8 tips for travelling with children

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Children bawling on holiday is a traveller's nightmare even when the little darlings are your own, according to a British study.

The study questioned 1000 British parents about their experiences of travelling with children to discover the main stresses and strains of family holidays. Interestingly, most parents said they were more stressed out by the reactions of fellow-travellers.

'EVIL STARES'

More than 50% of respondents said they were made to feel bad when their child cries or misbehaves on holiday. The study reports four in 10 have found themselves on the receiving end of "evil stares" from other holidaymakers and one in four parents with noisy sprogs were asked to move away.

Top tips for travelling with kids:

1 BE PREPARED
Pack your child's bags with interesting things to do. Crayons, colouring books, books or his/her favourite toy (make sure you check with them first).

2 GO WITH THE FLOW
Treat the journey as an adventure - if you're not stressed, then the kids won't pick up on it.

3  SURPRISED KIDS = HAPPY KIDS
Sweets, a new toy or movie.... Save a couple of surprises to be whipped out when things are getting stressful.

4 NOW WHERE DID I PUT THAT...
Distribute essentials between bags - in case the one with all the important baby items goes missing.

5 CLEAN-UP ON AISLE...EVERYWHERE
When travelling with younger children, pack an emergency bag - wet wipes, tissues, change of clothes and most importantly a sealable plastic bag.

6 HUSH LITTLE BABY...
Driving with a sleeping baby is much easier than when he/she is awake and wants to stand up, crawl or walk, sing, play and do all kinds of things during the drive. Plan your trip around your baby’s routine by driving at night or early in the morning when they’re most likely to be sleeping.

7 ARE WE THERE YET?
Long journey's can be strenuous on children so ensure you have regular breaks. Plan your route accordingly and you could avoid a tedious barrage of "Are we there yet?" from your kids.

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