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How to plan a great weekend trip with kids

We love travelling and creating memories as a family. Which is why we try to explore our surroundings as much as we can, and travel internationally at least twice a year. So vacations and a weekend trip is always on the radar. We are yet to go anywhere this year for many reasons. However, travel is still on the cards. We just need to get organised and get a holiday booked (we are usually so last minute on travel related plans for many other reasons but we are getting better).

 

 

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We have been on a few trips within the country this year. Our first trip was to Birmingham for 2 nights for new year. Then we visited Chelmsford Essex in February for a weekend away. And we spent the spring break in London and Essex. We were there for 2 weeks exploring the cities, and it was a lot of fun. I am kind of a mini guru when it comes to planning a weekend trip with kids. My twins are 5 years old, and we have been travelling around and outside the country since there were babies. So I kind of know what to do when it comes to comes travelling with children.

 

Here are some of my tried and tested tips –

 

Plan your trip well in advance

I am a very organised person, which is why I like planning our trips before we go. I always have a packing list so I don’t leave anything behind. There is also another list; I usually call this list the itinerary list. This itinerary list contains our plans for the actual trip. So places we plan to visit, prices for attractions, alternative attractions, travel routes, and so on. That way I know what to expect and I prepare myself and the kids for it. Planning in advance also allows me space out our activities so we are not too shattered. This preparation usually helps our trip go really smoothly.

 

Book child-friendly accommodation

When booking a hotel for our trips, we ensure we pick a child-friendly accommodation. So spacious rooms with beds for the kids is a must. A hotel with good internet connection, restaurant, room service and concierge to help with the luggage. I also like great customer service, which is why I make sure to check Trip Advisor’s website for reviews. That way we don’t get any nasty surprises.

 

Involve the kids

I make sure to get the kids involved in our trips. They know well in a advance where we are going and we plan to do there. I also get them involved in packing before the trip and activities while holidaying. I find that getting them involved gets them all excited and keeps them well behaved.

 

 

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Have snacks and entertainment ready

I never leave the house for hours with the kids without snacks. Having snacks and some form of entertainment while out and about with children definitely helps. My crossbody bag comes in really handy for popping little snacks in, especially when we are on the move. They definitely make our trips go

 

Stick to the routine

We try to stick to our routine as much as possible when holidaying. Sometimes it is not possible at all to do so, but we try our best. Routines are so important with young children, and they help them behave better. Which is why we try to stick to ours when on holiday. Children thrive on a routine, so it is important to implement this even when on vacation.

 

Do you have any tips for planning a great weekend trip with kids? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below.

 

 

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Getting Ready for Your Vacation: Important Tips to Look Your Best

If you are planning your first getaway this year, you might want to get ready for traveling in style and looking your best. From going holiday shopping  – which is the most enjoyable part of the preparations – to choosing your outfits for the weather and hotel, there are several steps you need to take to impress your traveling companions and whoever you will meet while enjoying the sunshine. Below you will find a few tips on how to make the most out of your vacation preparations.

 

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Choose a Funky Hairstyle

If it is time to change your color and style, you should visit your hair salon before you travel and talk to your stylist about the latest trends. You might want to find a hairstyle that is easy to manage, even if you are in and out the pool all the time. The good news is that there are several ways of styling a pixie cut or a simple bob, so you can look different every day, depending on your mood and the occasion.  

 

Pick and Mix

When going shopping for your vacation, you will have to find clothes you can mix instead of planning each outfit. Accidents can happen, and you things don’t always go according to plan. The good news is that accessories take up less space than clothing items. A good way of saving space in your luggage is adding funky scarves, belts, hats, and headbands that can help you create a unique look every time. You might want to pack a few colorful cardigans to throw over your summer dress, and you will have a new look. Add costume jewelry, earrings, and create a beach dress of a large colorful scarf.

 

Choose Comfortable Shoes

While you might be thinking that you will wear your sandals and heels all the time while on vacation, you will not feel comfortable in the heat. You should get a walking shoe or sandal for visiting the beach, or you will end up with painful blisters. The key is combining pretty with comfy when you go on a vacation. You can find comfortable and adorable sandals that suit shorts and short dresses alike to take you on vacation if you do your research.

 

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Check Your Bag Allowance

To avoid disappointments and having to rearrange your clothes last minute, it is important that you check your bag allowance before you start packing. You might spend hours selecting the different outfits that create the perfect match, but if you don’t have enough space, you will need to start again. Plan your vacation clothing carefully, and add an extra outfit just in case you get invited somewhere elegant, such as a five-star restaurant or a premiere of a theater performance.

 

Get Some Tan

Before you hit the beach, it is important to build up some tan. If you can catch some sun rays at home, make the most out of the opportunity. In case the sun is still hiding, you should use self-tanning creams or lotions, maybe pay a visit to your local solarium. This way you will look less “out of place” and can see how your newly purchased vacation clothes look on you when you have a bit of tan. At the same time, by sunbathing before your vacation, you can avoid sunburn during your stay.

 

Travel Hair Styling Kit

If you love swimming in the sea and the pool, it is important that you can restore order after. A small travel hair styling kit that includes a hair dryer, a hair iron, curlers, and other accessories can fit in a small space in your bag, and save you from embarrassing hair days after spending a few hours on the beach. Pack some pins and hair clips, so you can simply tie your hair back when it is not looking its best.

 

Permanent Makeup

If you want to spend more time outdoors and in the water, and less fixing your makeup, a permanent solution might be a good option for you. You can get your permanent makeup completed a few weeks before your vacation, and this means you don’t have to worry about trying to use the small mirror to apply your eyeliner every morning, or getting your makeup smudged in the heat or in the water.

 

Whether you are a regular vacationer, or this is your first time in the year, get ready to impress people with your style. Work smarter and not harder on your looks. Pack less clothes and more accessories. Get your miniature hair styling kit in the bag, and let the fun begin.

 

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