Top tips for what to pack when travelling with children

We recently ran a competition asking what item you always take with you when travelling with children.

Kids Club at Constance Hotels Experience

Kids Club with Constance

You sent in some great ideas. We’ve selected some of the best, both serious and funny.

All are guaranteed to help any parent when travelling with children. And some might also act a reminder to pack our sense of humour when travelling with little ones!

The winning entry came from Roleen McNeilage:

  • Balloons and pens to draw faces on them to keep them amused.

And here are some of the other great entries we received through the Constance Facebook page and our Twitter account @constancehotels. Enjoy!

  • Favourite cuddly toy and blanket, with an address around the toy’s neck in case it gets lost!
  • Calpol – you never know when you might need it
  • Their favourite toys
  • A lot of patience
  • Duck Tape – works everytime
  • A portable DVD player
  • A Harry Potter CD
  • Baby wipes
  • Their own pillow
  • Sun cream
  • Crayons and drawing pad, or mini whiteboard and pen
  • Lots of activities and nibbles or alternatively… the grandparents!
  • Plasticine
  • Food - my son can’t go for more than 5 mins without eating something
  • The ultimate kid toy (for boys) for a nice vacation in a Constance beach resort is a small Hot Wheels pick-up truck on large wheels. Perfect to play in the sand. Create a crazy race track in the sand with your son, use shells, stones to decorate the roads, build bridges, tunnels… and you’re all set to enjoy a good book for a few hours.
  • Babysitter or nanny
  • Nightlight – turns a scary new bedroom into a pleasurable experience!
  • New books we know they’ll like
  • Nintendo ds and electronic games

Travelling with children? Don’t miss these articles:

Special offer: kids stay free at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives

Double storey villa at Constance Halaveli Resort

Double storey villa at Halaveli

Don’t miss out on this great summer 2012 offer at Constance Halaveli Resort, Maldives.

From 21 June-31 October 2012, one child under 12 years stays free when sharing their parents’ room.

Offer is valid in single or double Water Villa, Beach Villa or Double Storey Beach Villa.

Package includes

  • Daily breakfast for children

To find out more, including terms and conditions, visit the online booking section of the Constance Halaveli Resort website.

And don’t miss our article about the new beautiful family beach villas at Constance Halaveli.

 

Interview: The Guittet family – on holiday with Constance

Guittet family on holiday at Constance Hotels Experience
Guittet family on holiday at Constance Hotels Experience

Aurélien Guittet is a Captain for a European flagcarrier. He is married to Anouk, a lawyer, who is currently a full time mum. They have 2  children – Alexandre, 4 years old and Chloé, 2 years old. They live in Luxembourg, Europe.

Here they share their experience of family holidays with Constance Hotels.

1. Tell us what your family loves most about going on holiday with Constance Hotels Experience.

We discovered Constance 11 years ago. The first resort we went to was Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius. That was such a great time!

The resort itself was like a little paradise. The restaurants were great and on top of it all, the staff make you feel at home, giving very personalised service and a lot of attention. Since that first experience, we only stay at Constance Hotels when we travel to the Indian Ocean.

2. What do your children look forward to the most about the holidays? And you and your wife?

Guittet family out kayaking in Seychelles
Guittet family out kayaking in Seychelles

Our kids are still very young but we agreed early on that we wanted to share our holidays with them.

Our friends and family thought we were crazy to take such small kids so far away from their home. But one of our favourite quotes from Mark Twain says it all:

‘Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.’

So every time we have the opportunity, we take our kids along for the holidays. What they look forward to is to spend time with us, discover new things, enjoy sunny weather, and the beach and pools.

For us it’s about the same. But our main goal when we come to Constance is to enjoy wonderful places, have the feeling of living something exclusive and let ourselves be pampered by the very professional staff.

3. How do you and your wife get the opportunity to relax and enjoy the wonderful surroundings, when you’re travelling with two young children?

Children playing at the kids club, Halaveli

Children playing at the kids club, Halaveli

Well, it’s a question of organisation. Most of the time, when we go to the beach or to the pool, we take them along. But when we want to enjoy a special moment like relaxing at the spa, snorkelling or sailing, we take them to the kids club.

4. Tell us about the different resorts you’ve visited. Do you have a favourite, and why?

As said, our first visit to Constance was at Le Prince Maurice. The second visit was at Constance Lemuria. That stay proved to us that Constance was really the kind of resort we wanted for our holidays because of the location in a small paradise, because of the great service, food, and the impression that every guest is treated like an individual person.

So a few holidays later, we went back to Le Prince Maurice and got engaged there one evening, having a cup of champagne close to the pool with a musician playing flute in the background…

We returned to Le Prince Maurice to celebrate our 10 years together and that was our last trip without our kids.

Aurelien, Alexandre and Chloe on the beach

Aurelien, Alexandre and Chloe in the Seychelles

The first resort we visited with the kids was Constance Ephelia. We were a bit sceptical when we booked, as this resort was much bigger than the ones we visited before, and we were wondering how our kids would behave in such a place. But the experience was just fantastic.

