There’s nothing better than a week or two in the sun. That is of course once you’ve got to your destination after a battling 24 hours with the kids. Because let’s be honest, even if you’re only taking a two hour flight to one of the Costas, all that time spent travelling to the airport, in the airport, on the tarmac and in the airport at your destination, totally adds up to a lot of hours.
As Mums, there’s some sort of horrible guilt feeling when we think of giving our children tablets to keep them busy during long flights or car journeys. I don’t know where this judgement on ourselves comes from, but I remember being given a Game Boy for those long waits at the airport and I LOVED playing the challenging games and it kept me busy for hours giving my Mum and Dad some much deserved peace and quiet. I like to think I turned out alright! (Apart from having an unhealthy obsession for buying Nintendo consoles just so I can play the latest version of Zelda)
So here I’ve compiled a list of apps you just HAVE to download before your next long car journey or plane trip to keep the kids occupied, making sure the other passengers aren’t disturbed and making your holiday as stressless as possible. After all, you deserve a holiday too!
BBC iPlayer Kids App
An absolute must for access to all of your toddler’s favourite CBeebies shows. The best bit? You can download them in advance if your flight so they’re there, ready and waiting when you’re airborne! Download here.
An absolute life saver when abroad and you need to find a public loo or a cafe you can try and sneak into undetected (naughty but sometimes you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do!) Download here.
The Netflix app is another one where you can pre download TV shows and films to keep little ones occupied during long car trips and flights. What’s better than curling up on a flight and watching Frozen? Download here.
The Kidloland app is hugely popular among parents of toddlers and it’s easy to see why from Vicki’s review. It’s a great learning tool for pre schoolers helping them to learn colours, vegetables, numbers and nursery rhymes whilst being fun and stimulating too! Download here.
Disney Jr Play
This app comes with lots of learning games featuring your little one’s favourite CBeebies characters like the Tellytubbies and the Twirlywoos. Lots of fun to be had and many hours to be whiled away. Download here.
Of course the tablet and all the apps that come with it wouldn’t be complete without a few other extras.
Batteries don’t last forever, especially when streaming movies and TV shows so a powerbank (and probably additional powerbanks too!) are vital to make sure the iPad doesn’t run out of juice at 40,000 feet at the crucial moment!
Any Mum worth her salt knows that snacks are absolutely essential to any trip longer than two minutes outside the house. Pack your baby bag to the max with rice cakes, veggie crisps, fruit and whatever else you can lay your hands on to keep hungry stomachs focused on the task at hand.
Last, but not least, a pair of headphones are absolutely vital to save your kids disturbing other passengers. I absolutely adore the Snuggly Racals set. The fun looking headphones are worn around the head like a headband meaning they are comfortable and silky soft. They come in a range of funky designs and are machine washable too! (Who knows when somebody is gonna be sick when you’re on a big trip?!)
If these apps don’t get you through the stressful hours of travelling, then try not to worry, we’ve all been there Mama! You will be at your destination soon enough! Happy travelling!
Disclaimer: We were gifted a set of headphones in return for a mention in this post.