Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Tips for Travelling with Little Ones.

Violet has already been on two (and a half, long story) holidays in her little lifetime. All in the UK but nonetheless they needed lots of planning and preparation to ensure we had everything we needed. It's getting close to prime holiday season, and we're heading away again in August. So here's a few tips and tricks for travelling with little ones:

Plan, Plan and Plan some more. 

I think I must have covered every eventuality in my head, so we had a plan in place of what to do if something off piste happened. Thankfully we didn't have much drama on any of our trips and being in the UK, if all else failed we could get home pretty quickly. It's a good idea to have some clue as to what you'd like to do or see when you arrive at your destination and if there are shops or local amenities close by. 

 Find the Right Accommodation. 

Villas, cottages, lodges etc. are great for families because you don't have the worry of waking your neighbour through the conjoining wall. If you're a little unsure where to start when it comes to booking somewhere family friendly, take a look at Tots To Travel*. There are thousands of recommended breaks suitable for young families, each tailored to your needs and safety checked to ensure your little ones and you have a brilliant time. 

Write a Packing List.  

I'm the queen of writing lists in my phone. I have shopping lists, blog post lists, dates for my diary, you name it, it'll be on a list. So obviously my packing needs to be listed too, that way I can ensure we've got everything. I think we can all be guilty of over-packing at time too, but I think when you're travelling with a baby or toddler it really can't be helped. But having said that, always remember you're probably not going to be too far from a supermarket or local shop so if you have forgotten anything, it's not a crisis.

Try to Keep Some Bedtime Routine. 

Violet thrives off a routine, making a home away from home, for her is the key to things running smoothly. We're pretty strict when it comes to bedtime at home, she has a routine that we stick to everyday and it really works for us. Obviously routine isn't always easy to stick to when you're away from home, however we always try to as much as possible. That means she is in bed for her usual time most nights and she will have a bath, bottle then bed, if she can. And sometimes you might need to improvise!

Find Some Family-Friendly Activities.

The sites we tend to stay on, have a play park and swimming pool, as well as things for older children. It's a good idea to find out if there is anything near by for little ones to burn off some steam and hopefully wear themselves out. We found soft play centres and zoo's great in the UK, but if you're leaving the country water parks are a brilliant way to have some fun and keep cool.

Most of All...Relax!

This is a holiday for you as well as the kids, so make sure you relax. If you've planned and packed well, there will be nothing to worry about other than enjoying yourself. So pop those baby monitors on the balcony and sit back and relax with a sangria or two, you definitely deserve it!

Do you have any holiday plans this summer?

Katie xx


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