Family holidays mean leaving the daily routines behind and replacing them with holiday fun, relaxation and new experiences.
We talked with some parents who have been there and done that to find out their top tips for ensuring you are prepared for anything, so that your memories are of fun times, not inconvenience and whining!
1. Beach shoes
These soft upper and rubbery base shoes are light and fold up small for packing. They have a toggle on the back and are stretchy so one pair can fit multiple sized feet. Because they are so soft they are ideal for sore, grazed or blistered feet. They are still comfy even filled with sand, are easy to wash, dry quickly and perfect for almost any activity rain or shine.
2. Wound care
Holidays mean adventures and adventures often mean cuts and grazes. Even if it’s just a small injury, having a plaster popped on seems to help kids quickly forget about it. Have a range of plasters including waterproof on hand. Pop a crepe bandage in too for any sprains – kids aches seem to somehow feel better covered with one!
3. Hand sanitiser
When you are out and about it’s not always easy to keep hands clean as you are unlikely to have a plentiful supply of warm running water. An alcohol-based hand sanitiser that doesn’t require water is an ideal solution.
It is recommended that we put on sunblock every day and given that you are likely to be outside more often during a holiday, sunblock is essential.
5. Multi USB plugs
Being able to charge your phones and devices all from one wall plug is great. Track down a travel plug that has multiple USB ports. Take the fittings for the country you are travelling to and leave the rest at home.
6. Water resistant jackets
Choose jackets that are rain and wind resistant. They are not too bulky and are ideal for all weather conditions.
7. On the go entertainment
You are probably hoping to encourage the kids to stay off their devices as much as possible but bad weather or travel delays can put this goal in jeopardy. Depending on the age of your children, include some activities that are not too bulky and easy to play with in cramped conditions. Cards for games like Memory, Snap or Solitaire, UNO, colouring pages and crayons or felt and some stickers are idea.
8. Pain relief
Being away on holiday unfortunately doesn’t make the family immune to viruses and with all the exploring and adventuring, it’s almost inevitable that someone is going to hurt something. Make sure you have age appropriate pain relief with you at all times!
9. Baby wipes
More than just for bottoms, baby wipes are perfect for wiping everything! Sticky hands and faces, spills, hot faces, messes, tables, toilet seats, BBQ’s, picnic equipment… anything that needs a bit of a clean!
10. Day pack
It really is worth investing in a good day pack that is comfortable to wear and has pockets and sections to store sunblock, plasters, jackets, hats, drink bottles and more. One with a dry section for wet or smelly clothes is a bonus!