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

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Constance Belle Mare Plage – one child stays free

Constance Belle Mare Plage is an ideal family resort - offering plenty of space, 4 swimming pools, a paddle friendly beach and a great choice of family-friendly dining.

Kakoo Club, Constance Belle Mare Plage

Kakoo Club, Constance Belle Mare Plage

With our special offer, one child under the age of 12 years goes free when sharing with adults in single or double Prestige Room, Junior or Deluxe Suite.

The offer is valid until 19 October 2011, with a minimum of 2 nights stay.

Package includes:

  • Daily breakfast and dinner for adults and children

Find out more about this special deal for one child to stay free of charge at Constance Belle Mare Plage, including terms and conditions.

Scuba diving, dancing and jungle adventures – family fun Indian Ocean-style

Finding the perfect holiday destination once you have children can feel a bit daunting. You want a place where you can unwind but that still has enough going on to keep the minnows happy.

Family holidays at Constance Hotels Experience

Family holidays at Constance Hotels Experience

At Constance Hotels, we offer the space for families to enjoy some privacy together while having the reassuring luxury of our 5* service at your fingertips.

Private villas
Many of our family guests stay in our 2 or 3 bedroom villas that come with a kitchen, living room, outside dining area and private pool. Several of our villas have direct access to the beach. Each villa comes with a personal villa master who’ll make sure you have everything you need at all times.

Watersports and kids’ clubs
Children go crazy for the watersports on offer – Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius offers a scuba diving experience in the heated swimming pool. You can take children out on a boat trip, have a go on a pedalo, or go crab hunting by torchlight.

Children's cookery classes at Constance Hotels Experience

Children's cookery classes at Constance Hotels Experience

If your children are hankering after slides and swings, our kids’ clubs for children aged 4-12 years offer play areas, as well as activities like cookery, dancing, painting, craft and games.

If you want to spend more time on the beach, our sand butlers will bring you drinks and snacks when you want them. Palm fringed parasols over comfy sun loungers provide plenty of shade, while the sea that gently laps the shore is paddle-friendly.

Jungle adventures
It’s also worth heading out to discover some of your Indian Ocean island – children love to play explorer and these islands are teeming with wildlife. Head to organised wilderness parks or if you’re up for an adventure, go for a hike to find rare plants and animals.

Turtle at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Turtle at Constance Lemuria, Seychelles

Time for lunch
After all that activity, food is in order and our menus of delicious freshly prepared meals include child-friendly dishes. Tropical fruit drinks and the all important ice-cream also feature.

Here’s some more family holiday inspiration: