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    Default Travel with kids tips

    We've just gone on a 3 week holiday with DD 11months. We have learnt some get tips for next travel. What are your tips?

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    - vacuum pack some nappies
    - wheels on main luggage and back packs for rest ( so you're hands free)
    - accommodation with laundry

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    -Always have snacks and baby wipes handy.
    -Take a change of clothes for yourself and the kids in your carry on luggage for the plane (just incase of any accidents).
    -We recently did a driving holiday in NZ and I was so glad I grabbed a couple of kids CDs at the past minute and threw them in my bag, as playing some wiggles was a great distraction for my 2 boys on a few of our longer drives.
    -wrapped up a few little toys and books for my 2.5 to open during our plane trip...unwrapping kept him occupied for a while and then the new toy for even longer
    -try and book accommodation with a laundry or laundry access, that way you don't have to pack as many clothes

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    For driving- use stops wisely. Stop only when a) someone needs to use the bathroom, or b) when the kids have had enough/driving you insane. Get in as much driving as you can while they're sleeping.

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    We make sure the car is packed the night before then get up and hit the road at 5 still in pjs (the kids not the adults). First stop is at about 8 for breakfast.

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    We do a fair bit of long(ish) distance travel with the kids. Our planning starts weeks in advance lol:

    - write a list of everything you need to take for each person. I write exactly what clothes I will need to pack.
    - write a list the night before of last minute things (phone charger, hair brush, tooth brush, wallet etc), that way nothing gets over looked last minute.
    - pack the car the night before
    - pack lots of snacks for the drive. This helps boredom AND saves money buying food from servos and take away places.
    - if the kids are happy or sleeping, don't stop unless absolutely necessary!
    - plan your stops. It helps break the trip up.




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    We did a 3 week driving holiday and we took a car fridge and every couple of days at wherever we stopped we would go shopping to restock which also helped the kids stretch their legs without being cooped up in a motel, it also helped cut back costs because we were able to make our own breakfast and I would make sandwiches the night before for lunch the next day and we made sure each accommodation we booked either had a kitchenette or BBQ so we could make our own dinner and also we did our laundry each night so we weren't carrying dirty clothes. We bought the kids little organiser things that hung from the back of the front seat and filled each of with books and DVDs for their little players and toys and things and before we left home I worked out exactly how many days we would be in the car and did little individual bags of snacks like dried fruit, biscuits and things to also go in their organisers each day. As a pp said lists are your best friend, I always make a packing list and a last minute list and I also do up a multi check list so I can check of everything that gets re packed at each stop to make sure nothing gets forgotten.


 

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