Travelling with children can be testing at the best of times, whether you are just travelling to a local attraction or jetting off for a warmer climate. Grandparents are playing an increasing part in their grandchildren’s lives which can also include taking them away on holiday. To make sure that grandparents not only survive the journey with their grandchildren but also enjoy it too (after all we want them to take them again), I’ve put together a little ‘grandparents guide to travelling with grandchildren‘.
Unless you have managed to persuade Mum and Dad to pack your grandchildren’s suitcases then this will be one of your first challenges. Personally I think you should get the kiddies involved in the packing, let them pick out which suitcase they would like to take with them (if you need to buy new luggage I suggest Trunki’s they come in a range of designs and can double up as a sit if delayed in the airport). Whilst you might not want to let them pack the cases themselves you can certainly get them to do a little fetching and carrying for you.
With suitcases packed it’s time to pack a day bag for them, I suggest a LittleLife Play Pack as they can carry it themselves, fill it with different activities and snacks (see below).
Make sure you pack lots of snacks as you can guarantee that within 10 minutes of setting off you will hear one of two things…
Are we there yet?
Take juice bottles and snack packs that you can throw away, you don’t want to come back to a car that has had juice cups and plastic boxes after a week of sitting in your boot (smelly!). Whilst chocolate will always go down well it can cause a terrible mess so try to think fruit bags, jellied sweets or crisps as they are easier to clean up after.
Meet & Greet
Instead of hunting down a parking space, hopping on board the shuttle bus with all your luggage plus the grandchildren why not opt for the Meet & Greet service offered by APH. The Meet & Greet service is available at 13 major airports including Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester and Stansted. Make arriving at the airport a much less stressful experience for all plus the kiddies will love that they are greeted at the door. Just think of the return home, you are all tired after a fabulous but energetic holiday (where do kids get all their energy?) instead of the clamber for a seat on the shuttle etc your car will be brought round to the airport terminal for you… something I think we could all get used to.
Entertaining little ones when they are visiting your home, playing in the garden or even out at the local park is one thing but confined to a car or plane for a few hours can be a whole different story. My best advice you would be technology, use whichever method of technology open to you.
Personally I think a tablet is the best source of all round entertainment, a HP Slate 7 for example comes with 2 years 3G access so you are able to download new apps, films or tunes whenever you want. The beauty of a tablet is that the grandchildren can enjoy playing apps with their favourite TV characters, listening to music or enjoying a film. Plus once the kiddies are asleep on an evening you don’t have to be stuck watching rubbish TV when you can enjoy a few games of cards, monopoly or even a movie whilst watching the sunset.
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