The end of term cometh and it can’t come soon enough for me. Apart from school run fatigue (see yesterday’s post), I’m busy collating all the best travel tips I can as we are off on holiday for 10 days and also have two weekends away to plan for – one at a kids festival and another at a wedding.
Since having kids trips have become a major venture usually in the have-I-got-everything-we-need sense. And usually the answer is no. Over the last few years I have managed to forget everyone’s underwear, nappies and keep-the-kids-busy-on-the-plane items (of which I will never, EVER forget again).
Which is why I am loving Solvej Biddle – creator of the travel brand Content&Calm – top tips for travelling with kids. As a mum of two, Solvej created the TrayKit® an all-in-one kid’s travel carry-on to help make travelling more stress free for parents. The pack is just £24.99 and all you do is pack the traykit full of favourite toys, crayons, paper, snacks, etc. and your child carries it on board. It opens up to reveal a perfect play and wipe clean surface (after appearing on Dragon’s Den in September 2010 the Content&Calm Traykit has been sold at a rate of one every 5 minutes).
Solvej’s Top Tips for stress free travel are:
1) Engage Military Packing Planning Gene
Whilst this might sound obvious, planning and creating a master packing list for your children avoids last minute panic-packing – a strategy that always leaves you feeling you’re carting around a whole load of extra STUFF with at least one crucial item ending up home alone!
2) Always Take Supplies
For older babies & children take a good supply of drinks and snacks with you to avoid your child getting hungry if there’s an unplanned delay (or for distraction if necessary!)
3) Always Have A Bag For Each Child
As soon as your child is old enough to enjoy toys and books, their own backpack or TrayKit® can be a life-saver. If they are young, pack it for them with a mixture of familiar toys, paper, crayons but include some new things to make travelling exciting if you’re on a long trip.
So what are your best mum travelling tips? Let us know.