ARE WE NEARLY THERE YET?! (family travel tips)

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Travelling with children can be great fun, or a complete nightmare. Sometimes, it’s both.

We travel to Devon every few months to catch up with family, and over the past few years have developed a tried-and-true plan-of-action to keep the Monkeys amused. The girls were lucky enough to get LeapPads for their birthdays last year from Nana, so the night before I make sure they’re fully charged, and load a new game on each one. I’ll pick according to their age and interests, but also try to pick ones I think they’ll both enjoy, so they can swap if they get bored.

I’ll buy them each a small activity book, and some new colouring pencils, and put them in a little carry bag, along with a favourite book and a teddy, and a cheap pair of children’s headphones. Then, I’ll download a new movie onto the iPad (last time it was Tinkerbell and the Pirate Fairy, in case you’re wondering).

Finally, I’ll pack them each a lunch bag with some fresh fruit, a brioche roll, a bottle of water, and a packet of Organix crisps. Between playing their games, and making their way through their nibbly goodies, they barely have time to ask ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ before we are!

If you’re still finding family holidays a battle ground, The lovely folks at Parkdean have busy surveying nearly 1500 flustered mums and dads, and have compiled the best family travel tips to make your next journey a little bit less painful. So before you hit the road for your Christmas holidays (don’t laugh, they’re actually not that far away!) watch the video below, and check out the hashtag #arewenearlythereyet.

What tips would you add?

• in association with Parkdean

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