Destination Europe

Holiday Tips for Parents

Posted on
July 4, 2017

We all know that family travel can be stressful, but a little bit of organisation goes a long way and came take the strain off.

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Travelling with young children isn’t easy, however and have banded together to share their best travel tips, to avoid tantrums, and meltdowns and to help parents relax a bit more on holiday.

Looking at planning a child friendly holiday to helpful tips for making flying with children a breeze. There is also have helpful advice on how to get the most out of your hotel and resort and eating and drinking, as well as vital information about keeping track of your holiday money. Most importantly how to make great lasting memories as a family.

We have a family with tots and teens and our challenge is finding somewhere to go that can cater for them all. My first tip is to include them all in the decision, that way they feel they have had some input and will know what the holiday destination offers for them.
Before You Get There
Book and pay for excursions before you get there as not only will this guarantee you a space on the trip, but it will save you from taking extra spending money over with you too.
Check out the resort online to find out the times of the kids clubs and entertainment, maps, what is included in your stay and where additional facilities are.
Carnival Vista
When it comes to packing I would love to tell you to let the kids get involved, but I find that it can also be a bit of a nightmare and you end up having to unpack the case again, just to see what they have hidden inside. Pack a daily change of clothes in their cases and take any small toys and games in their backpacks for the journey (don’t forget the charging cables and adapter plugs).
Travel Day
Be prepared. Take drinks and snacks for the journey as it is cheaper than buying them when you are on board, with the exception of plane travel as you cannot take liquids through over 100ml. Anti-sickness bands are a great investment, especially if your child suffers with motion sickness and don’t forget their backpacks with some small toys and travel sized games.
Condor Ferry
Whilst You Are There
If your kids are early risers, take advantage and get out and about early. Not only are popular tourist destinations quieter, but they are a lot cooler too.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
Kids clubs can help the kids make friends, offer great activities and entertainment for all ages and give Mum and Dad some much needed time off.
Carnival Vista
Take lots of pictures of the kids having fun and let them take some of you – after all, you were there too.
What are you top family travel tips?

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    July 5, 2017

    There’s some great tips here, I will share this with my friend who has got 2 small girls, she’s always looking for things to do with them !
    jenny x

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    Rachel neal

    July 5, 2017

    Oh my gosh that Skyride looks awesome. We are travelling away soon with young children so will defo bare these tips in mind, thank you.

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    Dean of Little Steps

    July 5, 2017

    These tips are so handy! Wish we’ve done all of them, especially the booking early bit. We kinda know it, but this year, we’ve been rubbish at planning! Still hoping to go somewhere abroad, but haven’t planned anything yet 🙁

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    July 5, 2017

    Wow the Skyride looks amazing! Be prepared and take snacks everywhere would be my top tips 🙂

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    July 5, 2017

    Some fab tips here – I agree kids clubs are a god send if you can stay somewhere where there is one it really helps take the pressure off!

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    Samantha mayers

    July 5, 2017

    Oh wow that skyride looks amazing. Kids clubs are great for both kids and parents arent they. Brilliant tips! ????

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    Elinor Hill aka Beach Hut Cook

    July 6, 2017

    Great tips. Also it’s such a good idea on booking up things beforehand as time always runs out on holidays doesn’t it! Elinor x

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    July 6, 2017

    I find it much better when we plan where we are going and get things booked too. Takes a stress out of days out

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    London Mumma

    July 10, 2017

    Some great family friendly tips here! A must as you said is water, plentybhydration, especially on hot holidays.

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    Newcastle Family Life

    July 10, 2017

    Great tips, we are taking the little two abroad for the first time in spring so these are useful x

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    Holly - Little Pickle's Mom

    July 10, 2017

    These are such good tips – especially being prepared with food on travel days! My Mom always used to pack the loveliest lunches for us when we went on holiday and although I secretly always hoped she’d forget so we’d have an excuse to eat out, it always felt like a treat lunch. Tuna sandwiches and hula hoops! Winner winner.

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    Lisa (mummygummie)

    July 11, 2017

    Some great tips here! We have just returned from our first holiday abroad with children and these definitely all apply!

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