Travel with children peacefully this holiday season

As anyone would know, travelling over the busy holiday season can be stressful – travel with children, well, that’s a whole new kind of stress! There’s the packing of the bag, nappy bag, toiletry bag, toy bag, medicine bag, handbag, and travel documents bag. With all of that, plus kids who are bored/curious/overwhelmed; you have your hands full – literally.

Never fear, we have some tips that will help you prepare for the long haul, and hopefully add some peace to your travels.

PACKING THE BAGS

Create a packing list a week before your trip, and keep it handy so that you can add to it as you think of things. It’s tempting to overpack with extra outfits as you envision the spills and marks but good measure is one outfit to wear, plus 1 extra.

Keep toiletries to a minimum – all-­‐in-­‐one products are a must. Tape them up or put them in zip-­‐lock bags in case of spills. And don’t forget an empty shopping bag to use for dirty clothes because we know just how dirty ‘dirty’ can be!

A good idea when packing is to know what you’ll need when. Your suitcase should be for non-­‐immediate items, like clothes, toiletries – even bulky toys. A nappy bag keeps everything else at hand, including the blankie and a mobile device loaded with your child’s favourite apps.

KEEP BUGS AWAY

Maybe it’s Murphy, but kids seem to get sick while on holiday. You can take precautionary measures by using disinfectant wipes on mouths, hands and toys. Should your little one catch something despite your efforts, keep over-­‐the-­‐counter medicine with you to ease the aches and pains and then head to the doctor.