Packing for a trip with kids is one of the ordeals to be endured before a family holiday. But we’ve picked up some tips over the years to make the process – and the journey – go a bit more easily.
It’s easier to look forward to fun activities with kids on the beach or by the pool if you’ve a little less to think about when you’re organising for the trip.
So have a look at our ideas and see whether they ease the process for you …
Pants, Pants, Pants
If your children are old enough to pack for themselves, they’ll tell you they’ve packed pants. They either a) haven’t, or b) have but it’s one pair. So pack some more.
If they’re too young to pack for themselves, remember to slip a spare pair in their hand luggage in case of accidents. Better safe than sorry!
Roll with the punches
You know those neatly packed cases you see on the hotel bed on TV? A fantasy.
All you want to do is maximise content and reduce ironing at the other end so that you can get on with more pressing matters – your family holiday. So, to save space and time and maximise wearability, try tightly rolling up T-shirts, shorts and trousers. Then shake them out and hang them up to get rid of creases when you get to your hotel or apartment.
The great divide
We live in fear of losing our luggage. But the chances of all of our cases heading off to Marrakech instead of Marbella are remote. So divide each person’s holiday clothes between each of the cases you’re taking.
That means that even if one item suitcase ends up on the wrong side of the Med, at least your little one won’t be wearing your T-shirt and Dad’s spare trunks for the duration of the holiday.
This is one of those tips that has twice the impact. The kiddiewinks will need to be entertained on the long journey to your family holiday destination. So you’ll be looking for fun activities for kids who need to be kept occupied.
Meanwhile, you’ll need some peace to finish the packing. Solution? Send them off to their room to scout out a book, tablet, earphones and toy to keep them amused on the journey. That gives you valuable minutes without hassle to find that blinking sunscreen.
Just remember to check their bag’s contents before you leave to make sure there are no hold-ups at customs.
You’ve got all the clothes packed but what planning have you done for fun activities for kids? Slip in a beach ball for high times on the beach, dig out a pack of cards for winding down on the balcony with a game of snap, grab a colouring book and pencils to encourage the wee ones into the shade by the pool.
And don’t forget the sunscreen – you’ll need a starter bottle, even if you’re worrying about your baggage allowance.
Holidays need treats and surprises. So slip one into your hand luggage. Pack a new toy or book you can give your little one once you’re in the air. Its novelty may buy you a few minutes’ peace to check out the in-flight magazine for cocktail offers!