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Holiday Essentials for your Kids

By AdeleFriday 20th June 2014

Family beach holiday Family beach holiday

Travelling with kids can be stressful at the best of times, what with trying to keep everyone together and entertained whilst negotiating airports and stations. Now, you may have everything booked, confirmed, printed and filed in chronological order in your travel wallet, but occasionally the odd thing can be forgotten. So, to help get your family holiday off to the best start, here at Royal Caribbean, we have put together a list of the top holiday essentials to pack for travelling with your kids!

Ice cream is delicious, but can sometimes be sticky – now, where are those wet wipes?! Ice cream is delicious, but can sometimes be sticky – now, where are those wet wipes?!

Wet wipes

No matter how old your kids get – and this includes ‘big kids’ from time to time! – wet wipes will always come in handy. Even if they’re just for after snacking on the plane, they help to keep the whole family feeling clean and fresh.

Electronic entertainment

This is the age of the smart phone and the tablet, which provides the added benefit of being a source of hours of fun on long journeys and in waiting rooms. Check out some of the latest games in your app store and download a couple of new ones to stave off boredom for even longer! Some airports have designated kids’ zones, such as Hong Kong International Some airports have designated kids’ zones, such as Hong Kong International

Activity books

There is nothing like the simple pleasures of colouring in or solving a puzzle to keep your kids quiet, and what’s more, they won’t run out of power! It’s always a good idea to have some backup entertainment on hand, just in case batteries go flat on electronic devices. Look out for designated kids’ zones in some of the larger international airports, as well, where you can find various toys and sometimes even a movie will be on.


If you’re catching an overnight flight, then a great trick for getting kids to settle down quickly is to pack their PJs in your hand luggage. Not only are they associated with bedtime, but they are also infinitely more comfortable than day clothes for curling up in to get some shut-eye.

Favourite toys

When you’re travelling with little ones, pack a few of their favourite toys, and comforters if they’re very small. The familiarity of much-loved items will help keep everyone relaxed and happy – bringing along a new toy or two will hold their interest for much longer, as well.

Night light

Lots of people have trouble sleeping in unfamiliar surroundings, such as hotel rooms, and your kids are no different. Bringing a plug-in night light will create a relaxing ambience in an otherwise pitch-black hotel room, and will also prevent any upsets in the middle of the night.

First-aid kit

With all the excitement of being on holiday, accidents can sometimes happen and knees can end up grazed. In these instances, it’s useful to have a small first-aid kit to hand in your day bag, with antiseptic wipes and plasters. Hotter climates also bring with them mosquitos and heat rash – stick a mild antihistamine cream in there too, just in case. Don’t forget the buckets and spades! Don’t forget the buckets and spades!

Sun protection

The higher the factor the better, as far as kids’ skin goes! It’s far better to be safe than sorry, so buy a factor 50+ sunblock, apply it liberally and apply it often. Sun hats are also a great way to keep harmful sunrays away from delicate facial skin, and sandals make walking on hot sand much more pleasant! Pack a couple of swimsuits, as well, so that there is one to wear whilst the other is drying – that way, you can spend as much time by the pool or on the beach as you like!

Extra supplies

It’s just not worth the stress of running out of things like medicine and specific branded products whilst you’re on holiday. Finding them can be both difficult and expensive, so pack a couple of extras to be on the safe side, which will leave you to enjoy your holiday worry-free! Happy sailing!

Let us know what other essential items you like to take with you on your cruise holidays with the kids!

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