Brothers happy on holiday

Surviving holiday meltdowns from the kids can sometimes put a dampener on a family holiday, it can also be stressful. However, my kids have meltdowns at home too! This is why I still go exploring as no matter where we are, as tantrums can happen anywhere. But is there anything we can do to prevent them?

Surviving Holiday Meltdowns

Travelling While pregnant

Take Breaks

When out on holiday our days can be pretty full-on compared to back home. I find taking regular stops will mean the kids can have some downtime to eat, play or just rest. Sometimes we head out in the morning and come back late afternoon to just chill. This works well for my boys. However, you know your kids best so do what you know works for them.

Stick to routine baby sleeping


Okay, so even though we sometimes pack our day pretty full, I still try to keep to a routine that I know works. This for us is morning break, lunch, and if my youngest needs a nap then I make sure he gets one. We then have an afternoon break and then dinner.

Eating food


Always carry food with you. If you see your little ones getting grumpy, then give them a snack. If you are out for a full day then make sure you carry enough snacks to keep them going.

Gluten and Milk Free Snacks for children

Praise The Good Behaviour

If your children are behaving then make it worth it; take them for ice cream (I wish both boys could have this!), let them pick a toy or souvenir etc. It will mean the world to your children that you have noticed their good behaviour and hopefully they will continue to behave for the rest of the day/holiday.

Toddler at Chester Zoo

Make It Fun

While on holiday I try to pick activities that everyone will enjoy. Sometimes our activities are more geared towards the adults but more than often they are kids friendly. This includes going to the beach, the zoo, out for a bike ride, theme park. The list is endless. Making holiday activities fun for your child(ren) will more than likely make them behave.

Sad child in the park, outdoor, summer to fall

And If They Have A Tantrum?

….take them out of the situation. Let them calm down. Try talking to them…it all depends on what works best for your child. I find taking my boys away from the situation and then ignoring the tantrum, calms them down a lot quicker than talking to them. However, if you know you can talk your child out of it then go for it. Quicker they calm down the quicker the fun can continue! Oh and try and ignore the stares!

Family Travel With Ellie has a great post for everything you need for a successful family holiday over on their blog if you wish to read more information.

Have any of your children ever had a holiday meltdown? What are your top tips for surviving holiday meltdowns?

Top tips for surviving holiday meltdowns

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About Author

I have always had an interest in travel and now I have My two boys I want them to see more than just the UK. I hope to give advice and tips to other parents who are anxious about travelling with their children.

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  1. Great tips Sam. I completely agree, several breaks ( (usually involving ice-cream) help us and them and lots of snacks are definitely a must! Thanks for linking to #familytraveltips. Pinned, tweeted, FB and flipped!

    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes breaks are great…i just hope one day our youngest can have ice cream with us too. Until then a stock pile of his special chocolate works 😀 x

  2. Brilliant post, some really good tips for avoiding tantrums. You’re right though, they happen anywhere so they shouldn’t stop us from doing anything. Naps are the key for us too. Thanks so much for linking up to #familytraveltips.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes naps and down time work well for our boys. Trying to fit so much into a short space of time can make our boys very cranky. X

  3. My daughter famously (in my family) had a meltdown in the Kremlin, Moscow. No nap, you see. Always a danger, is missing the nap. We plied her with sweets, didn’t make her do the churches and by the time we got to the ice creams, she was happy again. I do agree the trick is not to give up on doing things, but you do have to take the small people into account.

    1. Thank you for your comment. Yes missing naps can cause tantrums here too. Our youngest still needs one nap but if there is a lot going on he will try keep himself awake and it can cause him to be very grumpy and teary. Yes totally agree with taking them into account. ☺

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