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The first thing you should always add to your travel itinerary when travelling with kids is simple - extra time. Small children are likely to be over-excited about their holiday and will want to explore at every stage, so if you want to remain cool, calm and collected, you should allocate a couple of extra hours extra to ensure your time frame is adequate.

Whatever type of accommodation you favour, you should always book it well in advance if you are travelling with little ones. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your holiday destination with kids that will invariably be tired and grumpy, and then discovering that there is no room at the inn.

Another great tip is to provide toddler with a throw-away camera so that they can take pictures as the day unfolds. This should keep them interested and focused rather than bored and whiny.

It may sound obvious, but kids need to be dressed appropriately for all stages of the journey. If you are setting off from the chilly UK and landing in sunnier climes, layers are the answer.

These days there is a huge range of child-friendly apps available for mobile devices, which can cut down considerably on clutter in your hand luggage. It can still be a good idea to pack a favourite soft toy or book, but by far the most travel-friendly form of distraction is a tablet pre-loaded with a variety of games and other apps.

Wherever you are headed, handbag essentials include hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes. With these two items you will be covered for a whole variety of different scenarios. A couple of pumps of hand sanitiser can be all that is required to prevent little ones falling ill if you need to use amenities that don’t have proper hand-washing facilities.

Although it may seem over the top to prepare for all health eventualities, it is certainly advisable to have the basics covered. Pack infant paracetamol or ibuprofen, plus a thermometer, sting cream, antiseptic wipes and lots of different sizes of plaster.

If your journey is to be a very long one, it pays to pack a good selection of individually wrapped small toys and snacks designed to be handed out to the kids every hour or so. The unwrapping adds interest, and in this way there will always be something to look forward to. Items such as little puzzles, colouring books and pens, modelling clay and stickers are guaranteed to pique the interest of even the smallest child on a long train or car journey or flight.
 

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