Our last visit was to Constance Halaveli Resort in theMaldives. There, we also had a great experience.

Our favourite remains Le Prince Maurice due to the sentimental value it holds for us, and Ephelia is in our opinion the best for kids.

But we must say that in any Constance resort, the architecture and lighting are absolutely beautiful and well designed, making it a very peaceful place.

5. Have you stayed in different types of accommodation? If so, which type has suited you the most as a family?

Children at the water villa, Constance Halaveli

Children at the water villa, Constance Halaveli

All the suites we have had were really big and it is no problem to share it with the kids. The best was the water villa at Halaveli – very spacious, state of the art equipment, very quiet, breathtaking view and again, the impression of being alone.

6. Do your children enjoy the special kids’ activities that are on offer?

Yes they do! As said before, we sometimes leave them there when we want to do activities that are not suitable for them. They like to play with other kids, use the facilities (games, swimming pools) and they get on very well with the friendly and professional staff from the kids club.

7. Is the food at Constance ‘family friendly’?

Guittet family dining at Constance Hotels Experience

Guittet family dining at Constance

For us, being French, food and wine is of great importance during our holidays.

At Constance, this is just fabulous. Eating at the restaurant is a real pleasure when you can taste high quality products prepared with passion, with the perfect matched wine.

In every Constance hotel we have been, there was always a great choice of restaurants. At the beginning with the kids, we were afraid that they would find the time at the table long and disturb the other guests, but they behaved really well, and the staff are so friendly that it really makes you feel at home.

I was so pleased to discover the wine menu at Halaveli, and to visit their great wine cellar with the chief sommelier. Amazing wine list, especially when you remember that you’re on a small island in the middle of the Indian Ocean!

We also love to order breakfast for delivery in our room. Being a family and having breakfast on your terrace with your kids, watching the endless ocean and observing the fish hunting is priceless.

8. Would you share some highlights from your family holidays with Constance?

Our kids are very lucky. By travelling with us, they have already seen different cultures, different people, and some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world.

Guittet family with giant land tortoise

Guittet family with giant land tortoise

They have fed sharks and rays, played with giant turtles, learned to swim in the nicest places and the nicest pools. They came with us deep sea fishing, tried kayaking and had a go in a paddle boat. What else can you dream of to develop their curiosity?

And when they get tired, put them on the bed – the in-room video on demand system has many cartoons that they will enjoy…

9. Do you have any tips for travelling with young children that you’d like to share with other Constance fans?

For the flights, night flights are great as the kids can sleep during travel.

The only ‘enemy’ will be the sun, never let them out without sun protection…

Competition: When travelling with children, the item I always pack for them is…

 

Girl on beach at Constance Halaveli

Girl on beach at Constance Halaveli

Win a magnum of Art de Vignes wine.

To take the stress out of packing as the festive holidays get underway, we want you to share your top tip for what to pack when travelling with children.

We’ll publish all the tips that we receive, and the best one will win a bottle of fabulous Art de Vignes wine.

How to enter

All you have to do is send us your top tip for what to pack when travelling with children - you can comment on the blog below, tweet us @constancehotels or post on our Constance Facebook page.

Competition ends on Thursday 22 December at 12 noon GMT. You can read our terms and conditions here.

Remember, either post to the comments section below, or visit our Facebook or Twitter pages to enter.

Good luck!

Children's yoga at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoganimals at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yogani'mals at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Young visitors to the 5* deluxe Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius are delighting in the latest offering for children – Yogani’mals.

After having introduced spa treatments for children, Le Prince Maurice is launching yoga classes for our younger guests.

What happens at Yogani’mals?

The essence of Yogani’mals is to awaken children’s senses, and teach them about yoga through simple, fun exercises.

These yoga sessions for children help lengthen attention span, improve their sense of balance, enable a better understanding of how their body functions and strengthens them physically.

Regular classes are available through Spa de Constance, lasting up to an hour.

Here’s another photo of one of our young guests trying out yogani’mals:

Child doing yoganimals at Constance Le Prince Maurice
Yogani’mals, monkey pose
 

Children’s yoga at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yoganimals at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Yogani'mals at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Young visitors to the 5* deluxe Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius are delighting in the latest offering for children – Yogani’mals.

After having introduced spa treatments for children, Le Prince Maurice is launching yoga classes for our younger guests.

What happens at Yogani’mals?

The essence of Yogani’mals is to awaken children’s senses, and teach them about yoga through simple, fun exercises.

These yoga sessions for children help lengthen attention span, improve their sense of balance, enable a better understanding of how their body functions and strengthens them physically.

Regular classes are available through Spa de Constance, lasting up to an hour.

Here’s another photo of one of our young guests trying out yogani’mals:

Child doing yoganimals at Constance Le Prince Maurice
Yogani’mals, monkey pose