WARNING // Do not be reading this post expecting amazing ideas and hints about travelling with children.
Instead you will probably get a sense of urgency and panic in my ramblings. Sorry.
I am not a natural traveller, I am a natural born worrier. Which makes things like planning for a week abroad with two young children a little bit more emotional than probably is needed. It been lots lists, texts, worry, tears (yes I will admit it) and feeling overwhelmed. But as flight day approaches and ticks are being put on my list, bags are being zipped and plans are in motion - I still feel sick at the thought of what could go wrong, but also feel a little calmer knowing I have tried my best.
Here are the steps I carried out prior to travelling - just in case it helps anyone.
1// Sending off the passport applications early!! The kids ones came back super quick but I made sure we got these done with plenty of time - meant less worrying that they wouldn't turn up.
2// I scanned copies of passports and drivers licences. Emailed copies to my mum and printed off copies to keep. Just in case anything happens, this way we have the passport number still recorded/
3// Printed off and emailed copies of documents like travel insurance or car hire. Easier than trying to find the information on my phone if needed while we are out there.
4// We have opted for hand luggage one roll on cases and one back pack - the plan being that the back pack will be used during the day on holiday for carting about all the stuff kids require when out for the day.
5// Its only a short flight, so i have made sure our hand luggage has snacks to keep the boys entertained!!
6// I've downloaded onto our kindle a selection of programmes via the Iplayer app and the Amazon prime app. Your able to download some programmes to the tablet to be able to view offline. This again should help keep little ones entertained.
7// I've made sure to pack a lightweight blanket in hand luggage just in case little ones get chilly. Sure were we are travelling to is warmer then here - but that does not stop little ones feeling the cold at times.
8// Pack a pashmina!! For the same reasons above, but I always try and carry one with me - makes a perfect blanket, coverall, extra layer, sunshade etc.etc.
9// I've tried to pack light - sticking to block colours for tops means able to mix and match with either denim shorts, maxi skirt, patterned trousers. Also wear layers for the flight.
10// try and stay calmer than me.
Listing out all the measures I have made in the run up to our holiday does make me feel a little better.
just a little.
Happy Holidaying People.