We set off on Monday the 6th of Feb to head towards our little 5 day staycation at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales. Isla and I drove up to Jess from Lilypod & Sweetpea’s house as she had offered to drive us all there. We left a little later than planned but got to Jess’ for about 12pm. As we couldn’t check in to the actual lodge till 4.30pm, we thought it would be better (coming on our own with 2 babies) to wait until the lodge was ready before arriving!
It felt like we had packed everything and the kitchen sink but we managed to fit everything into Jess’ car and set off.
As the lodges are self catering, we stopped off at a big supermarket to pick up some essentials. We planned 3 meals (stir fry, pasta bake and spaghetti bolognese), got the ingredients we needed for them, popped in some fruit and veg and also picked up some basics such as bread, milk, butter, PROSECCO etc. Of course we also threw in some snacks to make life a little bit more exciting. Hello crisps, malteasers and milky bar buttons!
I needed to get some bits and bobs for Isla as well, so got her milk formula, some organic snack puffs and a few Ella’s Kitchen meals. She usually has what I am having for dinner but the pouches are fab to have when out and about.
We were then back on the road again and making good time. It was supposed to take us just under 4 hours.
The babies were pretty good (minus a couple meltdowns) so I thought I’d quickly share some travel tips for car journeys…
If you can, and depending on how long the journey is, plan it around your child’s nap time. If they usually have a big sleep in the morning try and leave then, if it’s a long one in the afternoon, try and use that to your advantage. You know your child’s sleeping patterns best, try and let them help you. Of course, sometimes the sheer excitement/terror of being in the car is enough to keep them awake the whole time.