It’s easy to want to fit as many activities in as possible, but try to only schedule one big activity per day. The last thing you will want is tired, worn out kids acting up out of exhaustion.
Also, by not filling every minute, you can leave room for exploring little playgrounds, parks and other activities spontaneously.
Pack Like a Pro
You can never be too prepared when heading on vacation as a larger family. If you travel regularly, make a master list of your packing essentials, from favourite teddies to chargers and medication. Keep your list someplace safe so that you can pull it out for each trip and be super organised!
I like to pack everyone’s swimwear, PJs and underwear together – it saves vigorous rooting when it’s time to hit the pool, or get everyone ready for bed for that matter.
Make a List – and Check it Twice
Dedicate a list to each member of the family to make packing bags easier – and remember you can never have too many nappies, bibs or underwear for younger children.
I usually pack the kids’ clothes in one large suitcase, while myself and my partner share another large bag. Each child then has their own backpack with travel entertainment and spare clothes.
Expect the Unexpected
Things happen and plans change, so be prepared. Pack extra clothes, bring Calpol and always have a Plan B in case the heavens open up and your day’s activity needs to be revised.
Stock Up On Snacks
Regardless of where you are travelling to, bring plenty of snacks to save your sanity when the kids become peckish. If travelling by plane, make little snack packs with non-perishable foods that they can nibble on throughout the flight. The cost of snack items and drinks is significant when buying multiples of everything, so a little advance prep can really make a difference.
My top tip for travelling as a larger family is to bring plenty of entertainment! Whether you are hitting the road in the car or flying high in the sky, the journey will feel never-ending if the children don’t have some form of entertainment to occupy them.
Our favourites are:
- a pack of cards (you can teach them some great card games in advance)
- some movies or programmes downloaded on Netflix or other streaming service
- activity packs like colouring pages and word searches
- toddler busy books
- books, audio books and podcasts for kids
- lots of paper and pens for games and drawing
A great tip is to keep some items back and don’t give all the entertainment options in one go. That way there will always be something ‘new’ to keep little ones amused.