With holiday season in full swing parents around the globe grow anxious at the task of travelling with their children. Whether it’s the trip to the airport, the departure lounge or even the plane journey there is a lot of room for tantrums, tears and mishaps - stress galore.
Don’t lose sight of the end goal, you’ve been waiting for this trip all year and travelling will not put you off – especially if you follow our 10 tips below!
It’s never too early to get prepared so get ready for a fantastic family holiday today and breeze through your journey with style and panache.
1. Bring a change of clothes. We might be stating the obvious with this one but it’s important so we’ll include it anyway! If you’re travelling with toddlers or young children chances are at some stage of the journey food and/or saliva will end up on your top – we don’t know how but it happens!
Anticipate these type of accidents and wear a dark coloured or patterned top for the journey, that way stains won’t appear so visible. Remember to bring a spare top in your hand luggage so that when you get a chance either before landing or in arrival hall toilets you can make a quick switch and tah dah – you arrive at your destination looking nothing short of flawless.
2. Layer up. We raved about layers in our last blog – Tips for jet-setting in style – and we stick by this. Layers are amazing – not only can you add or subtract to get your perfect travelling temperature, they can be used to conceal.
So a long cardigan for example could save you if you get a stain on your jeans, or a blazer could smarten up a plain tee and jeans combo. Layers also save room in your hand luggage so play around with some combinations to find your favourite ahead of your trip.
3. Wear a scarf. Like layers a scarf can be used to hide a multitude of sins and when it comes to travelling it can be so so useful! Cold on your flight? Scarf becomes a blanket. Stain on your top? Scarf can be used as a cover-up.
Bear in mind the right scarf can really add some character and bring an outfit together so choose yours carefully.
4.Invest in a good pair of Sunglasses. Pretty self-explanatory and completely essential as sunglasses can (a) hide everything (b) add instant glam to your outfit and (c) make a great hair accessory when used to keep your hair off your face while travelling. The best part is when you arrive to Costa del Paradise simply flick your sunnies onto your face to look effortlessly cool – even if you’re really just hiding early start fatigue!
5.Choose comfortable footwear. This one depends on the age of your children but typically if you’re travelling with a toddler be prepared to be on your feet … a lot. Avoid staggering around the departure lounge after little rascals in high heels and opt for comfortable and practical shoes.
Sounds boring doesn’t it? It doesn’t have to be though, shoes like Toms, embellished pumps or low heeled espadrilles can be cute and fit for purpose. Remember to wear whatever you are most comfortable in – especially when it comes to trousers (for the same reasons as above).
6. Accessorise with an oversized bag. Statement bags are a fantastic way to style up an outfit. Not only will this up your style cred it will double up as a hand luggage bag which you can fill with items to keep your kids happy at 30,000 feet – including tablets, portable DVD players etc.
7. Park close to the terminal. There’s nothing worse than parking at the airport only to find you are miles from the terminal. Cue whiney children and suddenly very heavy luggage (was it that heavy at home?).
At Belfast International you can pre book your holiday parking at Park and Fly! From just £3 per day you can park just 2 minutes from the airport terminal, a regular shuttle bus will drop you from door to door. One less thing to worry about! If you'd prefer to be closer check out our parking options directly in front of the terminal.
8. Document wallet. Organisation is key to keeping your cool so get a document wallet with multiple compartments – that way you can store all the family passports, boarding cards, transfer details etc. all in one convenient location.
Document wallets are available in a variety of colours, prints and textures so choose your favourite!
9. Book into the airport lounge. Get your trip off to the best start with a relaxing break in an airport lounge. The Causeway Lounge at Belfast International Airport has something for all the family including a kid’s soft play area guaranteed to keep our little ones amused and in good spirits ahead of their trip.
Add a bit of luxury to your trip - take time here to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of the general departure area. If you’re interested, you can get a quick quote now.
10. Remember it’s never too late! Don’t fret if you get to the airport and forget something, or if you’re reading this and you’re already in the departure lounge – you can always pick up last minute fashion staples from the Traveller store at Belfast International Airport.