Amanda Blakley’s top 5 tips for travelling with children

The travel writer and mother to Archer and Atticus gives us her survival guide for travelling with tiny tots…

Pack snacks, more snacks and back up snacks…
This makes us sound like a family of pigs, but snacking on nutritious food is not only for sustenance, we make it into an activity that can kill time while on the road or in the air. Some of our favourite foods-on-the-go are dried fruit and nuts, crispy seaweed (you can buy it in packages so it feels like junk food), berries, veggie sticks, rice crackers with pumpkin butter or avocados. As long as you cut your snack fruit and veg up and put them in containers you should be allowed to bring it through customs - but always declare it just in case!

No matter where you are going, I subscribe to the ‘bags within a bag’ theory…
Some people call them packing cubes. Bentley Luggage sells some great ones. This way each category has a home base and you don't have to rifle through everything in order to find your sun screen/ski goggles, etc. You could also use the various sized cloth bags that come with shoes or purse purchases. Think of them like dresser drawers - organize them by family member or by category and then simply remove them from your suitcase, place them in a drawer at your destination and voila!

Baby wearing keeps your hands free…
You’ll need them for picture taking, toddler wrangling, money counting while the stroller can be used to stash extra bags or carry-on's while making your way through the airport or on an outing. We swear by the Lucky Industry sling at Advice from a Caterpillar and the Ergo.

Purchase an international SIM card…
Trpprmobile is a mobile service offering unlimited data roaming and international texting in 120 countries worldwide. You can stay connected via text and data without spending a fortune on international roaming fees. You can use it to find a local park, pediatrician or just to read restaurant reviews to ensure that adorable local bistro you spied will be welcoming/accommodating to children.

While hotel living is a wonderful treat, sometimes it can be more relaxing to rent a house or apartment…
That way you can maintain your routines around sleeping and mealtime. We love browsing Kid & Coe for all the amazing kid-friendly properties around the world. It's so nice to feel like a local while visiting a new city plus having access to the home owners baby/kid gear makes it easy to pack light. I liken it to the ultimate play date where you don't have to share the toys with the host(s) and you get to stay for an extended period of time!

Follow @amandablakley or go to www.theadventuresofatticus.tumblr.com

Yuki Wong

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