1. Smart Cookies
Ever found a holiday bargain online only to
find the price has gone up when you go back
to book? It might have something to do with
your computer cache and cookies as some
company’s track visitors and put the prices up
when they see you’re keen. Beat the system
and bag a bargain by doing your holiday
browsing from an incognito web browser so
your visits remain untracked.
2. Dollar dazzlers
Don’t select your destination based on
the cheapest flights without checking
exchange rates and local costs to see how far
your money will stretch once you get there.
3. Bag a bargain
Subscribe online to local discount sites
for your destination so you can access great
discounts on dining and entry to local
4. Snap shot
Snap a shot of your entire family’s
passports, visas, and any other necessary
identification on your phone before leaving on
a trip. Email it to yourself so you’ll have it on
hand in two easy to access places in the case
of an emergency.
5. Let it roll
Rolling your clothes rather than folding
maximises luggage space and helps prevent
wrinkles and creasing.
6. Shoe biz
Pack shoes in shower caps to keep your
7. On the Case
Use an old sunglasses case to store
camera and phone chargers in your bag.
8. Car caddy
Road tripping? Mount a suction shower
caddy to the car window to keep all the kids’
toys and snacks within arms reach.
9. Tech Talk
Load up your tablet with some new
movies and apps, and make sure it’s fully
charged before you go.
10. Power packed
You’ll only need one adapter to keep
all your devices charged if you simply pack a
11. No more leaks
There’s nothing worse than unpacking
your bag and finding that the shampoo has
leaked all through your luggage. To avoid the
leaks remove bottle lids and place a small
piece of plastic wrap over the opening before
screwing them back on.
Pack a spare set of clothes for the kids
along with nappies and snacks just in case
your checked baggage goes missing.
13. Zip it
Pack loads of zip-lock bags. They’re
holiday gold! Not only will they keep your
phone and camera sand and water free at the
beach, you can stuff a handful of snacks into
one at the breakfast buffet for little ones to
snack on while they’re there.
14. Charge it
If you forget your phone charger
check the back of your hotel TV as most new
models have a USB port you can connect
15. Write on
Make sure your kids are armed with
your mobile phone number and hotel
information in case you become separated.
The best way to ensure they don’t lose this info
is to write it on their arm in permanent marker
at the start of each day.
16. Get real
When travelling with kids you need to
have realistic expectations. By being prepared
for the worst, while hoping for the best any little
mishaps or the odd mid-flight meltdown won’t
seem so bad.