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Hi, as the title says, I'm looking for any tips on travelling abroad with a young toddler (17 months old). Me and other half are looking to fly within around 2 hours of beam and have found Thomson fam… Read More
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2y, 11m agoPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
Hi, as the title says, I'm looking for any tips on travelling abroad with a young toddler (17 months old). Me and other half are looking to fly within around 2 hours of beam and have found Thomson family resort in salou, Spain, not far from port aventura.
Any help is greatly appreciated on things like:
- how to get best passport picture (this could be fun!)
- pushchair recommendations
- what to do about a car seat - take our own or hire on resort?
- any other resort ideas
Basically any experience from parents who have travelled with a toddler, especially what you wish you knew before you travelled.
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2y, 11m agoPosted 2 years, 11 months ago
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#1
Beam = birmingham lol
#2
Hi, I've travelled twice with a baby/toddler over the last couple of years.

Passport photo I got done at Costco-they can lay the baby down on a white blanket/towel if necessary, or they can just keep taking the picture until they get a good one.

Pushchairs-just an umbrella fold one for travelling. Kiddicare do a brilliant bright red travel bag to put a pushchair in-it protects the chair and helps you spot it very easily at the airport.

Car seat-take your own if you can-it gets checked in with luggage, so you don't have to carry it for long. This only applies if you're hiring a car from the airport at your destination-if it's not at the airport, you're better off hiring one with the car, but be warned they're usually only very cheap ones.

Additional:
Have a bottle ready for take off and landing to help the ears pop quickly.
Be nice to check in staff-they'll usually try to find you a row of seats with a spare one (even though you haven't paid extra for one).
Bring lots of snacks/entertainment
Do a nappy change right before you get on the plane, so you can avoid having to change on board (very tight squeeze!)
Ask for a quiet room in the hotel-away from lifts or main entrances.

Enjoy the experience-things will go wrong, flights may be delayed, but it's all part of the trip, so just go with the flow.

Hope you have a fabulous time :)
#3
Passport - take him/her to a photographer and they will do one for you - they've been doing it for years
Pushchair - we took a cheapy off Amazon - Tippytoes brand I think - something lightweight
Car seat - hire in resort
Resort - I'd avoid Salou, I'd take the wee one somewhere less commercialised like Menorca.
#4
The most important thing is to not lose the child in the airport i always put a label on mine with flight numbers and telephone numbers and one of those things with straps on is very useful as they do tend to wander off whilst you are fiddling with tickets etc
#5
sponduli
The most important thing is to not lose the child in the airport i always put a label on mine with flight numbers and telephone numbers and one of those things with straps on is very useful as they do tend to wander off whilst you are fiddling with tickets etc
Genius idea thank you :-)
#6
Mermoo
Hi, I've travelled twice with a baby/toddler over the last couple of years.

Passport photo I got done at Costco-they can lay the baby down on a white blanket/towel if necessary, or they can just keep taking the picture until they get a good one.

Pushchairs-just an umbrella fold one for travelling. Kiddicare do a brilliant bright red travel bag to put a pushchair in-it protects the chair and helps you spot it very easily at the airport.

Car seat-take your own if you can-it gets checked in with luggage, so you don't have to carry it for long. This only applies if you're hiring a car from the airport at your destination-if it's not at the airport, you're better off hiring one with the car, but be warned they're usually only very cheap ones.

Additional:
Have a bottle ready for take off and landing to help the ears pop quickly.
Be nice to check in staff-they'll usually try to find you a row of seats with a spare one (even though you haven't paid extra for one).
Bring lots of snacks/entertainment
Do a nappy change right before you get on the plane, so you can avoid having to change on board (very tight squeeze!)
Ask for a quiet room in the hotel-away from lifts or main entrances.

Enjoy the experience-things will go wrong, flights may be delayed, but it's all part of the trip, so just go with the flow.

