Travelling can be stressful at the best of times and when you have children in tow things can quickly go downhill if you are not prepared but there are a few simple things you can do to ease the stress and help make sure your holiday is full of laughter rather than tears. As you may remember last year we were lucky enough to travel with KLM from our local airport Cardiff International to Schiphol as part of their #KLMFlyLocal campaign which encourages families to travel from smaller local hubs such as Bristol, Norwich, Leeds (to name a few) - thus cutting out the added stress of carting small children through larger airports such as London and Manchester as well as cutting down your travel time.
I know for us personally we found the whole experience incredibly positive and something we would highly recommend as it meant no rushing as we were at the airport in less than half an hour and the whole process from checking in to boarding the plane was easy and stress-free. As it was such a short flight we were there in no time but had we travelled to London we would have tripled our travel time and with small children that is something you really want to avoid. We are hoping to take the kids to my hometown of Cape Town, South Africa one day and when we do we know we will board at Cardiff and go via Schiphol which is a real hub to the rest of the world, turning even a long flight into a more manageable one.
What also really impressed us was from the moment we checked in the staff were friendly, reassuring and made Mr A feel at ease, even when he was struggling with his ears during the descent and despite it being a small plane their customer service was second to none. KLM also have a family mascot – Bluey who is the happy little blue airplane who stars in his own little animation, do go and check it out.
Another tip to keeping kids happy is getting them involved with the packing, allow them to pick what they want to take on holiday, just make sure to include their favourite toy as this can help ease any homesickness they may have. Having a “special” suitcase or backpack can also add to the excitement and we are not only huge fans of the Trunki but have used one for the past two years and Mr A loved that he has his own bag and the fact they can jump on and you can wheel them around airport terminals is a major bonus as tired jet-lag children are no fun but will rarely decline a ride on a Trunki. So I am very excited to offer my readers the chance to win one of two limited edition #BlueyByKLM Trunkis for your next family adventure.
The competition is for UK residents only, ends the 16th August 2015. There will be two winners picked at random, each will win a limited edition Bluey Trunki, prizes cannot be exchanged for anything else.