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One of the best things about being a parent is seeing the look on your child’s face when you tell them you’re going on holiday. Building sandcastles, eating ice creams and splashing about in the pool sounds idyllic, but for some, going on holiday with children can seem like a daunting and stressful experience, so here are some top tips to help things go swimmingly.
Planning the perfect family holiday with the kids
Plan your journey
Whether you’re planning on driving, flying or catching a boat you need to plan ahead.
Driving can be great if you need to take a lot of stuff, but make sure you know how long it’s likely to take and plan for loo stops. The last thing you want to do is turn up at midnight because you didn’t leave early enough.
If you’re flying make sure you pack everything you’re going to need for the flight in your hand luggage. Also, check with the airline to see if you can take your pushchair onto the plane. Some airlines make you check pushchairs into the hold, so you might need to take a baby carrier too.
Boats and children can make for a very sicky journey. If you don’t want to ply your child with seasickness medication then try acupressure bands. Also, make sure you take plenty of plastic bags and bottles of water just in case.
Whatever mode of transport you take, make sure you stock up on snacks and drinks, and download a few games and films onto your tablet. Long gone are the days of Eye Spy and travel Ludo.
Make sure you take a real great travel stroller with you
Pick the right accommodation
Package holidays might not be everyone’s cup of tea but they’re great if you’ve got children.
A lot of the resorts have Kids Clubs and crèches so you can have a bit of a break while your little ones are being entertained. Thompson has a selection of special family resorts that have parent and baby facilities, large family rooms, soft play areas and kids’ pools. First Choice is currently offering free child places which are well worth a look if you’re on a budget.
Away from the package deals you’re better off going for self-catering facilities like apartments or villas rather than hotels. That way you’ll have a proper living space to relax in and a kitchen area to prepare meals. It’s also a great way to keep costs down, as you won’t be forking out for breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
Don’t forget to pack the essentials
Wherever you travel, remember to take all the medical supplies you might need, including plasters, antibacterial wipes, Calpol, antihistamines, Savlon etc. If you don’t already have one, it’s a good idea to invest in a small first aid kit. You never know when you might need a bandage.
Take kids’ suntan lotion. I know you can buy sunscreen abroad but the kids’ stuff isn’t always available and it can be a lot pricier than in the UK. If you’re going somewhere especially hot, throw in some sun block too.
A portable potty always comes in handy, especially on a long car journey. You might not always be able to find a loo and you don’t want any accidents before your holiday really begins.
A camera. You can never take too many photos of your family holiday. If it’s got a video function too, even better.
Take music and games
Load you iPod or MP3 player with music for the whole family and invest in some cheap speakers. Small board games, cards and beach sets don’t have to take up too much room but you might find them invaluable if the weather’s a bit grim.
It is a holiday after all.
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