If you're looking for a holiday where you don't have to do much planning, all-inclusive resorts offer entertainment options, restaurants, and sleeping arrangements all in one place, and for one price (though some activities may have an extra fee). It's perfect if you just want to pick a place and go. Plus the upside is, all inclusive means if you have fussy eaters, they're bound to eat something from the huge buffet restaurants available!
While most flights these days are equipped with entertainment options and wi-fi, service quality and availability vary widely by airline, flight route, and cabin class. And of course, there’s also no way to know in advance if the service will be down or unavailable, so show up prepared by downloading some games and shows that you and your kids can watch even without internet access. Oh and make sure you pack headphones for every child, don't be the parent that remembers to charge all the devices but leaves the headphones at home!
If you have children over two and they're now in their own seats and not on your lap, spend a bit of money on a seat extender to make their trip more comfortable.
Recently I discovered Bubba Board which attaches to the seat meaning my children could have their legs up and could lie down and sleep during a flight. This will be the best money you ever spend!
The mess. The smell. Ugh. Every parent knows the nightmare of an unexpected vomit fest. Help yourself and everyone in your family by bringing your own clean-up kit. Include wipes, nappy bags, a plastic bag, plus extra clothes for your child and for you. And don’t forget jackets, shoes, and socks, which usually take the brunt of the mess but are often forgotten in the extra-clothes department.
Long trips needs lots of distractions for kids. Make sure you have a good mix of digital and non-digital options. Dole out new surprises or small toys at different intervals during the trip. And remember fewer pieces means fewer things to keep track of or lose. While a Lego set or puzzle could keep them busy for a long time on a plane, these types of toys are probably best left at home.
Carry on healthy snacks. Hangry adults is one thing. Hangry kids … now that’s a recipe for disaster. It's best to always have plenty of healthy nibbles on-hand when traveling with kids. The reason I say healthy is because if you load them full of sugar, you're going to have some super hyper children who definitely won't sleep and will be too wired to concentrate on any of the toys/devices you've bought with you for a smooth flight!