Travelling with children - tips from Farm & Cottage Holidays

Top 10 Tips for Travelling With Your Children

Many families are now choosing to stay closer to home for their holiday and with this comes many benefits; the chance to explore a part of the country you might not be familiar with, green credentials and a positive impact on your family finances. Farm & Cottage Holidays offer a superb collection of cottages in the West Country, perfect for a family break, and here are offering some top tips for travelling with children...

One of the area’s that can suffer when travelling with kids, regardless of where your destination might be is the change of routine for your children. Travelling with your family needn’t be hard work and so to ensure you and your family have a happy holiday, we’ve put together our top 10 tips for holidaying with your kids.

  • When travelling, keep all the essentials (nappies, spare clothes, food and drinks) in a separate bag so you don’t have to unpack a suitcase to find something mid-journey.
  • Driving at night can be a good option as kids are likely to sleep. For daytime travel, a new toy offers the ultimate distraction.
  • Allow time for stops e.g. toilet, sickness, hunger and boredom.
  • Pack just what you really need in travel-sized quantities, and it’s also worth finding out what equipment your accommodation might offer to save overloading the car – many of Farm & Cottage Holiday’s range of family friendly cottages, feature useful extras such as cots, highchairs and stair gates.
  • Allow your child to pack a small bag of their own; not only will they feel involved, but having a bag of their carefully chosen, favourite items adds to the excitement and should keep them entertained.
  • In-car entertainment. There’s now a wide range of hand-held devices that can be bought, suitable for car journeys that allow your child to view their favourite films and programmes. Or a classic game of eye-spy can work just as well.
  • Do your homework before you set off on your travels. Read up about the area and find out about suitable activities for your party of travellers. There’s always plenty going on in the South West for all ages - our website is packed with information on destinations, attractions and events. We’re also here to help with any questions you might have about your chosen holiday. 
  • Get children involved and ask them to help you prepare and plan some holiday activities. You could explore some maps or view local attractions online. If you’ve more than one child, give each of them a turn to make choice from the activities list.
  • If you’re planning on walking or cycling whilst on holiday, remember that young children won’t want to focus on travelling from A to B. Instead, allow time for exploring or perhaps plan a challenge along the way e.g. cow spotting or counting sheep.
  • There’s nothing like a bit of home comfort to settle a child. Whether it’s a favourite blanket or pillow, a comforting item from home adds familiar assurance.

Farm & Cottage Holidays are family run and owned holiday cottage rental specialists with over 30 years of experience, offering a collection of over 1400 of the finest cottages in the South West. View the diverse collection, check availability and book securely online at Farm & Cottage Holidays, or with lines open 7 days a week, speak to a member of the team on 01237 426272.

(Cuddledry Ltd. is not the writer of this copy and accepts no responsibility for its content. This article been contributed to Cuddledry Ltd. by the author detailed).