How to plan a holiday with a baby to Northumberland
Published: Tuesday 15th May 2018
Written by: The Grace Darling Holidays Team
If you are thinking of taking your baby on their first holiday, you might consider Northumberland as a good choice. Not only do you not have to worry about travelling on a plane, but you needn’t worry about exchange rates, currency and learning the local lingo.
It is an easy place to holiday in if you are looking for somewhere restful to take the baby on long walks, but equally you can enjoy some activities here if that’s your thing, too. There are plenty of beautiful beaches to explore, as well as rolling hillsides. If you are into your food, you can go to casual pubs that are rated highly on tripadvisor, as well as more up-market bistros and restaurants if you can find a babysitter for a night out. The choice is yours! So, where to begin planning your trip. Here are a few pointers to get you started:
- Plan your journey. Figure out how long it will take you to travel to Northumberland and how long you should stay for. As you know, babies come with a lot of baggage so if you are travelling some distance, like from the South of England, you won’t want to come all that way and bring all that stuff for just a couple of nights! You could also find places to stop on the way to give you and your baby a break from the car.
- Find a Northumberland self-catering cottage. Hotels aren’t really quipped for babies. Self-catering is usually best as you are able to make bottles or baby food on request. You have kettles and sinks at your disposal! Research homely and well equipped self-catering breaks and make sure you check out the location to ensure you are near the things you want to be!
- Research where you want to go. Have a list of the places you really want to go and put a rough plan together. Don’t fix things in place, because you won’t know what the weather is doing, or how the baby is doing. Holidays can wear babies out especially when they are out of their routine, so you may need to ‘play it by ear.’
- Pack, pack, pack. The weeks before you travel, keep a piece of paper handy which you can write on when you remember something else you need to take with you. Things like sterilisers are easily forgotten but very important! Also, baby wipes, nappies, thermal flasks for transporting milk, pushchairs, rain covers, sun covers, sun tan lotion, and everything else in between. Some more ideas for packing can be found here. If you take a note of it as soon as you think of it, it won’t be so stressful when it comes to packing your things together. If you are travelling in your own car, this can be quite handy as you are likely to be able to pack a lot more straight into the boot.
- Enjoy! Remember to make the most of your break and try not to fret too much over the small stuff. Travelling with a baby can be stressful but you are making memories, so try to enjoy it!