Kids Travel 2 Blog



On our second anniversary in May this year my husband and I found out we were expecting our first baby. Whilst the baby was in no way unplanned, it was still a surprise because it happened so quickly and as a result our plans to travel internationally towards the end of the year and create those final travel memories as just the two of us before we begun our family went straight out the window.

So here I find myself, 25 weeks pregnant with bump sitting in a sea view room over looking the South Devon coast. We've literally squeezed in this last weekend away before baby is born. It hasn't been a beautifully planned or timed babymoon. We booked it just yesterday evening when we rocked up to a reasonable, clean and comfy b&b in Bournemouth after a morning of meetings in Arundel and an afternoon meeting my husband's best friends new arrival. We started out from the Midlands on Thursday morning after my midwives appointment. We travelled to Crawley in West Sussex for a meeting with SkipHop to view their range of products for Baby and mum - we plan to launch a travelling with baby range next year. Then late afternoon we pressed onto to Brighton to meet Bill Brown, the company behind our best selling children's sleepover roll up mattress before rocking up to the Comfort Inn in Arundel early evening which we had again only booked the night before!

Our conversations along the journey have inevitably touched upon what travel we might be able to do and not do with baby. The truth is we have no clue. Whilst my husband is confident we'll travel to Europe at least twice next year when baby is 3 months and and later when baby is about 7 months, I'm not so sure because in truth I have no idea about travelling and what facilities are necessary when kids are in tow! 

So here I am mid afternoon having arrived at our 4* luxury spa hotel, relaxing in our babymoon sea view room at Thurleston Hotel reading through the guest information. I've just come accross 2 leaflets which inform me that the hotel caters for children. "Isn't this an adult only hotel?" I ask my husband a little confused. Pulling me out onto the balcony he shows me the children's play area outside the hotel. Then I remembered, as we walked into reception there were fishing nets for rock pooling alongside buckets and spades... It never crossed my mind that the paraphernalia was for kids! 

As for the guest information... Well that offers a baby listening service and packed lunches for days out which is great I can only imagine when you have children. 

And so for this baby moon I'm off to explore everything that's great for kids to do in and around Thurleston Hotel and maybe next year we'll be back with our 7 month old in tow feeling confident that this lovely spa hotel has everything we need to look after and entertain our new addition!

Magical Journey's Start Here

The children are back into school routines and it may seem like the summer holidays are a distant memory. Not to worry though, the half term holidays will soon be here.

Here at Kids Travel 2 our aim is to make traveling with children easier and with that in mind we're proud to launch our Disney & Marvel ranges by Samsonite & American Tourister. Both world class luggage brands have collaborated with Disney & Marvel to create high quality luggage for youngsters who travel.

The ranges have everything from suitcases, cabin luggage, backpacks to travel wash kit bags all designed for kids on the move.

We have the full collection in stock now so you can concentrate on planning that magical half term holiday!

If you have any questions email us at or give a call Monday-Friday 9am to 6pm and our team will be happy to help answer any queries or just give advice on what products are suitable for your trip.

Happy Travelling!

The Team @ Kids Travel 2


Hi From Kids Travel 2

In April this year my wife and I took the baton from previous owners Mark & Judith Groves. As expectant parents, we're excited about making life travelling with kids easier. Kids Travel 2 has been built into a great business, however, in 9 years since the original launch of, there has been lots of changes in how we shop online. Whether you are browsing on pc, laptop, mobile or tablets, we want your experience to be easy. After all as parents you have better things to do than worrying about where to find the best travel products for your kids. 

It's taken 6 months to rebuild the site, get our warehouse up and running and meet our suppliers. Finally, we want to take a moment to say "Hi" to our blog readers...

So "Hi" and thank you for your ongoing support.

We are delighted to be working with a number of world class brands. In particular  Samsonite, American Tourister and Skip Hop. We will be stocking their entire range of travel luggage for kids so watch out for new and exclusive products.

We also have number of new exciting brands which we will be announcing in the upcoming weeks.

