There are tens of tips for travelling with tots; finding low cost holiday deals in advance, purchasing through discounted holiday websites such as Direct Holidays, being suitcase savvy and pre-packing all that you can. However, when it comes to the journey, the ‘know how’ lies in making the very best of your cabin luggage allowance so that the sprogs are sorted and you can relax and look forward to your break:
1. Comic Books and Magazines
With a little bit of everything inside, stories, colouring pages, puzzles and stickers, comic books and children’s magazines are a varied, lightweight and disposable form of entertainment for journeys of any length.
2. Travel Games
Available from all leading toy stores, miniature, sometimes magnetic, versions of family favourite games are a great way to pass time on a flight. Connect 4, Yahtzee and Hungry Hippos are just three of the journey-adapted games available.
3. Sticker Books
Usborne are the ‘go to guys’ for sticker books, with a set to suit every little person’s preferences in their range, from princesses and knights to aptly themed seaside and holiday sticker books.
4. Pen and Paper
Noughts and Crosses, Squares, Hangman… story writing, drawing, origami… the possibilities that are available to youngsters when they have a pen and paper in tow are endless and equal hours of fun.
5. Games Consoles
We all know it works – time passes by ever so quickly when you are engrossed in a computer game. Portable devices such as tablets, the Nintendo DS range, and PS Vista are ideal for flights.
Other activity suggestions: books, craft sets, portable DVD players and music players, colouring books.
Getting things right for family getaways isn’t just about bagging the best holiday deals. Be a brood break pro with a cabin bag packed to the brim with brilliant activities for youngsters of all ages.