Travelling as a family is a great way to spend quality time together. However, living out of a suitcase isn’t easy at the best of times, and it can be even more difficult when kids are involved. So, from clothes and comforters, to crackers and card tricks for kids – we’ll show you what to pack to not only save space in your suitcase, but a whole lot of holiday stress too.

Pack of Cards: Card Tricks for Kids

Easy to pack and easy to play, a pack of cards is an incredibly versatile activity, and best of all: it can easily be squeezed into any tight space. Why not learn a few simple card tricks for kids before you leave, or get the whole family involved in an on-going Rummy tournament? The secret to keeping children quiet (and happy) is finding an activity that they will not only enjoy time and again, but one that will continue to challenge them, whether it be with games like Go Fish and Snap, or by mastering some of these easy card tricks for kids.

Inflatable Toys: Blow-Up Beach Fun

Inflatable toys are another space-saving suitcase essential as they’re easy to deflate and provide fun just about anywhere. From crocodiles, whales and lilos for the pool, to balls, floating bars and even giant bananas – no beach or poolside holiday is complete without a blow-up toy for kids to play with.

Comforters: Home Away From Home

Whether you’re camping, glamping, staying in a hostel, hotel, or holiday home rental – it’s important for children to feel settled, and like they are home away from home. For young children, think about packing a few of their favourite toys, teddies or blankets, while older children will respond well to music and home comforts such as candles and familiar smells. Load up your iPod with their favourite songs, pack a few scented tea-lights, and even their bedroom pillow (if you have room).

Extra Snacks: Food Glorious Food

A hungry child is rarely a happy child, so be sure to pack plenty of snacks! Travelling can be extremely tiring (and unpredictable), so always pack more than you think you’ll need and avoid foods that’ll easily get squashed, such as bananas and packets of crisps. Too much sugar is also asking for a headache so it’s a good idea to opt for healthy, filling options such as sandwiches, cereal bars, and crackers instead.

Clothes: Capsule Wardrobe

No one wants to be doing laundry on holiday, so try to avoid packing whites and light colours, choosing clothes that can withstand a bit of wear and tear. Opt for multi-purpose items that will be suitable for different weathers and activities (a light waterproof jacket is always useful) to save space and weight in your baggage allowance. Larger families can share on space-heavy items such as towels, and remember that the majority of items you use at home will be available to purchase abroad – there’s no need to load up on large quantities of diapers or other everyday essentials.

So there you have it, just a few packing tips to help make travelling with the kids easy and enjoyable for everyone. With these simple ideas, you’re bound to return from holiday feeling bonded and relaxed – and raring to book the next one!