My Five Top Tips When Traveling With Kids

Traveling with kids certainly requires a lot of planning and even more patience but with a bit of know-how, travelling with small children needn’t be a hassle.


  • Here’s my top Five Trips to try when traveling.A new bag of toys for the car or plane, you can’t underestimate the value of new loot for the car or plane ride. We bring a small bag filled with new toys for each trip and I pull them out one by one, no need for them to be expensive just bits and pieces that have never been seen before is the key.
  • Bring a Medicine Kit,  No matter how well everyone looks before the trip, things can change very quickly and try finding a chemist open at 11pm when your desperate is no fun. We have a pre-packed kit and pop it in the carryon bag just in case. Ours includes cough medicine, something to reduce fever, something for vomiting and diarrhoea, band aids, tweezers, cream for itchy bites, cough lollies. I learnt this trick the hard way with when my 3 year old started vomiting every hour on the hour, 8 hours in to a 16 hour plane trip and I had all this with us but didn’t put it in our carryon and it was packed in our luggage in the baggage compartment and the staff are unable to give you anything.
  • Down time Admit it, how many times have you had the temptation to fit in everything you can in one trip? This strategy may seem like a lot of fun at the time, but then everyone gets home exhausted. Plan for some down time every day of your trip. This could mean a leisurely bike ride, read a book, an afternoon at the park or a swim in the hotel pool. Even an afternoon nap. When booking a hotel look for one that includes Breakfast in the price, often it’s not that more expensive but it makes for a good start to the day as it gets everyone up out of bed, will include some healthy options and makes it just makes for a smoother day if everyone’s tummy is full before setting off on your days adventure.
  • And last but not least, definitely don’t forget the baby wipes. Even if the family is out of nappies,  baby wipes are a must have when traveling,  you can clean hands, faces, toilet seats, mop up almost anything with them just pop a couple of packs in different bags just in case.


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Kerry and Miss Piper xxx

Melbourne: Crowne Plaza – Easy, Family Friendly Accommodation

 We recently spent a very enjoyable 3 days during our recent trip to Melbourne at the lovely Crowne Plaza. We were lucky enough to experience the Family Getaway package which included breakfast and tickets to the Melbourne SeaLife Aquarium.



Crowne Plaza is great value in terms of quality of the room and location, it offers 4-star accommodation that is close to everything including the CBD, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, dining options and shops.

It’s such a convenient location for families with children as everything we wanted to see was just a quick trip by tram or foot, such a close walk to the CBD and located in the perfect part of the city to spend time discovering Melbourne’s Southbank. The free city circle trams made it so easy to get around and conveniently stopped opposite the Crown Plaza Melbourne.

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We received a very warm greeting and all staff were very kind and attentive, the hotel rooms were well designed and comfortable they had nice décor and were functional with all the basic requirements well catered for.  The room was clean and spacious, plus the service both professional and friendly. The beds were very comfortable and we had a great view of the city.

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We started our day with a sumptuous full buffet breakfast which was include in the family getaway package in the Clarendon Street Grill that over looks the iconic Yarra River. The kids loved the selection of hot dishes, pastries and even eggs made to order by the dedicated egg chef. We were very full and impressed with the high standard of food and service.

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Then we were off to the Sealife Melbourne Aquarium. Situated right in the middle of the city, it is the perfect way to spend a pleasant few hours and we enjoyed the huge tank with massive stingrays, sharks and colourful tropical fish. The penguins are very entertaining and we enjoyed watching them as they were slipping, sliding and waddling. All of the staff we came across were well informed, very interesting and friendly and we learnt a lot during our visit and found heaps to keep us entertained for hours.

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Overall, the Crowne Plaza gave us  great service and accommodation that is worth passing on to fellow travellers.  The friendly staff make sure you have a truly memorable stay, so if you are heading to Melbourne for business, shopping trip, or a family getaway I highly recommend staying at the Crown Plaza, which is family friendly and relaxing. This hotel has everything you need when visiting a new city with a family.

If you have any questions on the hotel or traveling please feel free to drop us a line as we would love to chat.


Love Kerry and Miss Piper xoxo