Taking your family on holiday abroad for the first time is a lifetime milestone. Your first family holiday together is one that you will never forget, and you’ll be able to look back fondly on the memories which you will make for years to come. Family holidays, however, are a lot different to singles or couple’s holidays, and every parent who has ever taken their children abroad will tell you that the kids are the main priority. We’ve got some tips to help make sure that you have fun and stay safe on your first ever family holiday abroad.
Prepare for the Flight
Kids get bored easily, and even a short flight can turn into a bit of a nightmare if you’ve got a child who’s crying or irritable. Booking flights in the evening can be an excellent idea for parents, as this means that your little one is more likely to be asleep throughout the flight’s duration, resulting in more peace and quiet for you and the other passengers. If you can’t get an evening flight, taking along a tablet computer or smartphone with pre-loaded kid’s movies and apps is ideal for keeping children busy.
Sun Protection is Priority
If you’re planning to take your children abroad to a hot climate, protecting them from the sun’s harmful rays needs to be your main priority. You should pack more sunscreen than you think you will need, and take along protective clothing that covers your child’s shoulders such as loose fitting t-shirts and shorts for your kids to wear for days out on the beach. Mosquito bands, sprays and wipes are also essential for some destinations – for both you and the kids.
Choose Family Friendly
For your first family holiday, choosing a hotel or apartment complex which offers family friendly accommodation is essential. If you’re travelling with babies or toddlers, choosing accommodation which welcomes families with young kids will make the whole experience less stressful for you, especially if they offer amenities such as cots and highchairs for you to use. Accommodation that offers kids’ clubs, kids’ entertainments and childcare services also provides you with a great opportunity to enjoy some time on your own and have a much needed break. See Away With the Kids for more information.
Make Sure You’re Insured
You might have been able to get away without taking out travel insurance when travelling on your own or with friends, but if you’re travelling with young children it’s an absolute essential. Any parent will tell you that it’s always best to be prepared, so you should ensure that your travel insurance policy covers young children. When you arrive at the destination, it’s a good idea to make a note of where the local doctor’s surgery or hospital is just in case you need it during your trip. Depending on the country which you’re travelling to, you should be able to get a lot of specific healthcare information online.
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