Taking the kids on a family holiday is an experience that is stressful, exciting and also very enjoyable. Making memories on a perfect holiday in a great destination is a fantastic experience which every family should try and do at least once a year, whether abroad or in your home country. When it comes to making sure that everything runs smoothly when you take your kids on holiday, we’ve got a few great tips to help you out.
Find a Family-Friendly Resort
Finding a family friendly holiday resort should be a priority when you take your kids on a getaway. There are many hotels, apartment complexes, holiday cottages, villas, caravans and even glamping sites that are child-friendly and welcome families. Family-friendly resorts are also much more likely to provide children’s entertainment, have play facilities such as a kid’s pool and play area, and there’ll also be other families staying at the resort so you can be sure that your kids will never be short of new friends to make and someone to play with. Click here for more information on child friendly holidays.
If you’re taking your children to a hot holiday destination, their safety in the sun is paramount. The sun’s harmful rays can be even more dangerous to sensitive young skin, which is why it’s important that you take enough sunscreen to last you and your kids for the whole duration of the trip. It’s also good to find out where you can buy extra sunscreen in the area, in case you run out or a bottle gets accidentally left somewhere. You should always buy the strongest factor of sunscreen, or even better – get sunscreen which is especially designed for kids to ensure that they have the best protection. Sun hats, sunglasses, and loose-fitting clothes which cover little shoulders and legs should definitely be priority items on your packing list.
Preparing for a flight and holiday with your kids can often be quite stressful. Reduce the stress by creating a list of everything that you need to get and do before you leave, so that you know that you haven’t missed anything important out. Make two lists for packing – one for your hold luggage, and another for your cabin luggage. If you’re going on a long flight, you might find that it’s a good idea to use one of your cabin luggage bags for toys and other items to help keep your kids occupied whilst you’re on the way to your destination. If you’re worried about your children becoming bored or irritable on the flight, taking an iPod or tablet computer with children’s games and apps that don’t need an internet connection downloaded on it is a great idea. Alternatively, you could download films for them to watch, and take along some headphones. If you’re splitting one device between a few kids, a headphone splitter device is a great idea.
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