If you are considering a family holiday in the south of France, but are hesitant because of travelling with young children, worry no more. Here are a few useful tips on travelling with children:
1. Take your time
Children like to explore, so plan for extra time whether you are travelling by plane or car. If you are travelling by plane, make sure to arrive at the airport with plenty of time to spare so you aren’t stressed out by time constraints and your little one not cooperating. If you are travelling by car, make sure to make lots of stops so your children can stretch their legs, explore, and spend some energy.
2. Book ahead
Once you have children, your days of spontaneous travel and figuring out where you will sleep once you get there are behind you. Booking your accommodations ahead of time takes away the stress of looking for a place to stay while your littles ones have a meltdown because they are tired and hungry. It also allows you to choose a place to stay which will most suit your family’s needs (this house is perfect for a family vacation for instance).
3. Pack an “entertainment bag”
The easiest way to keep children happy is to keep them entertained. To this effect, pack a bag full of whatever your child enjoys. This can be colouring books, stickers, word searches, activity books, etc. Technology is a God-send when it comes to entertaining children on holiday. These days, most planes have in-house movies and TV channels to watch, which keeps many children entertained for hours at a time. However, if you are driving to your holiday destination in or around Port Grimaud, downloading cartoons, movies, and kid-friendly apps onto an iPad or other device is an extremely easy and simple way to keep your children entertained.
4. Involve them in the planning
This is especially true for older children. Asking them what they would like to do and see while on holiday makes them feel valued and more likely to enjoy the trip. Knowing that they will be seeing and doing things that interest them will also make them look forward to the trip.
If you want to know what to do with your young ones in Port Grimaud, be sure to read this article.
5. Let them pack their own bag
Again, this is especially true for older children. Allowing them to pack their own bag makes them feel that you trust them and in control of themselves. However, we recommend that you go through what your younger children have packed to make sure that everything they selected is, in fact, useful to the trip.
6. Remember: you know your children best
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind is that no one knows your child better than you do. No amount of tips or advice can replace your instincts when it comes to travelling with your children. You know what kind of entertainment will keep them happy. You know how long they can stay focused on one thing, and how to calm them down when they need it. Do whatever works best for your family, and enjoy a wonderful trip.