With the school summer holiday just around the corner and everyone’s mind turning to vacations, there are a few things that are super important to remember, to make your trip as successful as possible. We’re not exactly seasoned travellers, as a family unit, so I’ve been doing a lot of looking around the internet to research the best tips and tricks for family travel and I thought I’d share some of them with you.
1. Take plenty of sunscreen
When Husband and I visited the Maldives in 2006, one thing we didn’t take enough of was sunscreen. And the problem with that, is that once you’re on a Maldivian island which only operates one weekly boat trip off of the island, you’re very much a captive audience. Cue price hikes on essentials that would make your eyes water! Husband bought a bottle of Banana Boat Aloe Vera Gel and I believe it set him back around £15 from the island shop! Take plenty with you (you can often find good two for one offers at this time of year) and you could save a fortune!
2. Get Insured
Family travel insurance is an absolute must-have when travelling with kids. It gives you the peace of mind of knowing that you’ll have medical care for the whole family, whenever you need it, which is something that should never be underestimated, especially if you’re travelling to far-off lands.
3. Take a siesta!
In many hot countries, locals will take a nap during the day. Even if your kids have grown out of taking naps at home, do as the locals do and have a siesta. The kids will be out of the sun during the hottest hours, many places close during siesta time anyway, so you won’t miss out on much and it will probably mean that you can enjoy an evening on a restaurant patio with the whole family, without worrying about grumpy, overheated, tired kids!
So, you’re off on a plane, you have a baggage limit, you don’t want to be lugging a train set or a dozen Barbies around in your hand luggage. However, having something even as simple as a colouring book and crayons in your bag can never be underestimated when travelling. Kids are bound to get bored on long flights and simple forms of entertainment can make the start of your holiday more pleasant for everyone involved.
5. Pack Clever
It’s tempting to over pack when you have kids, and with things like formula milk or other essentials, I can understand taking them with, as foreign brands may seem like a daunting alternative. However, with most things, unless you’re holidaying in darkest Siberia, you’ll be able to buy them there. Don’t pack eight packs of baby wipes before you go, they’ll just take up valuable sarong space! (Incidentally, sarongs are one of the most versatile objects EVER, take plenty!)