Taking your family on a summer holiday

If you are about to embark on your first family holiday then you may have a number of stresses on your mind right now. Fear not as with some forward planning you will be able to have the holiday of a lifetime and relax while enjoying the sunshine with your family.

Travelling can be stressful at the best of times but by staying calm and relaxed you will be able to reassure your children that everything is fine and that what you are experience, be it on plane, train or in an auto mobile is perfectly normal. With some of these handy tips below you will be able to concentrate on enjoying your stay rather than worrying about what ifs and buts.

Things to do before you set off:

Check your departure and arrival times.

Before you head off to bed the night before just ensure that you have double checked the times that you will be travelling. This allows you to know when you will need to leave and also tell individual members of the family when they are expected to be out of bed and ready by.

Take care when packaging your baggage.

Be sure that you know the luggage weight restrictions when packing and weigh your suitcase to make sure you are not over the limit before you leave. Think about necessary items and do not pack liquids of more than 100ml in your hand luggage. You are allowed to take baby formula and sterilised water but this must be specifically milk designed for babies only (including breast, soya, cows and formula).

Think about the travel needs of your children.

If you are going to be travelling with young children then considering taking a light pushchair or pram to ensure that they do not slow you down when travelling through the airport. You will be able to board the plane with your stroller but will need to advise of this at check-in to get the necessary luggage tag. If you are going to be travelling with a car chair, travel cot or other ‘non essential’ item then you may find yourself facing additional charges for oversized baggage. This can be quite costly so it is always worth checking if you can use a travel cot or other needed piece of equipment when you arrive at your hotel rather than taking it with you.

 

Things to do while at the airport:

Keep the children amused. Airports can seem like fascinating places and there are usually so many ways to spend your funds, shopping, arcades, rides, water fountains and other things too so bringing your own entertainment or even playing some word games be a great way to keep the children entertained. The more you tire them out hopefully the longer they will sleep for either on the plane or once you arrive at your destination.

While flying:

Bring out some handheld games consoles, books, magazines or colouring books to keep your children entertained. You can pack these items in your hand luggage and ensure that any electrical devices are charged up before you leave home to ensure that the children are entertained for as long as possible. A window seat is a fantastic way to keep your children entertained, particularly on a clear day.

Flights & travelling can be quite boring, for anyone, let alone children, so by simply ensuring that you are prepared as much as possible you can hopefully minimise the time spent stressing and enjoy more of your holiday.

Article courtesy of Netflights

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