Over the last few years, our lovely Frugi Family have been reviewing our latest collections on their blogs, providing us with fantastic & honest feedback. We thought it would be a fun idea to host a Frugi Family Blog Takeover where they get to chat about a topic of their choice… Get ready for a range of exciting blogs from fun summer activities, to travelling tips and even delicious recipes! Sixth in our Frugi Family Blog Takeover is Nichola from Globalmouse Travels.
Heading off on a holiday to a far flung destination can take a fair amount of planning, and with a young family in tow you’ll find that getting organised for your journey can be a big bonus. Long journeys whether by plane, car, boat or train can become tiresome for children and adults, so with a little forethought you can get your break off to a better start for everyone.
Here are Nichola West from family travel blog Globalmouse Travels five top tips to pack into your day bag as you set off for your holiday.
I love bringing sheets of stickers in my travel bag. Not only are these simple and easy to slip into your packing, they are also great fun for your children. I encourage my kids to stick them into drawing pads and make up their own stories around and older children will love using the stickers to dream up their own comic books and add their own dialogue.
Playdough is perfect for little ones on the move, especially if you’re spending time on a plane or train where space can be limited. My children can spend hours making towns, characters or play food for their imaginary cafe. There are lots of fun games to be played too – why not set your children a challenge to make a playdough model of their favourite place they’ve visited and see who can guess first where it is.
- Lots of non-messy snacks
For me, chocolate and travelling don’t mix. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a big fan of chocolate, but children can get messy and sticky very quickly so I prefer to stick to other snacks like rice cakes, raisins and apples. They’ll last longer than sugary snacks and are perfect for all ages. As a treat on an airplane I will keep a stash of lollypops handy as they can also help children’s ears readjust to the air pressure.
- Picture challenges
My eldest child loves to draw so to get him inspired to get creative on journeys I like to have paper and pens to hand. I will often start part of a picture off for him, such as drawing random objects like an octopus, someone running or a dinner plate for a giant, and ask him to finish off the rest of the picture. It will keep him busy for ages and he loves to tell me about how he came up with his ideas for the picture once he’s finished, which is lovely to share together.
- Bring their own camera
Allowing children the opportunity to capture their own images along the way can really make them feel more engaged with a trip. They don’t have to have their own camera but it does help. Sometimes a child’s perspective and the things that capture their attention can be really surprising. It can really help time fly by as they spot things of interest along the way.