Take everything you need on holiday (including the kitchen sink) - What Katy Said

Take everything you need on holiday (including the kitchen sink)

You’ve squeezed the last shoe in, had the children sit on the suitcases so you can zip them up but your luggage looks like it has eaten too many pies and might burst at any second – will you make it through luggage control?

Will you get extra charges? You just can’t leave without your inflatable flamingo! Maybe you’ll leave your bikinis at home….

Sound familiar?

I am not a fan of flying for many reasons but one of the biggest stresses for me is the weight restrictions they put on luggage. Not to mention the exact dimensions you must adhere to when taking on your hand luggage.


I even bought portable scales to check it at every step of the journey – not what you need when jetting off for a relaxing holiday is it? Having 3 kids, one being a baby, means we have even more stuff now – there’s all of his prescription formula for a start! That has a bag all to itself!

Want to take everything with you with no restriction?

This year we travelled to The Netherlands by ferry and it was great! Not only did we not have to hand over our luggage and risk it being lost or damaged, we could take whatever we liked!

Our car was filled wall to wall, floor to ceiling and we didn’t have to worry about a single thing!

Since becoming a mother, my hand luggage has changed quite a bit. Gone are the days of having the passports and some money – now I have everything from dummies to kirby grips – and don’t forget the crumbs!

As a blogger I also carry around a lot of equipment, from cameras to spare batteries and multiple SD cards – I definitely don’t travel light!

It is so nice to be able to pack multiple bags, overflowing with bits and bobs of all description and not have to worry. Oh and I can pack full sized bottles of everything!!

I cannot tell you how mad I got last year when we were made to throw away suncream at the airport. It wasn’t even a full bottle!!!!

This October half term we will be travelling by ferry once again as we are off to France to visit friends. We are going with P&O Ferries and no doubt we will be packed to the rafters once again – including the inflatable flamingo!

One tip I have for you is to head straight to the lounge area and bag yourself nice comfy chairs and a table. When travelling with little ones you need a seating area and room for them to spread out with colouring etc…

We also look for one at the edge of the lounge so we can let Wills crawl around at the side without getting in anyone’s way. So much better than making him sit still on a flight!

If you are looking to travel abroad and don’t want the hassle of flight delays, luggage restrictions or having to contain little ones to a small area, then go by ferry instead. Oh, and it is a fraction of the price!! Bonus!!

This post is written in collaboration with P&O Ferries



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  • Reply
    Westend Mum
    August 14, 2017 at 9:50 am

    We as a quite big family are planning to go some where warm at the winter and the funny thing is that by which criteria’s I am choosing the destination? That there is warm? No, not just that. That there is not that expensive? No, not that at all. That there is something to do for the children? Important, but not enough.

    The answer it that the flight is short! Yep, and do you know what that does to the amount of alternatives, leaving from here Finland and what it does for all the packing… Leaving from minus 20 Celsius and going to a place where it is plus 25.

    Flights, packing, running around the house like a crazy person before the trip – and still we do it. What that says about us 😀 😀

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    Michelle Twin Mum
    August 14, 2017 at 11:21 am

    We’ve only taken the ferry once with the kids do far and we did all really enjoy it, like you say it’s goo to be able to take all the luggage you need.

    It was so good to be able to have a walk around and use the loo when you need to, not wait for the next service station or the seatbelt light to be off! Mich X

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    Travelling With Our Kids
    August 14, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    We love taking the ferry. I can whatever we want, i can take as much gluten/milk free food for the kids as i like and not have to worry. Road trips are the best and taking the ferry is soooo much easier!

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    five little doves
    August 14, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    We are hoping to go abroad next year and this was my concern, which is why we will be going by ferry too! There’s no way we could fit everything we need for six people in our baggage allowance, where as we could load the car fit to burst! I think a road trip can be so much fun, especially if they fall asleep! Haha!

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    Katy - Hot Pink Wellingtons
    August 15, 2017 at 8:24 am

    When I was little we always used to go camping in France and took the ferry. There’s something really exciting about it I always think! The fact that you don’t have the packing worries is a huge bonus that I’d not really considered until now – how things change once you become a parent! I think the ferry is a much more laid back way to travel than a plane – I love that you can get up and wander round rather than being stuck to your seat feeling claustrophobic.

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    Laura's Lovely Blog
    August 15, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    We went to France this year on the ferry and I am with you, flying is such a stress with the children because of the luggage restrictions but the ferry was the perfect solution with no need to worry and we took a longer crossing which meant our driving time through France was shorter too.

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    Laura - Dear Bear and Beany
    August 15, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    When I was young a lot of our holidays included getting there by ferry and we used to love it. We are holidaying in the UK this year, but I definitely think that ferry is the way forward and we would love to go abroad next year. I will be looking for the best places we can get to by ferry. I love the idea of still being able to pack up the car x

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    August 15, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Never been by ferry. Would love to though! Seems the better option as I take the whole house on holiday ha!

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    August 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

    As a family of three luggage can get a bit crazy (especially when one is a baby) we had to to take some stuff out of our luggage on the flight to spain this year as our cases were too heavy!! My husband always suggests getting a ferry – maybe he is on to something!

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    Mudpie Fridays
    August 20, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Dont I am literally meant to be packing at the moment but needed a break! I hadn’t even thought about the formula. I am so scared that we may loose the luggage that I have put a tin in each case. I am not sure if you can get dairy free in Italy? I am so driving next year! I am loving the look of your bullet journal. xx

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