Over the years we have done a lot of travelling with my son: Thailand at 10 months was the first big holiday we attempted and many thought we were mad. Since then H has been to Germany, Austria, Italy, France, the Caribbean, Florida as well as many parts of the UK with us. We have developed lots of ideas to help us cope over the years, some of which still work now he’s older and others we’ve had to adapt. Here are my tips:
- When H was smaller he had a short attention span and wanted something new to do all the time, so I developed the train bag. We used it on planes too. It was full of lots of things to do and play with, but they were all small and light so I could get loads in the one bag.
- Electronics – a portable DVD player was our friend in the car for a long time (and still is sometimes). We also use tablets now as they give more flexibility.
- Food and drink – small children need these at regular intervals and not always when the airline chooses to provide them.
- Health – here are some great health tips, but my personal suggestion would be to carry a sachet or two of calpol (best kept in a little sealable plastic bag to avoid leaks).
- Comfort – think about how you will help your child to rest on a long flight or similar. They might like a favourite toy to snuggle up to for reassurance. Bear in mind that planes can be a bit chilly sometimes with the air conditioning so make sure you have an extra layer or something that will do as a blanket. A pashmina is quite good as it is warm and light to carry and if you can use it as a cover up at your holiday destination too, so much the better.