Taking young kids on their first holiday is a magical thing; from getting on a plane to touching down in a hot country, everything is new. But oh my, is it also a drag. Everything is exciting, which means that if you’re not careful, you’ll end up with hyper, uncontrollable children Tom and Jerry-ing their way around Terminal One. Here are five top tips for packing – and holidaying – with kids:
Little People Get Less Space
Sometimes (okay, always) we’re guilty of putting our kids’ needs before our own, but this one should be a cardinal rule. Kids are literally smaller than we are, so it is not fair that they should enjoy as much wardrobe-space while abroad. Designate a quarter of the ‘adult’ suitcase that they can fill with their items, and if you’re letting them choose, make sure that there are some practical garments in the mix. No one wants to walk down a hot, sticky boulevard in a head-to-toe Cinderella outfit, as much as they insist they do.
Sadly (or maybe not?) this isn’t your honeymoon trip, in which you didn’t even consider unpacking until you were three tequilas down. If you don’t unpack as soon as you get to the hotel, then the kids will think their world has been turned upside down, that rules, have been banished to the closet. Before you know it, mum’s bra will be used as a sling.
Have a Plane Plan
Time feels longer for children. We’re not sure what the science is behind this but trust us on this. If you’re on a three-hour flight, prepare to take at least two colouring books, three picture books (or reading-books), as well as an assortment of toys. They’ll hopefully fall asleep for the duration of the flight anyway, but at least they’ll be happy knowing they had options.
Give Them the Window Seat
And not just because the view will keep them quiet. Not only will they be less likely to annoy fellow travellers if they’re kept away from the aisle, but this is an incredible opportunity for children to see their country from a birds-eye perspective. You might be less likely to catch a nap if you’re sat in the middle-seat, but the first time they see city lights from above is something you won’t want to miss.
Up Your Snack Game
It’s even more important that you pack healthy, nourishing snacks when you’re going away. Children are notoriously fussy eaters, and you can’t rely on the airline to provide to their taste. Soreen Lunchbox Loaves are the perfect travelers snack with no crumbs and individually wrapped plus if they’re feeling a bit scared, hopefully a taste of home will give them some comfort.