Family Travel Tips

Family Travel Tips

Following on from Luxury Family Hotel’s research that one in 25 families cut their holidays short due to lack of facilities for children or making kids feel unwelcome, here real parents share their top tips for when you’re travelling with the kids.

Planning a break

Research properly.  Ask friends for recommendations.  Check out Trip Advisor and think worst-case scenario: if it rained for three days, is there enough to keep all the family happy?

Other children are a universal solution to keeping kids happy (toddlers through to teens).  Find a playmate and you’re laughing!

Look at age specific activities and facilities when making your choice.

When going on holiday with young children choose somewhere that provides cots, high chairs etc so you don’t have to take them with you.

Put the kids’ enjoyment first. If they are happy you are happy.

On the road

Let them choose a diary/scrap book to take and fill in during the holiday - they can add drawings, photos, postcards, souvenirs etc too.

If you're going on long car/train journeys make up a checklist of things that the children might see along the way. I usually look up images of road signs, trees, lorries etc and then stick them onto paper or in a scrapbook.

The kids then tick off the things as they see them along the way. It keeps the children focused and occupied for a while. I sometimes do it as a competition to see who can find the most things before we reach our destination.

In the hotel

Gives them something quiet to do before supper and lovely to look at/show grandma when you get back.

Pack of cards always good.

An activity a day keeps the squabbling at bay.

Bring activities for rainy days - and ones they haven't seen before so seem like a special holiday treat. Doesn't have to be expensive - a small bag with new, sharpened coloured pencils, a new pad of paper, stickers, sticker books, a comic.

Make mini "make and do" kits. It's quite fun to ask them to make a "newspaper" about their holiday. I have one I did at the age of nine, which included stories about our car getting stuck in mud and finding a lost child on the beach. (True stories. Action packed holiday!)

Banish boredom by ensuring you take activities with you for meal times to keep them occupied.

On the beach

Pick somewhere that’s walking distance to a beach. Arm them with a spade and the world’s their imagination.

p20 sun cream - only have to apply once a day (if you're not too fair).

Talcum powder... Just shake some on wet sandy legs when packing up after a day on the beach. No more tears... Sand comes off easily.

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  1. by Bob Hobson 05th Apr 2013 14:08

    Great tips. Here is one more tip I would like to share that goes in a little different direction. We all know that there is extra commotion and distraction when traveling with kids which can lead to leaving things behind. I found this out while traveling to Canada with my son and my laptop got left behind at a cafe. Luckily for me I had a tracer tag on it. A waiter where I ate lunch found it and entered my tracker number on the Okoban website and I was sent a text message (and an email) before I ever even knew it was missing. I was able to recover it before leaving Toronto. I'm not sure what would have happened had I not discovered it until the next day when I was 400 miles away. The tags are available through They saved my trip and I now have them on almost everything that goes with me on a trip.

  2. by [email protected] 18th Apr 2013 11:35

    Bob Hobson your tip is very useful i am applied it thanks dear keep it up...