Are you thinking of booking your first family holiday? If you have kids, getting away for a well-earned break can seem a little daunting – there’s so much to organise, and you might be a bit nervous of how your little ones will cope with travelling.
Here’s a handy guide on how to plan a family holiday that everyone will enjoy.
Consider the climate
Going on holiday to a really hot resort is not necessarily a great idea when you have small children. If the kids are used to a cool climate, high temperatures will be a huge shock to their systems. They’ll be more likely to suffer from heat stroke, sunburn and dehydration – all headaches that you can do without!
Before you book, do your research on the average temperatures for the month you’ll be going away – you can still enjoy the sun but everyone will be much happier and more comfortable!
Be prepared for medical issues
All being well, no one in the family will get sick while you’re away – but it can happen. Make sure you pack a first aid kit containing useful items like plasters, painkillers for both you and the children, cooling lotion that you can use to treat sunburn, and any medications that might be needed while you’re away.
You should also make sure that you have adequate travel insurance – if you don’t, and you need to visit a doctor or hospital while you’re on holiday, it could turn out to be a very expensive and stressful process.
Do your research to find the travel that gives you the best cover for your budget, and you’ll have one less thing to worry about when you head off.
When you’re travelling with kids, especially if they are very young or even babies – it can be tempting to pack everything but the kitchen sink in an effort to have everything covered. However, unless you are heading to the depths of the jungle, it is likely that you’ll be able to pick up a lot of those essential items while you’re away.
Things like nappies, baby wipes, formula and so on are easy to find in most European countries – so you can leave some space in your luggage for that duty free you’ve had your eye on!
Budget for emergencies
It’s challenging enough to get the money together for your family holiday as it is, so it can be tempting to forget about having spare cash aside from your spending money.
Having a small pot of money ready for any emergencies will provide you with peace of mind so that you can get on with making the most of your break – so it’s well worth making sure you’ve got this sorted.
Find out about the water
In most European countries, the water is safe to drink. However, if you plan to go somewhere a little different or farther afield, it’s worth finding out about whether it’s ok to drink the tap water.
If you’re in any doubt, you can pack some water purification tablets or a small travel kettle to boil water to make sure it’s safe to drink.
This is especially important if you will be using the water to make baby formula, and for making sure that every member of the family stays hydrated in the sun.
Think carefully about the length of your break
The duration of your holiday will obviously affect how much it’s going to cost, but that’s not the only factor.
Going away for three weeks with small children might be too much, especially if you don’t have much help while you’re away.
You can book holidays from one week and more that meet all the needs of you and your family at www.travelsphere.co.uk/, so take your time to find out about what suits best.
Do you need childcare?
One of the benefits of many family orientated package holidays is that the option of a kids’ club is often included.
These clubs can allow parents to relax while the kids enjoy making new friends and trying out a whole host of fun activities, and they can be a godsend when you really need a break!
Some resorts and hotels will also include a babysitting service, so it’s worth looking into that if you’d like a romantic night out.
Get some ideas here on planning a budget family holiday. Do your research, plan carefully and be prepared for emergencies – and your first family holiday will be fun, relaxing and enjoyable for everyone, with memories that will last a lifetime!
Midlife mum from Cardiff. Wine Imbiber. Likes glitter, fluff and olives. Approaching tweendom with Caitlin (11) and Ieuan (10). The husband is hiding in the loft.
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