Travelling with Small Children Made Simple

For small children, early holiday experiences are more than a few days off school or a chance to see somewhere new. They’re the times they’ll look back on for years to come – opportunities for the entire family to bond and create special memories together.

But making your family trip the best it can be isn’t always easy. If you’re a parent, you’ll know that you can expertly manage your little ones’ lives at home – but it all goes out of the window when you’re in a new environment.

That’s why we’re always excited when we find little products, gadgets and gizmos that can make travelling with small children less stressful. We’ve gathered a few of our favourites that we think you’ll love.

Carry everything with ease

Every parent knows the power of a decently-sized bag when you’re out and about. But don’t forget your kids can carry some bits and bobs themselves, lightening your load.

Our advice is to pick a design that’s fun and funky enough for children to get excited about – something they’ll want to carry themselves (at least some of the time!).

We’re big fans of the cute toddler daysacks by LittleLife, with designs like the Dinosaur, Ladybird, Crocodile, Butterfly, Clownfish, Bee, and Seahorse. They even come with a removable safety rein, perfect for keeping kids safe in busy or unfamiliar places.

The LittleLife range also includes SwimPaks – ideal for visits to swimming pools or the beach. They have room for towels, goggles, and other swimming essentials, with child-safe buckles and splash-resistant fabric.

Stay safe in the sun and the sea

If you’re headed somewhere hot, even the strongest sun cream doesn’t always cut it. We’d recommend trying a complete sun-safe suit – specially-designed outfits that often come with a 40+ UPF and complete coverage against those harmful UV rays.

Again, characters seem to go a long way in convincing younger children to get excited about sun safety. Thankfully, a lot of the big brands are available, from Paw Patrol to Peppa Pig.

For swimming or paddling, armbands are a sensible idea and a funky pair of goggles keep irritating sea and swimming pool water out of children’s eyes.

Make plans for crowded places

Finally, it’s a good idea to plan for every eventuality. Busy streets and beaches can be disorienting even for us grown-ups so, if your children are ready, it can be a great idea to teach some basics for what to do if they get lost or separated from you at any time.

For young children, the best meeting point is probably next to a bold, colourful landmark – ice cream stands and toy shops work particularly well. It can also be a good idea to consider things like personalised ID bracelets, with your contact details and hotel information.

 

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