This is a guest post by Anne from the lovely blog to simply be… Or not to be. She writes about finding space, calm and beauty in everyday life and has a rather extraordinary hobby she enjoys with her whole family: concert traveling! With her wealth of experience, I asked her for some tips:

Traveling with children is often considered stressful and from what I have heard, the destination should be fairly well thought over before making a decision to travel with kids at all. I’ve heard of tens of parents, who have postponed or completely cancelled a dream trip because they have small children and traveling with them would just make the dream trip impossible.

In fact, when seven years ago I was pregnant, and we were planning a dream trip to see a favourite band play three concerts in Netherlands (a three-hour flight away from our home country Finland), I got plenty of well-meaning advice from fellow mothers to stop dreaming of such things, because traveling to a big rock concert with a 3 month old would just be absolute madness, no-one would enjoy it and it would traumatise everyone.

Since our now-seven-year boy was born, we’ve made three trips to see the same band in different countries – all of them consisting of three consecutive nights of full on rock concerts with thousands of viewers, big stages, big lights, big music, and our little family. And I’d be willing to bet in a year’s time when the next opportunity comes, we’ll be off again – concert traveling can be fun for the whole family. It helps to prepare for the trip, and here is my advice on how to make concert travel fun for everybody involved.

What you might find helpful to take with you to the concert:

  • Ear protection, preferably for the whole family, is the most important thing. Along with your tickets, this’ll save the night for everybody.
  • Some form of sling, rucksack or other carrying device for your child. This helps in many ways: you’ll know where your child is. The children will feel safe when they’re close to their parents. They can see better. They can fall asleep safely. And the device will free your hands and help your back along the way.
  • Snacks, as no snacks means no fun. A concert in late in the evening when one is hungry is hardly enjoyable even for an adult. If you can, take snacks to the concert. It makes time go by while you’re waiting around, and keeps everybody in a good mood. And then, if your child happens to fall asleep in the middle of the concert, he’ll have had his evening snack and will probably sleep better until the morning.
  • A soft toy, if your child likes to sleep with one. It’ll be a wonderful experience for the soft toy to get to a big concert. You’ll talk about it years afterwards. The child will have a piece of ‘home’ with him, and will feel safer in a new and huge place. And once he gets sleepy, he can use the toy as a pillow against your shoulder.

You can read more tips from Anne for concert travelling next week!