Hope you have a fabulous time :)

Great tips thank you - especially your additional ones - bottle for take. / off land will be great - was wondering how we'd deal with pain if ear popping!
#7
moob
Passport - take him/her to a photographer and they will do one for you - they've been doing it for years
Pushchair - we took a cheapy off Amazon - Tippytoes brand I think - something lightweight
Car seat - hire in resort
Resort - I'd avoid Salou, I'd take the wee one somewhere less commercialised like Menorca.

Great thank you, as we've never done the whole kids / beach holiday, what is it particularly you'd say avoid salou and prefer menorca? We're really only after nice hotel with kids facilities, and thought would be nice to head to port aventura / Barcelona / beach for the day? Are there lots of things to do in menorca?
Honest opinions are greatly received :D
Thank you
#8
Go where you want. Doesn't matter if commercialized or not. Enjoy yourself. Take very cheap biggie. Also, you will need a UV tent. Other than that, box on, Mediterranean people have babies too.
#9
sponduli
The most important thing is to not lose the child in the airport i always put a label on mine with flight numbers and telephone numbers and one of those things with straps on is very useful as they do tend to wander off whilst you are fiddling with tickets etc

My parents use to do the same..... "If found do not return!" X)
#10
Suzannzan
moob
Passport - take him/her to a photographer and they will do one for you - they've been doing it for years
Pushchair - we took a cheapy off Amazon - Tippytoes brand I think - something lightweight
Car seat - hire in resort
Resort - I'd avoid Salou, I'd take the wee one somewhere less commercialised like Menorca.

Great thank you, as we've never done the whole kids / beach holiday, what is it particularly you'd say avoid salou and prefer menorca? We're really only after nice hotel with kids facilities, and thought would be nice to head to port aventura / Barcelona / beach for the day? Are there lots of things to do in menorca?
Honest opinions are greatly received :D
Thank you
Because there are a lot of drunken yobs in salou and not in menorca, mainly.

We found plenty of things to do, you just need to read up on the location on TripAdvisor.
#11
Because there are a lot of drunken yobs in salou and not in menorca, mainly.

We found plenty of things to do, you just need to read up on the location on TripAdvisor.[/quote]
Thank you, good to know. Hoping wherever we go we won't be bumping into any of those though as having our little man means well be on site in the evenings, plus if we have. Family resort sure they won't be staying too near us.
Will definitely check out menorca though as we've only just started looking - all suggestions greatly received :D
#12
I took my 19month old to Salou and thought it was great didnt see any drunken yobs jusy families having drinks at night. My advice take a tablet/ipad to keep toddler entertained and also sweets or things to chew when taking off.
Nappies are usually expensive abroad so I would take enuf and spread them out in case as they take alot of room up.
Sun tent great for a day on beach for toddler to sleep and play in.
I wouldnt take a car seat.
I would take a cheap pram as they get broken so easy. Luckily you can use this in airport right up until u get on the plane.
#13
mickydavis
I took my 19month old to Salou and thought it was great didnt see any drunken yobs jusy families having drinks at night. My advice take a tablet/ipad to keep toddler entertained and also sweets or things to chew when taking off.
Nappies are usually expensive abroad so I would take enuf and spread them out in case as they take alot of room up.
Sun tent great for a day on beach for toddler to sleep and play in.
I wouldnt take a car seat.
I would take a cheap pram as they get broken so easy. Luckily you can use this in airport right up until u get on the plane.

Great to hear from someone who has been to salou with similar aged toddler, thank you - some great tips
#14
Mickydavis - out of interest what hotel / resort did you stay at, would you recommend it?
#15
Might sound odd but if you already have seat numbers, be the last to board the flight.

Kids get restless quickly. It takes at least 20 mins to get people boarded on a short haul flight and even longer for transatlantic flights. They will be very restless if they have already been confined for half an hour.

Keeping a little one entertained and confined during that time gets things off to a bad start. Getting on last avoids this problem and you will have lots of help from the cabin crew who will be keen to get you sorted. Minutes later, you are in the air, no time for tantrums.

That advice was give to me 25 yrs ago by an air hostess, they were always told to get families boarded first. DONT.
#16
Thanks iglimpse - that actually makes sense as a big thing is how to keep him happy on the plane so this will definitely help. Cheers

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