Help! We’re taking our 3 year old on holiday…!


I’ve never really written a post like this before and so I’m not sure how it will turn out but it’s a little bit of a plea if anything… let’s roll with it.

At the start of June, our little family of three are packing up our summer clothes and jumping on a plane to go in search of some sunny weather. We’ve been on holiday abroad  with the littlest one twice before but the first time he was just nine months old and the second time he was not quite eighteen months old. So, given he is now almost three and a half it’s been a good couple of years since we’ve ventured out of the country and for whatever reason I feel like I’ve totally lost all sense and understanding of what I’m going to need! It seems insane.

So basically, I’m asking all you fellow travelling Mummy’s of three-year olds…

“What do you take with you?”

We will have a trip to the airport. We will have to wait at said airport. We will have a plane journey. We will have a car journey and then we will sleeeeeep. Phew. I’m exhausted thinking about it. Then baring in mind, we will have the same again on the way home.

Tell me, how on earth am I going to keep him entertained?! He gets bored at home with sixty-two thousand toys to play with. In all honesty I’m dreading the whole ‘there and back’ saga. So I’m looking for hints and tips from all of you ‘been there and done thatters’.

Obviously it’s not just the journeys, but while we are there aswell. We will be fortunate to have our own villa, so he will have a whole house to keep him entertained, but there won’t be boxes upon boxes of toys for him to pull out and play with and it makes me a little antsy thinking about it.

I always worry about these kind of things and they usually turn out to be okay, but it would be nice to be a little prepared so I can start to look forward to our well-earned holiday abroad – which incidentally is the first one ever on our own without other family.



He’s a picky eater too, so that’s playing a little heavy in the back of my mind. I don’t want him to live on ice cream and toast for two weeks. Any suggestions?

I refuse to feel like a shit Mum for asking the questions, but instead, a sensible and clever one for having the common sense to be prepared.


Please, do share with me your expertise? I’ll be forever grateful.

I look forward to reading your responses.  Thank you muchly, in advance.


My Random Musings



  1. Wendy Holmes
    26th May 2016 / 10:56 am

    Any blow-up toys eg football, a travel aquadoodle (all children love to draw, right?!), hand held game consol (Nintendo ds maybe), story books

    • 27th May 2016 / 8:16 am

      Thank you for your ideas! I’m feeling less apprehensive now…!

  2. Ohlucy
    26th May 2016 / 4:46 pm

    Eek, I have no help for you but good luck! I will be going on a 4 hour train journey with my 1 yr old on Monday, so not looking forward to that either!!

    Lucy xx

    • 27th May 2016 / 8:16 am

      Oh good luck with that! Let me know how you get on! X

  3. 26th May 2016 / 11:07 pm

    I always find that a ‘new’ toy always worked with my little girl on a plane, it was a tip I had seen somewhere years ago and tried it to great avail! Now I know what your thinking we have sixty-two thousand toys at home but I mean just something small maybe a couple of books too. The Ipad with her favourite TV shows downloaded also worked a dream with over ear headphones (to relieve the headache of listening to the Peppa theme over and over) again a portable second DVD player is also good then you can use the DVDs when you get there!

    Snacks, snacks and more snacks. My little one likes things like Oat bars, Pom Bears, biscuits etc and they keep them distracted for a little while. We packed all of her things into her Trunky which came in real handy for dad to pull her round the waiting area before we boarded the plane.

    I am sure there must be other things but I have a 15 week old teething boy crying in my ear so best I dash!! If I think of anything else I will be sure to share. If not enjoy your holidays!!! xxx

    • 27th May 2016 / 8:18 am

      These are great tips, thank you! I think I need to make a list!! Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and give me so many ideas. Best of luck with your teething baby. Poor poppet. I remember those days well. Xx

  4. Double the Monkey Business
    27th May 2016 / 8:40 am

    We are going to America next year and I am hoping iPads provide enough entertainment to get us there without drama. Good luck and have a nice time 🙂 #BloggerClubUK

    • 27th May 2016 / 8:42 am

      Thank you! The iPad will definitely be fully charged!!

  5. 27th May 2016 / 1:54 pm

    Just remember…whatever doesn’t break you, makes you lol! But seriously, you will survive it…but come back needing a proper holiday for yourself!! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub lovely x

  6. Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    30th May 2016 / 3:38 pm

    It will be fine! I traveled with my kids from young. I took my 4yr old & 20 month old to the US on my own. I’m not saying there won’t be low points but over all it’s really lovely traveling with kiddies. Pack a tablet & charger for the plane. Snacks & sippy cup are a must. And a few small toys. If he’s a fussy eater then pack some favorite foods in the checked bag. Thanks so much for sharing with us at #BloggerClubUK x

    • 30th May 2016 / 9:06 pm

      I’m feeling a little more relaxed about it now I have to admit. Although we will see in a few days time, that may have reversed again!! 🙂 I will have to do a follow up post when I get back! 🙂 Thanks for the lovely comment x

  7. 7th October 2016 / 7:14 pm

    Yes! We got back from Barbados in September and J (is 3yo) was amazing. We took sticker books for the plane and I wrapped up some snacks and cheap animal toys – iPad with fav programmes.
    The cheap toys I completely used as bribes and praise whilst on the plane and on holiday. We took his favourite cereal so one meal was familiar and my best investment was a trunki case. He loved sitting on it in the airport, I used it as hand luggage and it had a spare outfit for all of us in it. His aeroplane stuff was in my bag –
    So he didn’t know what he had.
    The trunki was also amaze for him in our
    Hotel as a whizz around toy. Pm me if you
    Need anything else, as I felt so nervous before – I know how you feel. Ohhh and we bought a factor 50+ spray so I didn’t have sun tan lotion tantrums

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.