How bubble wrap and a roll of Sellotape has saved me £100s on family holidays

Whenever my family and I go anywhere on holiday these days, as soon as we get to the airport and get out the car we have a bit of a kerbside ritual. My wife grabs a large roll of Sellotape, my six-year-old son and four-year-old daughter lay two giant sheets of bubble wrap down on the pavement, and we get to work. It sounds a bit Blue Peter – and gets us a few odd stares. But over the past few years it’s saved us £100s...


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  • WestinWestin Forumite
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    I think this is known as "Click Bait"....but it worked on me as I was curious.

    Our kid's are in their twenties now and we were doing this when they were tots so I am not sure it is a new thing. Just seemed like a sensible thing to do when travelling, for cost and the baby's comfort.

    If we bought a seat on the flight it came in the cabin with us and doubled as a seat for the infant.

    As the kids out grew their child car seats we took their booster seats away in much the same manner as described.

    Spoiler Alert - In case you haven't yet guessed and don't want to act on the Click Bait - it's about taking your own child car seat away on holiday, and wrapping it up for the journey.
  • KatiehoundKatiehound Forumite
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    Whatever- it's also very handy to have bubblewrap (weighs nothing) and tape so you can bring back something on the fragile side in your case.
    Or to stop bottles clinking!!:beer:
    Being polite and pleasant doesn't cost anything!
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  • richardwrichardw Forumite
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    Grandparents have saved even more on holidays.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
  • cubegamecubegame Forumite
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    It's not very MSE to promote the fact that airlines are discriminating against those of us who don't have car seats by not charging for them
  • WestinWestin Forumite
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    cubegame wrote: »
    It's not very MSE to promote the fact that airlines are discriminating against those of us who don't have car seats by not charging for them

    :rotfl: You can have our kid’s old one as I think it is still languishing in a corner of our garage. Feel free to take it on your next flight to get your moneys worth.
  • CuidadosaCuidadosa Forumite
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    Where do you recommend to get cheap bubble wrap?
  • jackieblackjackieblack Forumite
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    Katiehound wrote: »
    Whatever- it's also very handy to have bubblewrap (weighs nothing) and tape so you can bring back something on the fragile side in your case.
    I do this too
    And a small (shoe box sized) cardboard box :D
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  • TakmonTakmon Forumite
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    I've saved even more money by not having to buy bubble wrap or Sellotape.... do many people actually bother wrapping car seats up?
  • spadooshspadoosh Forumite
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    Takmon wrote: »
    I've saved even more money by not having to buy bubble wrap or Sellotape.... do many people actually bother wrapping car seats up?

    I got bored quickly, is that what the bubble wrap is for, wrapping the seats? I thought they where making car seats out of bubble wrap.
  • unforeseenunforeseen Forumite
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    When I read the first post I thought that they were bubble-wrapping the kids to put them in the hold.
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