Whether you’re heading off a long overseas trip or just holidaying somewhere in Australia, going away with kids can be challenging.
With a little bit of organisation and planning, you can make sure your next holiday is a relaxing and fun one.
Take Things to Do
If you’ll be waiting around at an airport or sitting in a plane or car for hours, don’t expect children to be happy about having to stay still. Take something for them to do so they don’t easily get bored rather than relying on the journey itself to entertain them.
To make sure you attract their full attention, buy some new items or bring along ones they haven’t seen for a while to make it even more exciting.
Try some of these:
- Colouring in and sticker books
- Pens, pencils, crayons
- Puzzle books
- Mess-free glitter activities
- Mess-free water paint
- Small tub of playdough.
Even if the travelling time is short, pack plenty of snacks and food for the kids. Boredom often encourages children to complain about being hungry (even if they aren’t). Bringing food from home will save you money and make sure the kids are eating what you want them to be eating rather than filling up on fast food and sugary snacks.
Consider packing some of these healthy and non-messy snack items:
- Cut up fruit
- Sultanas and other dried fruit
- Yoghurt pouches
- Cheese and crackers
- Homemade biscuits or muffins.
Let Them Move Around
Again, children don’t like to sit still so take every opportunity you can to let them move around. This might mean walking some laps of the airport before you get on the plane, making stops on a road trip so they can play in a playground or run around, or allowing them to take a walk up the aisles of the plane, train or around a boat. Then, when they do need to sit still, they’ll be more inclined to do it.
Take Favourite Items from Home
To make the stay relaxing and comfortable for your child, make sure you pack some comforts from home to help settle them in.
Here are some ideas:
- Bring a favourite toy in the car / plane etc.
- If there’s space in the luggage, bring your child’s pillow from home to make going to sleep a little easier. If you don’t have room for a pillow maybe you could bring along a cosy blanket or even a familiar pillowcase to create a sense of comfort.
- If your child is used to sleeping with a nightlight, bring it along or invest in a travel-sized one you can take with you.
Travelling with children takes a little more effort but it can still be a relaxing time for the whole family if you’re organised. Make sure your children have things to do, plenty of snacks and some comforts from home and you’ll be well on your way to having a wonderful holiday.