There are lots of great posts about what to pack when travelling abroad with children. But what happens when you actually get to your chosen destination and you have to keep the kids safe and entertained for a week or two? Spending time in a new environment is always exciting for children, but it can also be a testing time for parents. Here are a few top tips that may help when holidaying in the sun:
- The thing that can cause more problems than anything else on holiday is the sun. So first of all make sure you’re all protected with the appropriate sun creams. You can even buy SPF swimwear and clothing now for added protection. Make sure the children don’t get all hot and bothered by having regular breaks in the shade, even if that means going back to your room for 10 minutes throughout the day. Sun hats and sunglasses are essential, while spending a lot of time in the pool or the sea is the best way to keep cool.
- Wet wipes are probably one of the best inventions of all time – particularly useful when spending time on the beach as sand can get everywhere! If you or the kids have an ice cream or something, a quick wipe down means your hands aren’t covered in sand before eating.
- Although your routine may be a little different to your routine back home, it’s best to try and establish one on holiday. So try to wake up at a similar time every morning, make sure you have some breakfast and let the kids know that you’re going to be by the pool or on the beach during the day. Going to bed at a set time every night is also important.
- Not many children like walking long distances. Not only will they get tired but they’ll probably find it pretty boring too. So a sightseeing city break is not recommended for young children. If you do want to get out of your resort for a day, take a bus or taxi there but have regularly breaks throughout the day. The promise of an ice cream or a small souvenir every so often is a great way to take their minds off all the walking.
- Remember that your summer holiday is not all about the kids – you deserve some time to relax too. If you’re staying in a hotel, a good tip is to ask for a room with a terrace (or a balcony if travelling with older children) so you can sit outside when the children are asleep. Buy a bottle of wine and enjoy some time to yourselves while the kids are sleeping.
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