In the meantime, we would love to hear from you as parents. The blog is a great place for you to share your advice, tips and tricks when travelling with kids. Feel free to contact us with your stories, recommendations and travel ideas as well as the funny stories you may have to tell that are part and parcel of travel with kids.

Happy travelling!

Dips & Parisha

Will My Suitcase Fit the Ryanair Cabin Baggage Rules?

We are asked quite a lot about whether our suitcases fit Ryanair Cabin Baggage allowance.  Ryanair are pretty strict with their guidelines – they even specify smaller sizes than the standard UK hand luggage guidelines drawn up by the Department for Transport:

Ryanair Cabin Baggage size:

Strictly one item of cabin baggage per passenger (excluding infants) weighing up to 10kg with maximum dimensions of 55cm x 40cm x 20cm is permitted. (handbag, briefcase, laptop, shop purchases, camera etc.) must be carried in your 1 permitted piece of cabin baggage.

Trunkis on Ryanair?  No Problem

We recently travelled to Barcelona on Ryanair and my daughter took her Trixie Trunkion as hand luggage.  We even spoke to Trunki who confirmed that although the measurements are slightly over they have never heard of a Trunki being refused as hand luggage by Ryanair.   Trunki can also personally vouch for this as the team flew to Ibiza last year with Ryanair and they all had Trunkis :)

If in doubt get a Ryanair approved size cabin bag

There’s something to be said for taking the worry out of travelling via Ryanair by choosing a bag that fits within their size guidelines and sticking with that.  We’ve shown you suitcases for children and this Cabin Zero cabin bag is a perfect one size fits all cabin bag requirements for adults.  Plus the fact its extremely lightweight meaning you can pack it to the max and get the most for your money.  It really is worth buying a bag like this if you’re going to be travelling Ryanair frequently.

How do Ryanair check the hand baggage size?

You’ll have to slot your suitcase, holdall or bag into one of Ryanair’s measuring cages.  If it fits you’re through and on.  If it doesn’t, well…  here’s what one group of young travellers did and am sure they are not the only ones to do this.

What happens if my bag is bigger?

Ryanair will refuse extra/oversized cabin baggage at the boarding gate.  You can place it in the hold of the aircraft for a fee of £40/€40. If you are unsure, check at the Bag Drop desk before going through security.

Avoid this hassle by checking our top tips here:

1.  Battle of the bulge.  

Be aware that unless your suitcase is a rigid, hard case it is liable to bulge out of the specified dimensions so take care not to over fill it.  There is some lea way with the box and cage check but you don’t want to push your luck too far!

2.  Keep it light

Don’t forget about the weight allowance  and be sure to make sure you don’t exceed it.  You can always wear heavier or bulkier items that you want to take like jeans, jackets or boots.

3.  Share

If you’re travelling as a group and all want to take hand baggage then don’t double up on things you can share like toiletries and hair dryers.  If space is a premium you can always buy cheap items when you arrive at your destination

4.  Use your child’s allowance

Children under the age of 2 are classified as infants and do not qualify for a cabin baggage allowance.  Older children do so make the most of this by giving them their own trolley suitcase, holdall or rucksack to carry on.

5.  Use straps

If your luggage has straps, buckles and belts be sure to use them to hold things in place and keep your luggage within the guideline dimensions set by Ryanair – don’t overfill external pockets and pouches to push your baggage over the limits.

You can see our selection of Ryanair Cabin Baggage including suitcases, rucksacks on wheels and holdalls.  For details of what you are allowed to carry in your hand baggage see our article on hand luggage guidelines

5 Best Toddler Suitcases

We’re often asked what the best suitcase is for a toddler.   In my experience of selling suitcases for children since 2006 there are certain winning criteria to look out for when choosing your case.  If you can get these right you’re off to a good start.  Here’s what we recommend you look out for followed by our top picks of suitcases for toddlers.

Tip 1.  Looking Good 

First up it’s got to look good  to really grab your child’s interest.  Particularly true if you want your child to help out with towing the case.  Make sure you pick a case with real wow factor.

Tip 2.  Does it do the job?

