Are you a mum planning a trip to Fiji with your little ones? The excitement of a family vacation is undeniable, but there’s no denying the extra considerations that come with travelling with kids. Fortunately, the wonderful community at Mums of the Shire has compiled a treasure trove of invaluable tips and recommendations to make your Fiji adventure smooth sailing. From health supplies to clever hacks, we’ve got you covered. So, pack your bags, grab your sunscreen, and get ready for a tropical getaway that your family will cherish forever!
List of Recommendations:
When travelling with kids, it’s crucial to be prepared for any unexpected illnesses. Make sure to pack your own thermometer and essential medications like Panadol and hydrolyte to ensure you can address any health concerns promptly. Don’t forget your regular medications, and consider packing gastro medication (if suitable for your child), disposable swim nappies, and bottle cleaning equipment.
Stroller and UV Cover
If you have a young one in tow, consider bringing a travel stroller with a UV cover. It provides a comfortable and shaded spot for your baby to rest during the hot Fijian days. A travel pram allows you to take your little ones all the way to the plane and store the pram in the overhead luggage. You can also bring a full-size stroller but you may have to check it in when you arrive at the check in desk.
Sunscreen and Mosquito Spray
Fiji’s tropical climate means plenty of sun and mosquitoes. Pack sunscreen and mosquito spray to keep your family protected, especially during the evenings when the bugs are most active. Pack mosquito patches, plug-in mosquito repellers for your accommodations, and establish a routine of closing windows and doors in the early evening to keep mosquitoes out.
Blow Up Pool Toys
Grab some affordable blow-up pool toys from a store like Kmart before you go. Once you’re done with them, leave them behind for other families to enjoy or donate them to the resort.
Zip Lock Bags & Tupperware
Stock up at breakfast! Grab snacks for the kids to get them through until lunch such as pastries, sandwiches, fresh fruit and crackers. Zip lock bags are versatile for packing snacks and breakfast foods. They’re great for storing fruit and bread, which can be handy for on-the-go snacking throughout the day. Alternatively pack full size tupperware containers (they take up more room in the suitcase but you can use them to store items that could get squashed during the plane trip) as they will keep your food fresher and less chance of getting squashed.
Backpack for kids
If you plan on sending your little one to kids club then make sure you bring a little bag that you can send them with that includes essentials such as their water, snacks, hat nappies and sunscreen.
Take advantage of kids eating free around the pool with a paying meal. Pre-book your dinners early, as some restaurants can fill up quickly.
Entertainment and treats
Keep your kids entertained during the trip with items like iPads and familiar snacks like tiny teddies and granola bars. Having familiar snacks can be a lifesaver on day trips.
Bula Bus Pass
Purchase a 5-day Bula bus pass for convenient and affordable transportation. Consider dining at restaurants down at the port for delicious meals that won’t break the bank (eating at the resort is definitely more expensive).
If you plan on snorkelling, bring your own mask and snorkel. The ones provided in Fiji may not be of the best quality.
Food and Snacks
Save money by packing essentials like formula, instant noodles, macaroni and cheese, and a variety of snacks for your kids. Food prices can be high in Fiji, so having some of your own can be a budget-friendly option.
Travelling to Fiji with little ones can be an unforgettable experience for your family. Thanks to the collective wisdom of the Mums of the Shire community, you’re now armed with valuable tips and recommendations to ensure a smooth and enjoyable journey.
So, pack wisely, relax by the pool, and soak in the beauty of Fiji with your loved ones.