This year I was lucky enough to have some time off work (six months of maternity leave) so we decided we’d take a longer trip along with my husband’s work commitments in Bodrum, Turkey. While I was excited at the idea of finally being able to travel and avoid Dubai’s excruciating heat…. My inner self started panicking at the idea of travelling with a two year old and a two month old… to top things off, we had my parents plus my mother in law! YAY
A four-hour and a half flight to Istanbul, two hours transit, one and a half hour flight to Bodrum, and finally a road trip of roughly one hour. Pheew!
We missed our connection to Bodrum, followed by our next flight being delayed by one hour. That mixed with a tired toddler and baby, plus no English speakers in Turkey. I’ll stop here.
So, here are a few survival tips for travelling parents:
- Make a list of everything you need to bring. Yes, I packed half of the house but at least i did not spend half my time rushing to the shop to buy missing items!
- Stating the obvious, but make sure you’re all packed two days before departure date – you will still be adding stuff up to the very last minute
- Mummy, pack yourself a lunch and eat at takeoff– by the time lunch is served on the plane you will have no hands to swallow any of it
- Pack a snack bag (not just for the kids but for your own sake) – I made brownies and mango roll-ups. Keeps kids busy and keeps mummy’s energy levels up!
- Pack a few toys, some new and some old. My kiddo does not like headphones. Puzzles, Cards, small cars are a good idea. Forget the PlayDoh.
- Make sure your carry-on has two changes of clothes and jumpers. It’s always freezing cold in the plane and you’d avoid drama after his drink spills because of a two-second turbulence
- Always, always have some food the children can munch on while they wait – there is nothing worse than a hungry child and unavailability of food he’s not accustomed to!
- Do not party or drink alcohol the day before