We travel a lot with toddlers and Catherine has some great ideas in here to make our travels less stressful. Maybe she can help you too.
Heading off abroad with children of any age can seem like a daunting prospect, but parents packing their bags to get away with pre-school youngsters will really feel the pressure. Whether this is your first time abroad with tots and toddlers or you are accustomed to package holidays with the brood, there are always ways to increase your chances of a stress-free sojourn.
- While DIY holidays are a fabulous idea for frugal families looking for a bargain break abroad, low cost holiday websites, such as Direct Holidays can take the hassle out of planning your own getaway. With cost effective package holidays to a huge number of worldwide destinations, you can travel with your tots safe in the knowledge that your break is ATOL insured and experts have compiled your travel itinerary.
- Depending on your airline and the age of your children, most youngsters – other than babes in arms – will be given their own luggage allowance. It is near impossible to travel light with small children, and so learning to become a savvy holiday style packer for yourself is usually the key.
- Pack all your essentials as early as possible to avoid a stressful last minute run around the house. Toiletries, nappies, and clothing basics can be packed well in advance, leaving just last minute items to pop into your luggage.
- Be sure to select a sun lotion that protects against UVA and UVB rays. High factor creams and sunblock are advised for tots and toddlers, in conjunction with indoor activities during the midday heats, when the sun is at its strongest.
- Full sized bottles of sun cream must be packed in your main luggage; a travel size lotion can be obtained from a chemist once you have passed through security. Food items for babies require taste testing at security, or are also available from post-security cafes and chemists.
- Be aware that your tot can be often capricious, always demanding something, so make sure you take to a trip all necessary things he or she got used to while being at home: toys, bottles with child nutrition and diapers. You can never know what “emergency case” might happen to you and your child while being in the road.
- Be positive and cheering, but at the same time get prepared and try to foresee any problems that may arise.
Once armed with these top tips your holiday should become a complete relaxation sensation.
Catherine Lavinia is working as a freelancer in advertising and marketing. She loves to travel with friends and take pictures (places, people, nature). Some of her favourite books are "Wuthering Heights" (Emily Bronte), "Vanity Fair"(William Thackeray), "Utopia" (Thomas More).