I am about to do the unthinkable, I am about to push myself to the limits of what humans can bear, I am about to do a long haul plane journey with two kids under 7!!
You can give me a round of applause if you want to.
“Thank you, thank you”
Ok, so this is going to have to be like a military operation and I am leaving NOTHING to chance, because we are going from Coventry to London on a coach, then flying London to Provincials in the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Leaving at 2.30am (I just vomited a bit in my mouth, at the thought of that!)
So I have decided to share my ‘travelling with kids tips!’ and help you to feel brave enough to do some travelling with your little ones. Plan, prepare and plan some more! You must leave nothing to chance, imagine your child at their most annoying and what they might do, you need to be ready for that version of them (and of course hope for the best!) My youngest is a a tornado of a child and super clumsy, so I shall have to bring a first aid kit and some wipes, baby wipes are a staple of any journey, get them packed!
Snacks! Whilst bribing our children with sweets and chocolate can be a tool at times, do think about the types of snacks who on a long journey, try to remember what comes up, must come down. A child packed full of processed sugar will eventually get all hyper, more annoying and then fall asleep OR having a huge tantrum, so picking the right snacks is advisable.
An Ipad/ tablet is a very helpful tool if you have one, get their favourite films, songs and apps stocked up and make sure to bring that charger.
You are going to need to have calm time on the journey too and hopefully (FINGERS CROSSED!) some actual sleep. Mini pillows and blankets are your friend and I also find the Mamababybliss stick a lovely calming influence on my girls and it also helps my travel sickness MamaBabyBliss
Practice your children’s social skill and grab a bag of sweets for your kids to offer out on the plane/bus/train. It gives them something to do, gives you 5 minutes peace as they wander and chat (under your watchful eye) and you may even be breaking someone else journey up for them and entertaining them too. Plus bribing fellow passengers can only be a good thing, right?
Games/ toys. I have been lucky enough to team up with the www.what2buy4kids.co.uk gang and they have kindly sent me a box of ‘survive travelling with kids’ toys (or at least thats what I am calling them!) and the girls were SO excited to receive them…
If all these games don’t keep the kids occupied remember there is always:
Father Christmas is watching (yes, even this early!)
The airport/train station police that watch for naughty kids
AND if your child goes wild, behave horrendously and annoys everyone in a 1 mile radios, remember it’s not for THAT long and the other parents near by understand!
Wish me luck guys and a huge thank you to the What2Buy4Kids team for helping to make this trip easier for us!
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