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….
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