Sicily 2018 and packing for holidays with kids!
It wasn’t a hard choice heading back to this paradise a year later. We have been to Torre Marabino countless times before and every trip is uniquely magical. Travelling with a two year old can be daunting, the hours travelling, finding the right facilities that can accommodate the needs of a young child and finding a place that make his parents happy too can be impossible at times. We have definitely found a winning combination here whilst visiting Sicily.
As usual the food here is superb, beautifully presented making use of the organic produce available. It’s an experience within itself. The close proximity to Malta and easy travelling by Catamaran makes this an easy choice for a short break with kids. The Staff at Torre Marabino is also magnificent. They go out of their way to accommodate the needs of all the family and they really made our stay a memorable one.
The day trips we took had to be short car rides because of little Leo. We visited Scicli on our first day and then headed for some shopping at a mall close to Ragusa. The next day we visited the charming fishing village of Marzamemi. A truly picturesque little village with little houses and very colourful doors. The boutiques there are also an amazing find. You can easily see their distinct style is a very colourful combination of Mediterranean influences. On our last day we managed to visit an art exhibition whilst in Noto and took the time to stroll around and take some pictures.
Adapting to the changes of a growing family whilst travelling is always interesting. You learn new things every time but I am most certain that Leo can appreciate the experience just as much as we do. Holidaying with Children is not about relaxation; it’s about making memories and having adventures. I think it’s always wise to start with short distances and easy travel arrangements before taking the leap and going further. Testing out what sort of holidays really work for you and your family make the trips easier and more pleasurable. That and trying to be very organised! I have a standard packing list, to which I add on according to baby’s growing needs. The list is down in my notebook and I always go back to it each time I need to pack for a trip, so I don’t have to go over a new list every single time. I make sure to take medicine that would cover fever, colds and flu and I also like to take his health file with the list of vaccines he has had just in case, God forbid we ever need to go to hospital. Also always check the weather forecast so you can pack clothing according to season. With kids you always need to take extra, those little Munchkins can get dirty quickly so you need to have a change of clothes available at all time. Children also get bored quickly so make sure you have plenty of tricks up your sleeve. Pack plenty of toys and have some activity ideas to keep them busy. I also try to pack snacks for the duration of the trip. Sounds basic but they are good reminders that planning ahead never fails to make things easier. We have a trip to England planned soon so any tips or suggestions are highly appreciated. Weather you have a holiday planned this year or not, weather you are going somewhere near or far, weather it’s a short trip or a long one, I hope you find ways to enjoy this summer season making some new adventure with your loved ones.