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Right, summer’s here, and the little ones are bouncing off the walls with excitement (and maybe a hint of boredom). So, it must be time for a holiday! But the idea of navigating airports or endless car journeys with the little ones can leave even the most seasoned traveller feeling a bit frazzled. Don’t worry though! With a little planning and these top tips for summer travel with children, your summer adventures will be filled with more smiles than meltdowns.

1. Get the little darlings involved!

Let your mini-me’s help pick the destination. Whether it’s a beach bonanza or a city adventure, having a say will make them feel excited and invested. You can even get them involved in researching things to do – bonus points for practising those reading skills!

2. Pack light, travel happy.

We all know the struggle of lugging around a suitcase the size of a small car. Pack versatile clothes that mix and match, and don’t forget layers for unpredictable weather. Remember, most places have washing machines, so a few essentials will do.

3. Be a travel ninja.

Pack a “busy bag” for the journey with activity books, travel games, and small toys. New things are always exciting, so pop a few bits and bobs in especially for the trip. For older kids, tablets loaded with downloaded movies or audiobooks can be a lifesaver. There are also great educational and fun apps that you can download for them like Parlini Land. This is a great app where kids will also learn different languages. Don’t forget the snack stash! Pack plenty of healthy and mess-free options like chopped fruit, veggie sticks with hummus, popcorn, and cereal bars. Throw in a few treats for good measure (because happy tummies equal happy travels!).

4. Embrace the pitstop.

Long journeys were made for picnics and bathroom breaks! Plan regular stops to stretch little legs, burn off energy, and avoid “are we there yet?” every five minutes. And guess what, the Flush Toilet Finder app can help you find the closest public restroom next to you. Pack a cool bag with drinks and snacks to keep everyone happy.

5. Accommodation that caters to kids.

Look for places with kid’s clubs, pools, or playgrounds. These built-in activities are a godsend for letting off steam and giving you a well-earned moment of peace. Even a hotel room with a balcony can become a mini-adventure with a bit of imagination.

6. Be flexible.

Things rarely go exactly to plan with little ones in tow. Embrace the unexpected, roll with the punches, and remember – it’s all part of the adventure! Sometimes the best holiday memories are made from those unplanned moments.

7. Tech time truce.

Holidays are a chance to make memories, not memories on a screen. Set limits on electronic devices and encourage outdoor play and exploration. Board games, frisbees, and a good old-fashioned game of I Spy can work wonders.

8. Relax and recharge.

You’re on holiday too! Don’t try to cram in too much. Schedule some downtime for chilling by the pool, reading a book, or simply gazing at the scenery. You most certainly deserve to chill too.

9. Capture the memories.

Snap those photos, write a travel journal together, or collect souvenirs. These little keepsakes will bring back all the smiles and laughter long after the tantrums (hopefully!) are forgotten.

10. Do your destination research!

Before you even set foot on the plane (or in the car), have a good idea of what to expect when you arrive. Is it likely to be hot and sunny? Will you need adapters for your electronics? What’s the local currency and tipping etiquette? Knowing these things beforehand will avoid any nasty surprises and make settling in much smoother.

11. Plan your holiday with Booking With Kids

e offer over 100 free family travel guides for you to download and have handy on your phone. The stress is minimal here as we tell you the best options on where to go, where to eat, where to stay and where to sleep among many other great things and insider tips.

12. Most importantly, have fun!

Summer holidays are about making happy memories together. So crank up the cheesy holiday tunes, relax, and enjoy the precious time with your little ones. After all, that’s what makes it all worthwhile.

Now you’re armed with these top tips for summer travel with children, all that’s left to do is pack your bags, grab the sun cream, and get ready for a summer of smiles (and maybe a few meltdowns) with the whole family! Here’s to a fantastic summer holiday!