There’s no point having a good looking suitcase if all you can fit in it is a pair of socks and a book.   If you’re after a proper suitcase with room for clothes for a week then make sure you check the capacity.  If it’s a fun case to play with or you just need room for a change of clothes for an overnight stay then you can compromise on the capacity.

Tip 3.  Remember that quality really does matter…

Personally I’d rather buy a suitcase that is robust enough to withstand the knocks and bangs of travelling with a toddler than have to keep forking out for a new one each time you go away anywhere.  Choose a hard suitcase made of ABS or sturdy PU if you want to protect belongings.  If you’re choosing a case made of polyester make sure its heavy duty material.  If you can, check out the zips, buckles and fastenings – are they good quality and likely to last?

Tip 4 … and size

Size matters if you’re flying and want a cabin bag.  Have you checked your airline’s cabin bag guidelines (you can do that here) and does your case fit?  Remember wheels and handles are included as part of the airline size restrictions.

Find these tips useful?  We have plenty more tips here on choosing the right suitcase for your child but for now here is our round up of the 5 best toddler suitcases….

1. Trunki

Why we like them:

  • Show a child a Trunki and they’ll be off – riding it, pulling it, opening it – playing with it.  This just speaks for itself
  • As well as their fab quirky appeal they are robust & hard wearing
  • Good capacity and lightweight (see our video in this feature here on cabin baggage versus checked luggage where we look at what you can get in a Trunki)
  • Cabin friendly

Take a closer look at the Trunki range >>


2.  Samsonite Sammies


Why we like them:

  • Samsonite are good quality suitcase manufacturers – this is a real suitcase, not a toy
  • If you’re after visual appeal the Samsonite Sammies funny face range have definately got it
  • Bags of space for a week’s holiday and more
  • Fab range of co-ordinating Samsonite Sammie rucksacks for day trips etc


3.  Capt’n Sharky Pirate Suitcase

Why we like it:

  • Fabulous attention to detail – chunky shark zipper pulls, nautical stripes & traditional silky red lining
  • Superb quality from German manufacturer Spiegelburg
  • A proper little boy’s trolley suitcase – just like mum and dad!
  • Cabin friendly


 4.  Skip Hip Trolley Suitcases

Why we like them:

  • Funky modern designs which appeal to parents and children alike
  • Lightweight with good capacity
  • Useful shoulder strap for carrying when your young traveller tires of wheeling the case
  • Great selection of co-ordinating rucksacks, lunch bags & safety reins to team up with

Take a closer look at the Skip Hop range >>


5.  Luggo

Why we like it:

  • Luggo definately has that stand out wow factor
  • Lots of quirky features that kids love like flashing wheels (no batteries required) & useful internal dividing sections for storing pens etc
  • Very versatile – it’s a rucksack and a trolley case in one – love how the backpack straps retract into the back of the bag as you extend the trolley handle

Phew!  Don’t forget if you’re in a quandry or not sure which case is the best for the child you have in mind we’re happy to help and advise.  Just get in touch – that’s what we’re here for!



Free Kids Travel Activity – I Spy in the Car

With the Easter holidays fast approaching and day trips or longer undoubtedly planned with the kids we thought you might find this free downloadable car activity useful.  Our son loves playing this whenever we are in the car so we often pull these together for him.


Is your bag suitable for EasyJet?

When Easyjet changed it’s guaranteed cabin bag size last year to 50cm x 40 x 20 it caused some consternation and we had lots of queries about our cabin bags.

I think the confusion arose over the word guaranteed.

You can still take bags up to 56cm x 45 x 25 but on a full flight you may be told it has to go in the hold.

Many people were concerned that they would be asked to pay for this but it will be done free of charge- the only cost to the passenger is the extra time waiting for baggage retrieval.

When we travelled to Portugal on a full flight we were fine and no one questioned or even looked at our hand luggage.

I had a long conversation with a very worried Mother who had bought one of our Vaude Bags for her young daughter which was 1 cm too high. She was really anxious that it would be taken away from her daughter at the gate which would have caused much distress! Particularly as it was stuffed full of things to occupy her on the journey.

