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Travelling With Kids – My Top Tips
It’s coming up to holiday season; when your social media feed is full of shots of legs around the pool but if you are on holiday with toddlers (three of them in my case) you won’t get a chance to sit down for 5 minutes to take a photo of your legs. So here are my top tips for travelling with young children.
Spoiler alert – it’s not for the faint-hearted.
- Try to get plenty of gym sessions in before you go, not so you look good, just because you’ll need the stamina.
- If you have the great idea of sticking a single pushchair under a double pushchair you’ll soon realise you don’t fit on the bus that takes you to the airport terminal and have to walk. The requirement for stamina starts before you’ve even left the UK.
- Don’t get the kids any toddler sized paw patrol suitcases, you’ll either have to carry them yourself or the kids will insist on pulling them. Time has never stood still until you’ve watched a toddler pull a suitcase up airplane steps.
- You will get stared at. A lot. And people will say – you’re brave. Yes – very brave, or very stupid.
- Take as much food as you possibly can, when you think “three toddlers can’t possibly eat all this”. Ignore yourself and pack more. All the rice cakes you can carry.
- Pack lots of toys then kick yourself for what you’ve packed when 24 crayons are rolling around the cabin floor and loads of other kids are flocking round to look at your PJ masks toys; move along now please, we’ve got enough kids in this row.
- Get the rice cakes out instead.
- Before children, the fear on the transfer bus was always about what your hotel would be like. This time the fear is oh god all 3 kids are asleep in our arms and we’ve got 2 pushchairs, 3 suitcases and 2 paw patrol suitcases to get off while the whole bus watches us.
- Try and book a hotel that provides a towel change service because approximately 5 times a day someone will go and sit in the pushchair soaking wet. So you’ll have to line your pushchair with towels. Also, your towels will be weed on several times and most likely someone will be sick.
- Disposable bibs. Cost more than gold or diamonds and no one will wear them but you’ll feel like a parenting pro.
- Always put your brakes on the pushchair when at the swimming pool. I’m not saying we were daft enough not to and a strong gust of wind blew the pushchair into the swimming pool. I just heard it could happen, see above re. the towels.
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