15 January 2016
Summer Survival Series: Travelling with kids
Travelling is something that you either love or hate. Yes, we all love the destination; the beaches, the snow-capped mountains, the time to relax. But the love / hate relationship comes into play when you speak to people about the actual travel from A to B; the airport waits, the flight, the late trains, the cranky taxi drivers, the missed sleep. I was someone who love everything to do with travelling – everything. Now it is harder, as I have two little people (three including my husband), but I still make sure we TRY to enjoy each part, (as much as we can anyway).
These days we are just more relaxed about timing – no pressure. Before the Bear and the Bunny it was “we are leaving at 5.30am and will not stop and we will see you at 10am”. Now the conversation the day before includes “Not sure how they will sleep. Will leave when we can, will try to only stop twice, and will give you a call when we are getting close.”
Packing with two kids brings a whole new meaning to the word organisation. I rarely forget anything for the kids but it’s the question of where did I put it… which bag is it in? A great idea is a Peek-a-Boo bag with a clear vinyl window at the front that allows you to see exactly what’s in it. No more reaching into the back seat, desperately trying to find that favourite toy or snack bar. Keep all of your little one’s essentials in once place so in times of desperation during the trip you know what to grab.
Peek-a-boo bag from Wendy-J Quilts
Sometimes we are lucky enough that the Bunny and the Bear sleep for the majority of the trip. But as they are getting older those long sleeps are becoming few and far between. They now want or need to be entertained and be the center of attention, which makes for a sore neck if you are in the front passenger seat. I-Spy bags are something that I don’t yet have, but so many Mum friends have highly recommended them. They’re basically a bag filled with little treasures to find via lots of shaking and poking.
I-spy bag from Lolli Poppits
I have never been able to do anything in a moving vehicle, unless it’s driving or sleeping. My brother has no issue, so I obviously got Mum’s travel sickness gene – thanks Mum. Many people, including kids, don’t have my issue and can read for hours or write in a diary without feeling violently ill. If your little people are lucky then another idea to keep their hands busy and the minds off “are we there yet” chatter is a creative travel wallet. It includes a notebook and space to hold crayons, pencils or texters.
Creative wallet by Ditto Crafts
I know one thing about travel; I always want to do it. I want my family to be part of every adventure. Travelling with kids is a totally different ball game compared to when I was single. But it’s just different; not better, not worse, just different.
Meredith (a.k.a. “Honest Dave”)
Creative coach, pixel perfectionist and handmade obsessed.
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