They called on their return and said it had been absolutely fine- Phew!! Since then Vaude have reduced the size of the bags by 2 cm- so no problem

We have a large choice of cabin bags for children and adults alike- from the ever popular CabinZero Bag.

To our lovely Samsonite Jazz Range as well as a great choice of Roxy Bags all of which comply with these regulations.


Choosing the Family Holiday - How do you do it?

When the children were little choosing the family holiday seemed simple as their needs took priority over everyone else’s.  Or that is how it seemed!!

It was clear the facilities that they needed and they topped the list when choosing a hotel/cottage/ resort and even country. With so many companies aimed at catering for Tots you are now well served with lots of helpful advice and properties checked for safety and facilities. All inclusives often have the option of child care if yours are happy to go.

As the kids have got older I have found it harder rather than easier. As an active family I need to ensure there are activities for my husband as well as the kids but at the same time make sure that any activities offered are also suitable for them.

Researching the perfect holiday can be a time-consuming task, and finding a holiday that will satisfy the whole family  can be challenging. Kids and parents often have entirely different ideas when it comes to their holiday ‘wish list’ and even the strongest of relationships can be tested when it comes to deciding where to spend those well earned weeks away from the office!

I have spent many a happy hour working my way through websites looking for the perfect place at the right price. Here again AI are great and there seem to be options for all budgets. For me it is just a case of avoiding those with endless animators trying to get us to join in!

One particular advantage with 3 kids is endless food on tap at all times of the day no worries about the expense of the food at the pool bar or the ridiculously small portions. Those that miss breakfast can just join in for the mid morning snack or in some cases lunch!!

Purist would argue it is not real travel but each family to its own.

There is now another option designed to help which I came across from Neilson. They have an app called Pack it up Pack it in and I thought it was quite good.


You simply pop the holiday ‘elements’ you feel most suit you and your family into your virtual suitcase – choosing from tennis rackets, kids’ clubs and bikinis to skis, sailing, spas and more. Using this information, Neilson will help you select the perfect beach or winter sports holiday destination together with flights, hotel and activities to suit your needs by calibrating your preferences. Decision making done, now all you need to do is pack!

And talking of packing don’t forget here at Kidstravel2 we have a fantastic range of kids (and adults) luggage perfect for whatever type of break you choose.

Great activity holidays for the whole family.

With Christmas over my thoughts turn to holidays.

 As a family we have always had a passion for sports and activity holidays and always made a point of finding a place where we could all be entertained. We tried beach holidays and found my husband would go crazy after the first day of inactivity. It was invariably too hot or not hot enough for the kids so then they got bored!!

 Perversely the kids hated the idea of getting up early to be dragged off (their words) to visit something or somewhere. It became clear then that we needed to find places where there was lots on offer for the whole family.

 With this in mind I was interested to read about a company called Health and Fitness travel who offer a wide range of activity holidays for Families. They have outlined below some of their suggestions for sporting and activity holidays which cater for the whole family

 Best for Sport with Swimming: Thailand Thanyapura  


Escape to tropical Thailand for a luxury activity holiday where there’s guaranteed fun for all the family. Keep the kids active in the children’s Tree Club, and watch them excel in the sport they love with a variety of training camps and activities. After a tough day of running, swimming, tennis, rugby and circuit training, scoop up the kids and hear all about their wonderful day with new friends. Great for an all-round family fitness holiday, improve your swimming technique with lessons from the qualified instructors in the 50m Olympic swimming pool, before heading to the beach for a family game of volleyball.

 Best for Horse Riding: Portugal The Oitavos Horse Riding  


Learn to ride on a healthy family activity holiday in Portugal, boasting an Equestrian Centre with 230 stables, complete with an outdoor and indoor riding school. With professional instructors, all levels can enjoy lessons on this healthy break, so while the kids are learning the basics you can ride off with the experts. There are also large areas for hacking, enabling beginners to get more used to their surroundings while those more advanced can enjoy a leisurely ride around. After a morning ride, sample some of the other activities on offer, from tennis to biking and golf to surfing, on your healthy family holiday.


