. Puzzles, small board games and card games all work too, so pick whatever you think they’ll like. The key to this is to NOT show them all these games beforehand so you can use them as a diversion if necessary.
Don't Choose A really Long Flight
There is nothing worse than choosing a destination that will take more than a few hours to get to by plane and your child will not settle down. You will feel uncomfortable and it will start your holiday of wrong. The kids get excited about going away and they want to get there instantly. When I travel, I try not to go over a 4 hour limit for travel. Although sometimes we go on an overnighter that will be about 6 or 8 hours and she sleeps.
By planning, creating a fun and exciting entertainment kit and choosing the best child-friendly accommodation, you’re sure to have loads of fun in the sun! Kids learn so much by travelling to a different destination and you are giving them such a good start in life by enriching their lives.