When it comes to family travel a lot of sweat and effort is behind every shiny social media post. Those who travel solo or as a couple can’t even comprehend the logistical nightmare family travel can be. Seasoned family travellers know that being smart during preparation time can ensure a good time is had by all and those “less-good times” are quickly forgotten.
The best family holidays won’t leave you feeling refreshed – you’ll often need a holiday after your holiday – but if you’ve bonded over the experience, then it’s worth every annoying second.
A lot depends on the kind of holiday you’ll be taking and the specific needs of each of your children, but these universal tips for travelling with kids are applicable to most families.
Not every destination has a soothing Kid’s Club to plonk them in while you sip a cocktail and attempt to regroup.
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So sit back, pretend you are on a sunlounge and do some family travel research. Here we go.
1. Catered child packs
Packing an individual bag for each child and catering to their preferences is a great way to keep them happy and entertained in the event they get bored (flight delays, traffic, can’t sleep). Include their favourite drink, snacks and activities as well as something they can play with other members of the family. If they can carry it themselves, even better. At each destination they can clear them out and add or subtract items.
2. Separate bedrooms
Unless you are camping, it’s always a good idea to book accommodation with separate bedrooms so children can take naps without being disturbed, or parents can take a “nanna nap” if needed.