Travelling with kids or babies to the UK needs a lot of thought. Planning ahead can take the stress out of travelling and make your vacation to the UK even more enjoyable. To help get the most out of your holiday, here are the top ten tips for mom and dad.
1. Book ahead
Visiting the UK without an itinerary can be stressful, something you don’t want on your trip. Always try to book flights, accommodation, places to visit with the children and the hire of a chauffeur car in advance. Check your family’s passports too. Make sure they are still valid months ahead of your vacation. If you’re not too sure about the UK’s holiday visa requirements, take a look at the UK Government guidelines.
Try to cut down on your kid’s clothes by packing versatile staples so that you can mix and match outfits. Don’t over-pack, excess baggage charges in the UK can be quite expensive. Make sure the clothes you take for your little ones are easy to wash and don’t need ironing.
3. Take medicines
You’ll want to avoid the children being ill on holiday so pack any medication the kids might need. Don’t forget those extras like antiseptic wipes, plasters and stomach bug medicine. One bug can ruin your vacation. Be well prepared.
4. Child locators
For peace of mind, why not buy a child locator? They can be strapped onto a belt or any other item of your kid’s clothing while you have the transmitter. If your child strays too far, you’ll be able to sound an alarm to locate them.
5. Allow plenty of time
When going on holiday, children get excited which can mean many toilet stops. Allow plenty of time for travelling to and from the airport, at least an extra hour to be on the safe side.
Flying with little ones can be stressful so keep it simple. Pack a rucksack with lots of wipes, drinks and snacks. Fill your bag with toys or games to keep them entertained and maybe a portable DVD player in case the aircraft doesn’t have one.
7. Book a chauffeur airport pickup
Travelling with kids requires well prepared. To save hassle at the airport, hire a chauffeur car to pick you and your family up. The airport chauffeur should be booked at least 48 hours in advance. For child safety reasons, ask for a children’s car seat and remember to let the company know your child’s age and size. If you’ve got more than two suitcases, hire a bigger car; a Mercedes V Class would be perfect.
8. What to avoid
The UK sells lots of confectionery which kids love. Raising your children’s blood sugar levels too much with candy could be a problem, something to avoid. Instead, there’s a great choice of healthy, savoury snacks and fruit to keep kids happy.
9. Trying different snacks
Part of the holiday fun is trying different food. The United Kingdom caters for all tastes. Mom and dad can enjoy traditional fish and chips, bangers and mash or a Sunday roast. If you’re visiting the coast, let the kids try seaside snacks like candy floss, ice cream or hot dogs.
10. What to do with kids
There are lots of top attractions for families. From theme parks and family-friendly cultural attractions to parks and zoos, the UK has it all. Take them to a safari park, an adventure playground, outdoor activity centres or how about a 3D cinema? See more things to do in London here