Are we there yet?

Are we there yet?

When we think back to our childhood, most of us can remember a family holiday. Whether it was a shack by the beach for a week, or somewhere much further away, it’s these memories that last a lifetime.

What we don’t remember is the stress that planning and taking a family holiday can cause on parents! And it’s for this reason that a lot of people avoid trips with children, but that needn’t be the case with a few well thought out plans.

Make it like home

For young children, the change of environment from their normal surroundings can be stressful particularly around bedtime. For babies, consider bringing the sheet from their cot. By using this item from home, when they
are put into a port-a-cot it will at least smell like what they are used to – and for babies familiar smells are a big comfort. Remember to pack their favourite toy and storybook for the bedtime routine.

Include them in the planning & journey

For older kids, the chance to feel they are part of the planning can be a great way to include them. Encourage them to search the internet about where you will be going and look for things they would like to do while you are away. A cheap digital camera for a younger child, nominated as the ‘official photographer’ for the holiday can result in some great (and funny) memories from a small persons perspective.


As parents we are always hopeful of enjoying some time with our children without the ‘screens’, but being realistic about the role they play in your child’s life – and your sanity – can make everything more relaxed. Long car and plane trips become more manageable with a distracting device, but consider talking to your children before you leave on the trip about your expectations on screen use, so you’re all on the same page.

Relax & be flexible

Finally, while we all plan a holiday with great ideas how it will pan out, it’s important to remember that travelling with children means we need to expect the unexpected and sometimes that means the best laid plans need to be cast aside for everyone being able to relax and have a good time together.

No one wants to think about sickness on holiday but it happens and there are a few things you can do to be prepared.

• Fill any prescriptions in advance of leaving and carry a copy of your prescription with you.

• If you are travelling by plane, keep your medication and prescription in your carry-on incase your bags get lost.

• Pack some travel-sickness medication incase someone feels queasy.

• Choose pain relief medication that is appropriate to the ages of your children so you know you have a brand (and flavour!) they are familiar with.

• Consider a travel sized first aid kit

• Look out for travel-sized versions of your favourite products to save taking heavy items.

A visit to your local National Pharmacies store before your trip will allow our staff to help you with any advice or products you need before setting off.


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