From pre-booking and packing, to exploring your destination, these practical tips can help make travelling with kids a breeze.
1. Pack the Essentials – Not the Whole House
2. Preparation is Key When Flying with Kids & Toddlers
- Request a child meal when booking flights
- Consider a night flight – matching your kid’s natural sleep pattern to the fight time will mean that they are more likely to sleep during the flight. Or if you are flying between time zones then try to get your kids sleep cycle in line with time zone at the destination to help avoid jet lag
- If your child is the right age, try reserving an infant bassinet for your flight
- Get your child to sip or chew during take-off and landing to help reduce the pressure in their ears
- Try to keep them busy in the air – whether it’s in-flight entertainment or a new toy, activity sheets or book, the busying they are, the less likely they will get bored and frustrated
- When the seatbelt sign is off, try to take your toddler for a walk down the aisle or to the bathroom to help stretch their legs – and yours.
- Pack all the essentials in your carry-on bag – from medicine, baby wipes, nappies, snacks, their comforters, water / milk bottles and entertainment, make sure all the essentials are within easy reach.
3. Get Your Child Excited About the Holiday
4. Take It Slow & Leave Plenty of Time
5. Pre-Book as Much as You Can
- Private and public transport (including airport transfers)
- Sightseeing tours
- Private guides
- Tickets for attractions such as museums and theme parks
6. Ask for Child/Concession Discounts
- Public transport
- Private guides
- Attraction entrance fees such as National Parks
- Restaurants (some have ‘Kids Eat Free’ promotions)
7. Choose Kid-Friendly Accommodation
- Stay more than one night – hotels tend to offer better rates the longer you stay
- Check for family deals – find out whether there are any kids discounts such as discounted rate, free meals for kids etc.
- Check for a pool and Kids Club – hotels pools are a great way to keep the kids entertained all holiday, and a Kids Club is great for the older kids
- Make sure the hotel has a lift – carrying all your luggage including stroller and car seats up flights of stairs every day is far from ideal
- Enrol in a loyalty program - Many hotel chains such as Accor offer loyalty programs with incentives like welcome drinks and early check-in.
- Dining options – eating in the hotel is a great option when you’ve had a busy day out exploring. It’s worth checking if your hotel has dining facilities and whether they offer a kids’ menu
- TV Channels - family-oriented cable stations, like Disney & Nickelodeon, are great during holiday downtime
- Bathtub – if you’re kids aren’t yet old enough to shower, then a bathtub is essential
- Laundry facilities – hotel or in-room laundry facilities mean you won’t need to pack your child’s whole wardrobe. Check whether they supply laundry powder or whether you’ll need to pack a small amount or buy on arrival.