The summer break is just around the corner, and so many of us are preparing to go away for a couple of weeks in the sunshine. Hoorah! This is truly our favourite time of year- after all, we all work so hard for the whole year, so those two weeks of sun and sand are definitely well earned by the time we get there! When you're a parent though, holidays can take on a whole different vibe. We've written before about the joys of travelling with kids and why we think you should do it, so this week we thought a few tips and tricks on how to make the most of it might help a few families out. Do let us know in the comments if you have anything to add- here is our quick guide on tips for your first family holiday abroad.
Plan, plan, plan!
It's all in the planning. When you're taking small children away with you, it really does pay to be as organised as possible. Make lists, use the calendar on your phone to schedule in important 'must do' tasks before you travel, get a guide book and scour it for details on where you're staying. Leave no stone unturned and you stand a much better chance of getting the most out of your holiday.
A few things that need planning and should not be left to chance:
- Where you're staying- is the accommodation child friendly, do you need to bring anything to make it so, and are there on-site activities to keep everyone happy? How far are you from shops and restaurants? Do you need a hire car to get around? Is there a pool or beach nearby? Where will you all be sleeping? Make sure you're clear on all of this before you go.
- How you're getting there- tickets, money, passport! Make sure you have times and locations written down and kept safely so that you can access them easily. For the kids, it's a good idea to pack plenty of activities and snacks to make the journey as easy as possible, so add that to your planning list too. Read this post for tips on flying with babies and toddlers.
- Money- how much will you need to spend on your holiday, and how much will you spend while you're there? Write down your budget and use this to plan your activities and daily spends.
Nobody wants to be trekking through the airport with loads of kids and way too much luggage. Pack wisely, and use those lists to help you. Roll clothes up instead of folding them so you have more room in your case, and split items across all your cases so that if one goes missing, nobody is left with no clothes. And don't forget to pack activities and snacks for the kids! Read this post for tips on what to pack in your hand luggage, and this post for tips on things you definitely need when travelling with babies. We also have this post on what to pack when travelling with toddlers, and if you're brave enough to travel with a newborn then you won't want to miss this post.
Just as it is here in the UK, sun protection for the whole family is a must on holiday, so don't leave home without it. Read this post for more information on why it is essential for you all.
If you've planned out your budget, then stick to it. When you're away with kids it's so easy to fall into the habit of spending way more than you need to, but it doesn't have to be that way! Older kids can have their own spending money each day, and there are other ways to save money with the little ones. Read this post for tips on how to have a more frugal holiday.
Take lots of photos!
Holidays with the family really can be hard work, but nothing in life is easy if it's worth doing. You're going to make lots of happy memories, so make sure you document them. Older kids can also keep notes in a holiday diary, which is a fantastic way to remember your amazing Sumer travels.
Read this post for more travel with kids tips.
Read this post for tips on how to solve common travel problems