Top tips for travelling with youngsters
How to keep the boredom at bay when travelling with your family during the holidays
Families and individuals making trips in 2013 can check out National Rail, Heathrow and Gatwick departure boards and any news on the roads, Eurostar and flight paths that may affect journeys during the year.
One common tip, from travel blogging mums to travel magazines and newspapers, is to be well prepared before you go – especially if this is your first time travelling with youngsters.
Preparation is key
This means getting this sorted before you even leave the house. Peace of mind when it comes to your home and contents you’re leaving behind can be attained with a thorough review of your insurance policy.
New families who suddenly find themselves with changing priorities or possessions might be interested to look at policies from Allianz Your Cover (www.yourcoverinsurance.co.uk), which allows a basic home and contents insurance package to be tailored by the customer, with their selected add-ons.
These include sports equipment cover, accidental damage and 24 emergency helplines for any unforeseen incidents and lock repair. For families with an active holiday life, or those going skiing and driving who want to keep the house under control, these added assurances can be just the ticket.
The journey itself
Geek mum Sarah Pinault blogs for Wired.com about travelling with young ‘uns for the first time: Her tips include letting go of any ‘no TV rules’ on long flights, plus making use of the technology you have with you to keep the kids entertained and give the parents some necessary time off.
If you are flying, one major tip is to be aware of your routines changing for the new space; regular ‘bed-time’ habits have to go out of the window – running a bath or acting-out story time might not be very welcome on a trans-Atlantic flight.
It’s here that smaller items and distractions can come in handy for the kids – from hands-on picture books and sketchbooks to a personal favourite, the audio book.
Many flights have a kids’ channel, so it’s a great idea to tune in and use this to help your child get to sleep on a long flight. Alternatively, if you’re driving, load up plenty on the iPod or on CDs, and play as you’re driving to encourage the kids to sleep.
Added tips – and supplies
And what about your holiday survival bag? A bunch of baby wipes and hand sanitiser is always a must for travelling with kids, plus plasters and travel sickness medication – Sturgeron is the usual brand. It can taste a bit sour, so you can disguise it by crushing it up in jam or something else sweet and appetising.