Best for Tennis: Antigua Carlisle Bay  


Escape to the Caribbean for a fun-filled family sports holiday where everyone can improve their tennis technique on one of nine available courts. Whether you’re a budding beginner or an expert on the court, enjoy six private tennis lessons with a professional instructor on this healthy break and while the children are busy at the kids club, unleash your competitive side in the hotel’s round robins competition. After a morning playing tennis, add a splash of variety to your tennis holiday and head to the water to enjoy complimentary water sports, ranging from windsurfing to snorkelling and water skiing to paddle boarding.


Best for Surfing: Morocco Paradis Plage 


Ride the waves in Morocco on a family water sports holiday where everyone can hit the water and learn to surf. Whether your family have never surfed before or are experienced water babies, there are lessons available for all ages and abilities so that everyone can get the most out of this active break. While the kids try their hand at sports and arts activities with the kids club, mix up your healthy holiday with a beachside yoga class or beach circuit training. Make time for family holiday fun with mountain biking, paddle boarding and kayaking before unwinding at the luxury spa.


Best for Multi-Activity: St Lucia The BodyHoliday WellFit Families  

Enjoy action-packed days in the Caribbean on a five star all-inclusive luxury family holiday where all the family can enjoy a host of activities. Raise the stakes and compete against each other in the parent vs children competitions, including volleyball and beach-a-thons, or cook up a storm together in the healthy family cooking classes. With activities ranging from snorkelling to scuba diving, windsurfing to water skiing and cycling to sailing; everyone will be able to try something new and find an activity they enjoy on this family active holiday.


Best for Golf: Cyprus Aphrodite Hills 

Discover this award-winning holiday in Portugal, where there’s loads to do for all the family, including learning to play golf. Experienced players can head straight for the 18 hole championship golf course, while those less experienced can learn everything about golf from the three PGA instructors at the academy. With lessons available for all ages and abilities, you can enjoy group sessions with the whole family on this activity holiday, or one-to-one lessons for something more private. After a day on the course and the little ones at the kids club, make the most of this luxury spa retreat and unwind with a choice of holistic treatments.


Best for Skiing: Switzerland The Alpina Gstaad 


Hit the slopes in Switzerland on a luxury skiing holiday and enjoy new ways to keep the family fit and healthy. Whether the kids are beginners or experienced slope sliders, there are on-site instructors available to help them improve, and while they’re learning a new skill mum and dad can have fun flying down the mountains. For alternative ways to enjoy the scenery on this wellness holiday, get the family together and go rock climbing or hiking. Once the children are at the kids club, head to one of the group classes with activities ranging from Tai Chi to Pilates.


 Best for Football: St Vincent Buccament Bay  


Pack your boots and jet off to the Caribbean for an active family holiday that includes a Liverpool Football Club soccer school, available all year round. Featuring master classes from professionals (with John Barnes and Ronnie Whelan having previously visited) the whole family can enjoy personalised training sessions and group matches to keep active on this healthy sports holiday.

If you’re looking for a change of scenery, let the kids enjoy a kick about while you indulge in the holistic spa therapies, including bath rituals and ESPA body massages to help aid relaxation.



Best for Land & Water Sports: Bali: Grand Mirage 


The perfect destination for a fun-filled activity holiday, it doesn’t get much better than Bali for a family friendly healthy escape. With an idyllic beach front setting and wide array of water sports available, hit the beach and try out your water skills with paddle boating, boogie boarding, kayaking and windsurfing. Keep active on dry land with activities from tennis to basketball and billiards to archery for a fitness holiday everyone can participate in. While your mini-me hunts for treasure and plays mini soccer at the Bamboo kids club, enhance your well-being with daily group yoga classes and lifestyle classes from cooking to painting.


Best for Mountain Biking & Windsurfing: Portugal:  Martinhal Luxury Beach Resort 


Discover the best of Portugal with mountain biking and windsurfing on an active family adventure holiday, suitable for all ages. Make the most of this healthy retreat’s award-winning and highly popular windsurfing academy, with lessons available for all ages and abilities. Meanwhile, with a varied selection of TREK bikes, keen mountain bikers of all sizes can kick up the dust, allowing you to reach new heights as a family and explore your beautiful surroundings in style. After an active day, indulge in the luxury spa treatments while the children have fun at one of the seven kids clubs and five sports academies.


