This is our first family holiday as a four person family. We are flying north, then driving around for a few days. When you have children that need to be held you can't take too much luggage (and with a pram as well it can all get a bit bulky rather quickly). We are taking one large suitcase and a stroller (as we have a behemouth pram). I'm using packing cells for the first time (look on the Kathmandu website), a tip I picked up from Lovely Wee Days. I used to think this kind of thing was just a wee bit over the top - but having children I see their benefit - one cell each for the children, one for nappies and their paraphenalia. Smaller ones for medications, hairbrushes and hair ties and bibs. Everything stays neatly together. We always take a waterproof dirty clothes bag as well.
With children making sure their basic needs are met makes the holiday a lot more fun. This means a lot of snacks - children don't go long without food. We look forward to stopping for meals along the way, but will need to fuel up. I saw these 'butterfly snacks' on another site about a month ago - but then my husband emptied our internet cache and I couldn't get back to it; unfortunatly I cannot credit them for this. These are tiny snaplock bags with rubber bands around them - If I felt like it I'm sure I could decorate them further. I think coloured popcorn (or popcorn with a tiny bit of food-grade glitter) would look really cool. The best thing is that the bags are reusable so it is a pretty easy trick to re-do a few times.
Two days of bibs - eight! The Poppet is still not a very tidy eater. She is very determined to feed herself at the moment, and it can result in full clothing changes a couple of times a day!
No more hotel rooms for us anymore - it is motels and serviced apartments all the way. Serviced apartments have the bonus of laundry facilities - essential with children. I save all the samples of detergent that I come across for travel. These are great and look a lot less suspicious than travelling with a container of powder! Another trick that I have used with wool wash (don't seem to get samples of this) is to impregnate a muslin with wool wash and place in a snaplock bag - can't spill.
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