Happy kids, happy holidays

From food snack packs to travel games and other insider tips, parents reveal the necessities to keep kids happy on holiday

Going on holiday should be an exciting and stress-free time but sometimes when you’ve got children in tow it can be quite the opposite, especially until everyone’s settled and adjusted to their new surroundings., the global leader in connecting people with the widest selection of incredible places to stay, conducted research with over 12,000 parents from 25 countries worldwide to find out how they cope in those make-or-break first 24 hours of a trip.

When asked how they best prepare for the first day of a holiday, Canadian parents cited that the two most important things to pre-empt disaster were to bring travel games and books to occupy their little ones (52%) followed closely by making sure to pack an emergency snack pack (both 46%).

These were followed by:

  • Packing key items (e.g. swimming / ski gear) separately or at the top of the suitcase (41%)
  • Having a first aid kit on hand (40%)
  • Covering the kids in mosquito repellent / sunscreen (37%)
  • Ensuring they’ve bought comforts from home so the space doesn’t feel too alien (34%)
  • Scoping out the quickest route to the beach / ski slopes (25%)
  • Packing travel adapters and chargers at the top of the case (24%)
  • Enrolling the kids in advance into kids club (10%)
  • Renting a buggy/baby stroller (5%)

Yet as two in five parents (41%) believe that the first 24 hours of a trip can be memorable, it’s sometimes the trials, tribulations, excitement and drama that are the things which can really make a holiday special.



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Research commissioned by and independently conducted among a nationally representative sample, provided by Research Now. In total 18,496 respondents were surveyed (1,000+ from the UK, US, Brazil, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, India and Russia and 500+ each from Australia, Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Croatia, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Sweden, Thailand and Taiwan), which included over 12,000 parents. Respondents completed an online survey between 27th April and 15th May 2017.


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