* When it comes to family travel, having travelled for years with our
own children, our main advice is to plan and prepare as much as
possible in advance. You will enjoy your holiday and outings much more
that way, you might even get some time for yourself if the kids are
Before you travel
* Research your chosen
resort and accommodation carefully check all children's facilities
and ensure you pick the right holiday for you.
* Book a reliable safe transfer from the airport to your resort.
With Quick Transfers, when booking a ''shuttle transfer'', an extra
seat is required if you are adding a baby / child car safety seat. This
will be classified as an additional seat and charged as such.
Kids on planes
Ensure that you leave plenty of time to get to the airport and to
check-in for your flight. Unless you have pre-booked and paid for seats
together, you will not be guaranteed seats together so it is first
come, first served regarding seat allocation.
* Pack all your
child's essentials such as nappies, milk, food, toys, books, games,
puzzles, electronic games, portable DVD player and any medication in
your hand luggage.
* You will need to keep them entertained on
the flight and not all aircraft come fitted with TV screens and suitable
viewing for children. So take along some favourites but also some new
items such as colouring books, paper, pencils, reading books, games,
cards, favourite teddy! It is important to keep the kids occupied - for
their sake, your sake and your fellow passengers sake!
are of course security regulations regarding liquids which can be taken
through the airport but many airlines don't include an in-flight meal
nowadays and snacks sold onboard are often expensive so go prepared with
* Ensure you pack enough to account for flight delays of at least 24-hours and misplaced luggage on arrival.
Rapid changes in cabin pressure can make little ears "pop," so keep
drinks or dummies available for takeoffs and landings. Sucking helps
reduce ear sensitivity so even sweets might help for older kids.
Airplanes present unique challenges for parents with young children.
Kids under the age of two are not allocated their own seat but must be
secured by a special seat belt, on an adult's lap during takeoff,
landing or bouts of turbulence.
What to pack
serious childhood sunburn can increase a child's risk of developing
skin cancer later, so sun protection is a must. It also leads to lots of
tears and a miserable few days for everyone. Pack baby-safe sun block,
sunhats, UV-blocking sunglasses etc.
* Insect bites aren't just
itchy, they can cause serious illnesses. Adult insect repellents may be
too harsh for young skin, so pack gentle, child friendly insect creams,
lotions or sprays. If you're traveling with baby gear, don't forget
mosquito netting for your pushchair or travel cot.
* Planning to
use bottled formula? You'll also need an insulated storage cooler.
Un-refrigerated formula can become contaminated in just a few hours,
especially in the heat so you will need to keep it cool. * Bring your child-friendly first aid kit with pain reliever,
bandages, plasters, antiseptic ointment, tweezers, thermometer, etc.
Remember to pay for travel insurance before you leave home this is an
absolute essential. Sometimes local treatment isn't available if you
are in a non-EUC country but in others, you would prefer to visit a
private clinic or hospital anyway. When it comes to your child's health,
you can't leave anything to chance.
* You can't destroy all the
germs in the universe, but you can minimize your child's exposure to
them. In addition to indispensable wipes, consider disposable seat
covers, antibacterial hand lotions and soaps.
* Visiting water
parks, parks, local attractions or other crowded areas? Dress your child
in bright clothing so he'll stand out from the crowd. In addition,
consider bringing a child hand strap to prevent you from getting
* Many hotels might offer a cot but often these are
not up to the same health and safety standards we are used to in the UK
so if in doubt, take your own travel cot.
* Just in case, create a
"if I get lost" plan and go over it with your child plus attach a note
to their person giving contact details such as your mobile phone number
and the name of the accommodation you are staying in.
When you arrive
* Childproof your accommodation.
* Drink plenty of bottled water.
* Read any literature provided by your Travel Company or local agent.
Try to give adults some time out every day - let Mum have time to
sunbathe in peace and quiet, or let Dad have a quiet drink on his own or
with new friends. Remember, for most families this is the most time you
will spend in each others company over a whole year and the experience
can be a bit overwhelming!
Kids On Quick Transfers Wehicles
When you are booking SHUTTLE TRANSFERS with us, we highly reccommend
you also add a baby/child car seat to your booking. You will see this on
the 'extras' section of your booking, and once booked, you will
automatically see an extra seat added to your booking, due to the space
required in the vehicle.
* When you are booking PRIVATE TRANSFERS, please ensure that there is space for car seat.
Thank you for choosing Quick Transfers.