For advice, guidance and booking visit or call 0203 397 8891





About Health and Fitness Travel

Health and Fitness Travel is a global luxury wellness travel company that originated in the UK in 2010 and is committed to providing healthy holidays that enhance and change lives. Created by Paul Joseph and Adam Heathcote as a result of their passion for health and fitness travel and offering bespoke holidays to improve people’s well-being to lead happier and healthier lives.


Health and Fitness Travel offers clients a tailor-made seamless service with the very best health and fitness holidays, handpicked by its expert team, together with exclusive and added value packages with the best deals. As leading specialists, Health and Fitness Travel has also created their own collection of trademark healthy holidays in various destinations which include Fusion Fitness™ BodyBreaks™ and Discover Recover™, offering clients the best value and holiday experience. For more information visit:

Back to School

I cannot believe I am writing this when it feels like the holidays have barely begun but ‘Back to School Fever’ is upon us again!

What are your top tips for easing back into school after a, hopefully relaxing, summer?

It seems to me that whether teenager or toddler getting those sleep patterns back is the biggest thing! Slowly reintroducing set bedtime routines and gently preparing our offspring for the year ahead can be a major challenge- I might start now !!!

We like to think you will all be thinking of ditching last years bag and investing in a brand new one for the coming year.

We’ve tried to stock a wide range of backpacks  for kid of all ages and would love you to come and browse.

I am especially happy with our new Roxy range for that discerning teenager who is sometimes a little forgotten.

 But we haven’t neglected the little ones and I have just restocked our Skip Hop range which all the kids love.

So whatever you are looking for visit the website but in the meantime enjoy the summer.

Happy Holidays!

One week, one CabinZero Bag

If you follow my twitter and Facebook feeds you will know that I am a notorious over packer!! I scour the internet for packing tips that I can share but so far have not followed myself!

On our recent family holiday to Portugal I decided I had to practice what I preach and travel with hand luggage alone- scary!!

First thing was to choose the bag, we have a big selection of cabin bags on the website but I finally went with a Hot Pink CabinZero bag.

This was mainly due to the soft sides as I felt I could more easily stuff things in- purely psychological I know! Also it has lots of pockets for things like passports etc. We were travelling with Easyjet so I could not take a handbag as well. (But did pack a small one inside)

The next was to decide what I really needed to take rather than what I wanted to take i.e. the entire contents of my summer wardrobe to give me lots of choice! This necessitated working out what I thought we would be doing.

Realistically we eat in the apartment at least half the time on a holiday- I like the shopping for ingredients and the lazy vibe to the evening. This does not need dressing up for and if I wear the same thing 2 nights in a row well the fashion police will never know.

Eating out is casual so keep to a couple of pairs of casual trousers with tops that can be worn with both (This was excessive- I could have got away with one pair plus the pair I travelled in) – but shoes, how many to take?? Solved that one by buying a nice pair of slipper shoes to go with anything, practical but feminine.

During the day we would be playing golf and tennis plus some walking. This was the challenge!! Sports clothes are ok as they are quite lightweight and I checked that we could wash if necessary. Golf tops and tennis tops are interchangeable so no problem there. The issue was footwear. Solved by wearing trainers on the plane and checked that you could hire golf shoes at the course, far cheaper than the cost of a hold bag. Similarly with equipment, all was available to hire/borrow at the hotel.

Finally I weaned myself off taking my own hairdryer- why do I always to this when there is usually a perfectly good one provided! Also conceded that my hair could survive on week of being washed with hotel shampoo and that Countries with sun have a huge supply of suntan lotions often at better prices, so why pack a heavy toilet bag.

The last thing to go in was the Kindle! No holiday with hand luggage can be achieved without an e-reader especially for a voracious reader like myself.

So how did I manage? Absolutely fine and I came back with things I had not worn!! So for all you over packers out there it can be done!!

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