Family Holiday Tips
Family holidays can be daunting for some parents as well as an expensive affair but there are few travel hacks that can ease the hassle and enjoy a fun-filled break.
First off: Don’t forget the passports for all; put them in the correct bag that goes with you to the airport, train or drive. Check expiry dates a few months before your trip and also take a copy each. If you are travelling alone with your children, some countries might need proof the children are yours (birth certificate, marriage certificate). Check paperwork in advance.
Pick the right accommodation; where you’re staying can have a massive effect on your holiday, so make sure you’ve picked the right hotel or place. Family friendly hotel or villa is always a good idea.
Pre-book or go All-inclusive; We at Famaway recommend Pre-booking most elements of your trip; Pre-book as much as you can before you go to save time, hassle, stress and save money.
Travel Insurance; medical emergency or flight cancellations can wipe out your savings — or even worse so get insured in advance.
Tell the bank; it’s a good idea to alert the bank of your trip so that your credit card company or bank won’t put a hold on your card while you are overseas.
If you are travelling with a baby, most long-haul flights have seats with basinets, don’t forget to reserve a bulk-head seat prior-hand.
Safety first; most Family friendly hotels do take extra care when kiddies are around but in case, keep an eye out for danger spots like balconies, steep stairways, or power sockets etc. Pack sun-screen as it can get expensive buying it from hotel shops.
Driving; always ensure your child rides in an appropriate car seat, booster seat, or seat belt. Factor in kids’ sleep schedules too. If you are going on a long drive, it’s better to start just before nap time. Night-time flights are great for little sleepy heads.
Pack like a pro; no matter their ages, do not let them pack is our take on it. Don’t forget extra diapers, allergy and motion sickness medicine, changes of clothes for the kids and you.
Pack (lots of) snacks; ideas such as: raisins, fruits, crackers and sandwiches will come handy. Notice we didn’t say chocolate but will leave that up to you – wink wink
Entertainment; unless you are flying long-haul and in seat entertainment is plenty, always pack the tablet with cbeebies favourites or a movie or two. Pack some low-tech boredom-fighters, too. It’s best to be prepared in case those nasty flight delays occurs.
Stay Hydrated on planes; it’s easy to have a wine or two but bear in mind that you are travelling with your children. It’s also much easier to get dehydrated. Staying hydrated — especially on long-haul flights — makes it easier to get over jet lag too and get straight into the fun.
Ask the locals; best ask the locals to point us to the best restaurants, awesome water-parks, the best shops, etc.
Engage the teens; get a digital camera and encourage them to record their own holiday experiences.
Mum and dad it’s your holiday too; you deserve a bit of quality time! if you had booked a Famaway hotel, then you are covered but if not, check if the hotel or resort offer a child minding service, if you need to pre-book the kids club, sports club activities are arranged, baby-cot is arranged or the interconnecting room is reserved. It’s time to chill.