Trunki’s Tips for Travelling Light with Little People
For most of us the long summer holiday is becoming a distant memory to be replaced with plans for long weekends away over the winter months. But if you're travelling with little ones, setting off probably isn't going to be as easy as it used to when it was just the two of you, hastily throwing some clothes into a travel bag and heading off after work on a Friday.
Ask a child to pack light and they'll probably concede to leaving behind the Peppa Pig playhouse but insist they need their entire LEGO collection. But there are ways of getting the kids on board and making packing light fun for them. Trunki, the experts in fun and innovative travel gear, share a few tips with us.
• 'They pack it, they carry it' is a good rule to stick to for the over-3s. We would say this, but a Trunki case is designed to be loveable and something that children want to take responsibility for. It can also be carried or wheeled along (or ridden of course!). Pack their clothes and snacks in your case for them, but give them the job of packing their own (small) case with toys, books and entertainment for the holiday.
• Get really organised and give them a small backpack or tote bag to pack with things specifically for the journey. Help them out with what to put in it – i.e. not toys with small parts that will get lost or things that will make lots of mess, or anything that might make car sickness worse. Depending on how old they are, good car distractions can be a pack of cards, a multimedia device, Play Doh or magnetic travel games. Pack some surprises in your own bag too and bring them out if spirits start to wane!
• Think about whether you can make do without certain items for the kids – for example, the buggy – and check ahead with the hotel what they can provide. For instance, cots, baby baths and other essentials might well be supplied, saving you valuable space.
•If you've ended up being too lean with the in-car entertainment and can't bear another game of 'first to count 10 green cars', don't forget you can always stop off somewhere to buy some cheap entertainment. For younger children, magazines, a scrapbook, postcards or a sticker book can be enough to buy you a couple of hours' peace.
• Pack shoes and clothing to suit the weather forecast, as well as the activities you know you'll be doing. Being organised can be a good space saver, as can going for lighter layers rather than bulky clothing. Bear in mind though that you won't want to be washing clothes on a short break, so don't scrimp to the point you jeopardise enjoying your break!