Tips and tricks to make longdis­tance jour­neys with the fam­ily eas­ier

Tips, ad­vice and a lit­tle fairy dust to get you through your next fam­ily hol­i­day! By the TOM Kid­steam

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AS PAR­ENTS WE NEED TO PLAN ahead when it comes to trav­el­ling with kids. No longer can we make last-minute de­ci­sions, throw ev­ery­thing in a back­pack, and go where the wind takes us. There are the coura­geous among us who still have the fire of ad­ven­ture burn­ing bright and will not only go to the most ex­otic of des­ti­na­tions, but man­age to do so with a tod­dler, min­i­mal lug­gage and a baby strapped snugly in its Baby Bjorn. Yes, we salute you.

For the rest of us mere mor­tals, care­ful plan­ning is im­per­a­tive – from stay­ing in fam­ily-friendly ac­com­mo­da­tion to hav­ing enough en­ter­tain­ment to keep Ju­nior oc­cu­pied dur­ing that long flight or drive. Be­cause, as all trav­el­ling par­ents know, there’s noth­ing quite as fright­en­ing as a child los­ing their cool in an en­closed space 30,000 feet in the air or in a jam on an end­less high­way.

No mat­ter what kind of trip you’re em­bark­ing on, the key word is ‘prepa­ra­tion’ – that, nerves of steel and the abil­ity to sur­vive on min­i­mal sleep and nour­ish­ment. It’s not all doom and gloom of course, once you ar­rive at your des­ti­na­tion, your hol­i­day can truly be­gin. And not to put a damper on things, but hol­i­days with kids, es­pe­cially lit­tle ones, can be equal parts hi­lar­i­ous, eye- open­ing and down­right ex­haust­ing. But let’s leave that for an­other ar­ti­cle.

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