Travelling as a large family and how to stay safe!

travelling as a large family and staying safe
Going anywhere as a group can be pretty chaotic. Even going to the park as a group of 2 adults and 4+ children is crazy. So when you upgrade the park trip to a holiday, whether it be across the pond or abroad it can be absolute madness and your front room looks like a luggage wholesalers with cute little hand luggage back packs all lined up in a row.

Going on a holiday is like one huge adventure for the kids {and one huge headache 9 times out of ten for the parents!} and they can come down with a serious case of hyper! We’ve all been there. They’ll run around the airport, scoot around on the luggage trolleys, power slide through customs, the usual kid-related fun. But one thing with me is trying to keep everyone safe. Call me a worry wart or over-protective – whatever! Keeping my brood safe is my number one priority.

So I thought I’d put together a few tips for you guys:

Tip#1 – Pack as lightly as you can. In most places, if not all there will always be a launderette. Either on site or in the nearest town. Just because your a big family travelling doesn’t mean you need to take half your wardrobe! Everyone carry’s there own items. Overhead cabin case & a back pack is perfect.

Tip#2 – Have a buddy system. Our kids will all know this from school, or at least, I hope they will. But I think having a buddy system keeps everyone together as a group, and each of us is all looking out for each other. For example the oldest one will look over the two middle kids, the two middle kids will look out for each other as we look out for the toddler. Who is a total flight risk. Everyone’s happy, together & safe.

Tip#3 – I.D Bracelets. I did this with the kids last year when we went on holiday and they really didn’t cost that much to make. You also don’t have to be a creative whizz to rustle a couple of these up either. Get the kids involved in it, they’ll think it’s ace making their own I.D bracelet. A collection of colourful beads with number beads displaying your phone number and you’re done.

Safety bracelets
Tip#4 – 
Busy bags! These are LIFEsavers & aren’t really aimed at any particular age either. For the tots include colouring in books or little travel-sized magnetic drawing boards {easier!}. A few little figurine characters, a button snake and snacks. I’ll be sharing what is in Annabelles busy bag on the blog soon!

For the older kids include an activity sheet {or book}, getting them to tick off certain things they can spot on their travels. A disposable camera to encourage them to keep a photo journal of their travels and snacks. Other things to include could be a portable DVD player, iPad, a handheld gaming consoles.

Tip#5 – Try not to stress. I am so guilty of getting stressy and flustered as we travel. I sometimes feel like I’m the only one being all hawk-eye, always having the kids in my sights, making sure nothings been forgotten etc. Always dreading how the toddler will be on the flight, will she sit, will she sleep? will she scream the cabin down….Its a family holiday, times are bound to get a little overwhelming for everyone but try to have fun. Breathe and the experience will be ten times better if you take everything as it comes.

So those are my tips. Is there any tips you would add to the list? If so, I’d love to hear them. 

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  1. 07/04/2015 / 8:06 AM

    I agree it can be tough keeping such a larger group safe when you’re off on holiday, there are some great tips here – thanks for sharing x

  2. Rhian @fromtumtomum
    07/04/2015 / 9:20 AM

    Wowzers – you have your work cut out! I only have 1 baby and that seems enough of a struggle when travelling! I love the ID bracelets idea – thanks for the inspiration – I’ll definitely do that for the summer.

    Rhi Rhi x
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  3. 07/04/2015 / 9:33 AM

    I read once that the child’s name should never be visible on them (name tag, t-shirt or football jersey with the name) so that a stranger can’t call them over by name and pretend to know them or their parents. Children are more trusting of people who know their name.
    When we travel, we write our mobile number including country code on our children’s arms with ballpoint pen. That way they can’trust lose it.
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  4. 07/04/2015 / 11:24 AM

    I’ve never thought about ID bracelets before. What a great idea. Looks like your getting all set for your holiday. Cant wait to see the pics 🙂

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  5. 07/04/2015 / 12:29 PM

    It’s a good list. We’ve only flown over to England as a family so it’s a short flight but people tend to forget about the length of time waiting at security and the boarding gate. If possible buy fast track security and boarding – it’s worth it when you have children. Jean

  6. 07/04/2015 / 7:27 PM

    I have only 1 kid and travelling is stressful already and I can only imagine with more than one. This tips are so amazing. I saw those letters and bracelet kit in poundland and I am definitely making one! #TwinklyTuesday
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  7. Ashley Beolens
    07/04/2015 / 10:27 PM

    Love the idea of the ID bracelet (well for my little lady) such a good way to keep them a little safer.
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  8. 07/04/2015 / 11:01 PM

    The buddy system is a fantastic idea! Great tips x

  9. 08/04/2015 / 9:05 AM

    Fab tips & perfect timing as we’ll be going on our first holiday as a family of 5 soon. I love the Id bracelet, that’s def my favourite one.

  10. 08/04/2015 / 9:16 AM

    Great tips! I’ve done travelling with large groups as a teacher and the buddy system is great! X #MMWBH

  11. 08/04/2015 / 1:19 PM

    Fab post, will note some of these down – once there are 4 littlies to keep track of I can imagine it will be harder than it is now! We have used the ID bracelets before when we went to Disneyland, as it was so busy. Great for peace of mind. #MMWBH
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  12. 08/04/2015 / 5:12 PM

    Great list of tips – busy bags are a great idea and I also try to travel as light as possible – although don’t always succeed! We have a few dresses for the girls which are reversible and these are particular great for holidays as I can get more wear out of them!
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  13. 08/04/2015 / 7:26 PM

    These are absolutely fantastic tips!! I shall be bookmarking this for future reference! We’ve not yet travelled abroad with the twins but even travelling in this country requires military planning! I LOVE the ID bracelet idea! Am going to be making some for the summer festivals we’re taking them to! 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday x

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  14. Jeff Page (aka Hectic-Dad)
    11/04/2015 / 4:17 PM

    What a great list. Those who don’t have a bushel of kids (we have eight, plus a 1yo grandson) have no idea what it’s like to travel with a large lot. You did a great job listing tips and tricks, especially with the last one “try not to stress”. The ID Bracelet idea was new to me…I love it. I’m thinking of doing the same thing for our bags, since one or two of those often have a tendency to decide to travel separately.

    As to safety, it’s an odd world out there. I always, very tongue in cheek, say that I pity anyone who would decide to kidnap one (or more) of my kids. The kids would be returned and they’d make a movie out of it (ala Home Alone). On the serious side, it’s tough to keep track of eleven or so people, so we’ve also employed the buddy system. That’s a lifesaver!

    So glad that I discovered you via the Mad Mid Week Blog Hop. I always enjoy connecting with other folks with large families.

    Make it a great week!
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  15. Gemma Louise (@sunshineblogxo)
    12/04/2015 / 2:02 PM

    some really great tips here 🙂 thanks for sharing! Wish I had seen it before my holiday and that was just with one child lol. Was our first time travelling abroad so was scaryy!!

    thank you for linking up to #mummymonday – Love Gemma – host xo
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    • 12/04/2015 / 2:14 PM

      I honest to goodness could never imagine travelling with only one child. But I bet it can be just as tough! Kids are either wee angels or wee monkeys, lol!! x

  16. Heledd @heleddlavender
    16/04/2015 / 11:35 AM

    Great tips! I’m a big fan of the buddy system, I’m always shouting ‘buddy up’ – it’s a bit of a joke for us though as we only have two. Also a bag of goodies is a fab idea. #SundayStars x
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