Tips for Holidays With Three Children

holidays with 3 children

One of the things that bothered me slightly when we found out we were going to have a third child was would we take them on holiday as a family of 5. Would we cope? Holidays with three children are a different kettle of fish. No, let’s rephrase that. Holidays with kids generally are nothing like what they were pre-children. Some say it is literally the same hard work but in a different location (they use different words but I’m trying to be family friendly!) In our experience that isn’t entirely true but we do holiday with my parents, so we do have two extra pairs of hands most of the time, which is a huge help. But long gone are the days reading in the sun, drinking cocktails, late nights and long lazy walks. They are replaced with the Mini Disco, early bedtime and rises, the kid’s pool and cocktails (yes they were never going to go!)

We have holidayed abroad every year since the gremlin was born, in various amazing places: Turkey, Fuerteventura, Rhodes, Cyprus, Crete and Croatia. We always travel with TUI and we always look for savings, like Codesium who offer specific deals, depending on what sort of holiday you choose. We would use a discount code HOTEL, as usually stay in a hotel when we go on holiday, where you can save up to £60, depending one how much you spend. This year we are going back to Rhodes again and staying in The TUI Blue Atlantica Aegean Blue and cannot wait!

I am a little scared though. We will have a crazy 15 month old boy. He is going to be running off. He is going to be feral. The girls I know will be better, of course a little tired maybe. BUT we have coped before. This will be our second holiday with three children and we did it before. In fact, we had a great time. I wasn’t pregnant or worrying about being pregnant!

And as we did survive, here are some of my top tips:

Holidays with Three Children – How To Survive

– Go with family if this is possible. I am generally a person who believes in safety in numbers. We always go away with my parents and it is a HUGE help, even more so when you have three children. We make sure we have ground rules; my parents have time to themselves in the evenings, they go off alone for meals and my Step-Dad is always hitting the gym. In return though, hubby and I get date nights, I can go to the gym and I do get to read and have cocktails with my Mum. Winner.

– Consider a resort or all-inclusive. I know for some people this isn’t their cup of tea at all but it is easier with kids in some respects. You don’t have to worry about food or drinks. You don’t have to clean or tidy up. You don’t have to leave! You don’t have to plan entertaintment: there is always loads for the kids to do. Granted it can get repetitive and you have to get dressed for dinner most nights but I think the pros can outweigh the cons with kids. I’ve written about this before here.

– Relax a little with the rules. I do find it hard to let my girls pig out or watch the iPad or whatever but on holiday, it is their holiday too. I have to let me eldest chill with an ice-cream for a bit. Well it means I can have a sneaky cocktail or relax in a hammock for a bit!

– Do NOT feel guilty about using a holiday club for the kids if one is available. I have to be honest, we didn’t use them until the last two years or so. My eldest made a friend the first time and wanted to go with her and last year she just wanted to go. It keeps them out of the sun, keeps them cool and is good entertainment. Plus you get a rest. If you have three kids and are one or two down? Someone gets a rest whilst the other is with the third!!!

– Pack plenty of things to do. My girls don’t constantly want to be in the pool or playing in the park. They like to bring down stickers, dolls, toys and books and play by the pool. They are getting to the age where they play together a lot, so means a little easier to chill together if they have lots to do.

– Pack sensibly, as you will have A LOT to pack for three kids. My hubby always uses these travel cubes for packing and I have to admit they are a game changer. You can pack one child’s clothes in one, your underwear in another. You get me! Nothing gets muddled up and so easy to pack and unpack and bag up washing too. I also consider clothes I know they will wear (my middle child is fussy) and ensure they are easy to take on and off (less time and less tantrums).

Holidays with three children and never going to be “easy”, especially when they are small and need a lot of attention and looking after. However, I do feel you can have good time. You can relax. It’s just being prepared and having a good mindset.

Enjoy your holidays this year!

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11 Comments

  1. January 27, 2020 / 8:42 am

    As you said holidays are tough with kids but we have 3 too and trying to satisfy all their individual wants and needs can be tough.

    It’s there holiday too really says it all actually, I’d not really thought of it like that x

    • January 27, 2020 / 9:10 am

      You kind of hit the nail on the head, what it all comes down to is realising what your needs are, the options you have for your children and tackling it all with a good state of mind. Great post.

  2. January 27, 2020 / 12:26 pm

    Some great tips here. We struggled with only one at times so you’ve done amazing to survive family holidays with 3 of them lol

  3. January 27, 2020 / 2:33 pm

    Some great tips here. I’ve just checked out Codesium as never heard of it before and looks like there are some really good savings on there. I’ve booked marked it for later as planning a getaway soon.

  4. January 27, 2020 / 8:48 pm

    We went away last year to Paris as just the four of us which was lovely. This year 16 of us went to Greece (adults and kids), my kids loved it, I barely saw them! Perhaps because there is the four of us and my two are older we don’t always need lots of people around us but when they were younger it’s definitely safety in numbers!

  5. January 28, 2020 / 8:23 am

    I can’t imagine it’s the easiest planning a hiding for all three of them, but it’s great they are close in age. So any activities you may look into will be good for all of them. We always go with family, its fun but they can help so much.

  6. January 28, 2020 / 9:27 pm

    Holidaying with kids is hard! I definitely agree with relaxing the rules. Go with the flow and enjoy yourselves! Personally, I like going just as a family though. The extra pair of hands is handy if we holiday with others, but I like the one-on-one time we get with the children without ‘life’ getting in the way!

  7. January 28, 2020 / 9:53 pm

    We love my Mum coming on holiday with us. An extra pair of hands makes this easier for everyone.

  8. January 29, 2020 / 9:25 am

    I only have two kids, but I am one of three myself. We never stayed in any resorts or place with clubs, my parents always booked a cottage or some place to do self catering, and my mum would take along this big suitcase packed with books, boardgames and craft materials. Of course, this was waaay before iPads and such like. The most difficult thing as a family of 5 though, was being picked up eg when visiting friends or family. 5 people + a driver don’t all fit in one car!

  9. January 29, 2020 / 6:01 pm

    We normally travel with three or four and the one thing that drives me insane is the need for two rooms. It is not often we find somewhere that will take us all

  10. February 1, 2020 / 2:26 am

    These are some really good tips and I’ve often wondered what the logistics would be with a 3rd child as I have two boys at the moment. I’m sure loads will find this super useful

    Laura x