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My Top Tips For Travelling With A Toddler In Tow

My Sister is currently getting organised for her family holiday in a couple of weeks. She recently asked me if I had any tips for travelling with a toddler as the last time they went away my niece was still a small babe in arms. This got me thinking about what did and didn’t work for us on our previous holidays with Bella in tow. So I thought I’d share a few of my top tips!

  • Before you book, shop around for your accommodation to find what suits your families needs best. We have always stuck to all inclusive holidays but have recently been looking into family friendly cruises. I’ve also been considering renting a villa a bit closer to home next year too. I think it may be easier with two kids in tow to have more space and our own pool. Tots To Travel have some gorgeous properties in France that I absolutely love the look of and I think will be perfect for our first family holiday as a four next year.
  • If it’s your little one’s first experience with flying then try your best to explain to them what to expect. I imagine an airport and an aeroplane can be pretty overwhelming for a toddler. So it’s best to prepare them as much as possible beforehand! Before Bella’s first holiday to Ibiza we chatted about it a lot in the weeks leading up to it. I also bought a couple of books about holidays for us to read together too.
  • Pack a flight bag which is specifically for your child. For both our holidays abroad we have used Bella’s Trunki for her hand luggage. Inside this I will pop things like spare clothes but I also pop a smaller flight bag inside the Trunki too. This means that the Trunki can go in the overhead lockers but it’s still accessible should you need it and I can just keep the smaller bag with us. In the flight bag I pack things like books, some small toys, snacks, wipes, the iPad and some kiddy headphones too.
  • Book a private transfer. In my opinion it’s worth every penny! We did this when we went to Ibiza and it avoided all the waiting about at the airport and the long coach journey. It also meant we got to the hotel before everyone else so checking it was much quicker too!
  • Take a stroller. We made a huge mistake last year and didn’t take one on our holiday to Greece. I spent most of the week lugging a two year old around in the scorching heat. Not ideal. So always take one! Even if you don’t use it much, at least you have the option.
  • Book your child into some kids club sessions (if there is one!). Now I know everyone has very mixed opinions on using kids clubs on holiday. But let’s face it, travelling with little ones can be pretty stresssful. I personally think that kids clubs are bloody awesome and having just two hours a day child free was absolute bliss. Bella also had a blast at the sessions too!

What other tips would you add to this list?

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Harriet XO

*This is a collaborative post. Although, all tips are of course my own*

14 Comments

  1. Emily and Indiana

    May 5, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    It’s all about the snacks when travelling with little ones, they solve all problems haha! Cannot wait to try the kids clubs this year xx

    1. Harriet

      May 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Definitely all about the snacks! xo

  2. Rebecca | AAUBlog

    May 9, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    totally agree with packing a bag for them on the flight – I hardly take anything for myself now as there isn’t much chance I’m going to be bale to sit and read on the plane haha x

    1. Harriet

      May 18, 2017 at 9:04 am

      Well exactly! I just accept that the flight is going to be spent entertaining someone else haha! xo

  3. Sarah Cantwell

    May 10, 2017 at 4:31 am

    This are some great tips! I definitely agree with the private transfer tip. There is nothing worse than coming off your flight and having to wait another couple of hours for the coach to even leave the airport.

    1. Harriet

      May 18, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Totally! It’s such a pain isn’t it! xo

  4. The London Mum

    May 10, 2017 at 10:13 am

    Fab tips! I’ve looked at Tots To Travel myself because I like the convinience and ease it seems to provide!

    1. Harriet

      May 18, 2017 at 9:03 am

      Yes I definitely think I will be using them to book in the future xo

  5. Ickle Pickle

    May 10, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Great tips – I have travelled with children for about twenty years and sometimes it all goes super smoothly – sometimes it doesn’t! Kaz x

    1. Harriet

      May 18, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Definitely! Kids are so unpredictable too!

  6. Sonia Cave

    May 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm

    Great tips…..take a ton of snacks that they like, and make sure the grown ups get to chill out too!

    1. Harriet

      May 18, 2017 at 9:02 am

      Yes definitely! it’s ALL about the snacks! xo

  7. Janine Dolan

    May 16, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Great tips. We did all the above when we went to Spain last summer. Well apart from the kids club.

    1. Harriet

      May 18, 2017 at 8:59 am

      Thanks Janine x

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