I’ve lost count of the number of nights I’ve been away from the comforts of my own home and bed during the past year. But it’s a sacrifice I’m willing to make when I can explore new places and enjoy new experiences with my family.
However, a good sleep is something I’m not willing to compromise on. As a mum of two under three-year-olds I might not get as much now as I’d like but it’s made me a bit of an expert at grabbing the best sleep I can when it’s available.
Fuel for sleep
Pack some snacks in your bag. Traveling can play havoc with your mealtimes and there’s nothing more distracting when you’re trying to sleep than a growling stomach. Put some cereal bars or fruit in your bag to subdue those hunger pangs.
Don’t be your own worst nightmare
At the same time as not wanting to go hungry, be mindful about what you’re eating and drinking while on the go. Alcohol, caffeine and spicy food can all mess up your sleep. You know your own weaknesses so don’t forget about them just because you are somewhere different.
Get a (good) room
When Tin Box Tot was 17-months-old I had an opportunity to have a night away. It was a long time since I had had an uninterrupted night’s sleep so I didn’t need to be asked twice. Unfortunately everything didn’t work out as planned because my room was right next to train tracks. Don’t be afraid to request a quiet room away from the street or hotel lifts.
Pack your sleep props
Plan ahead for your little travellers