If there is one tip I can give you from all my years of travelling with kids it is this: keep them happy, keep them occupied, get them involved.
Ok so that’s three tips really, but they are all aimed at one thing; your children are coming away with you, don’t pretend they’re not or they are something to be ‘managed’. They are travellers too and you will find they are a whole lot more fun when you get them in on the planning.
And what better way to start that than with their own suitcase. Get them to take ownership of it; make them write out a list, pack their belongings and unpack when you get home.
You can go even further than this once they are older and get them involved with the actual trip; it’s their holiday too after all. Plan the holiday together; what do you all want from it, what don’t you want from it, how far do you want to travel, is there somewhere you’ve never been that you fancy trying or do you want to head back and rediscover somewhere you’ve been before and loved?
I personally think travel is an amazing thing to share with your kids. Whether that’s travelling within your own country and discovering the different regions, coastlines, mountains, cities. Or travelling abroad and trying out new cultures, using different money, interacting with different people.
But how do you make it stress free? How do you make travelling with kids fun?
As in any of these situations I turned to Twitter and Facebook asked for everyone’s tips and advice there.
So here you go, parenting travel advice from parents who’ve been there and done that!
@tara_cain pack lots of little surprises to be given out at ‘I’m bored’ moments throughout the journey: colouring books, card games, etc
— Becky (@EnglishMum) August 24, 2015
@tara_cain Plan ahead. We knew where we could stop to grab food, we also pack a ton of healthy snacks and drinks if a long drive. — Kelly Finn (@MTJAMBLOG) August 24, 2015
@tara_cain take something they can associate with home. My 2yr old always has her pillow & doggie when we travel. Without them she’s a mess!
— Emma Abdulaal (@emmaabdulaal) August 24, 2015
@tara_cain we have a little bag that’s got a special pad, colours and stickers etc in. Only used for travel so they get excited about it.
— Claire Archbold (@Claire_Arch) August 24, 2015
This post is written in collaboration with KLM UK as part of their campaign to show how families can benefit from travelling from a regional airport, instead of journeying long distances to get to major airports in London or Manchester, which always has me rolling my eyes and planning how to keep two whinging kids happy for the journey JUST to get to the airport.
And as a family who love to travel, this is a pretty big deal. Because KLM’s main hub is at the fabulous Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, it means you can fly to somewhere like Hong Kong from an airport much closer to home – a HUGE bonus when you’re travelling with the family and you want your holiday to start off with the minimum number of arguments! Plus, there’s the added bonus of knowing once you land on the return journey, you’re just a short journey away from your front door. And your own bed 🙂