Family vacations are always so much fun. Whether it’s quality time spent with your loved ones, fun at the beach, ice cream and seeing the sights. But there’s another side to the trip that’s more than a little stressful! Making sure you have everything you need, making sure kids don’t get too bored or fed up while traveling and adjusting to your new home for a week or two can be a little overwhelming. Here are a few things you can do to make life easier for yourself.
Choose The Right Destination
If it’s your first holiday abroad with kids, it makes sense that you’d choose somewhere that isn’t too far away. Fly from an airport that’s fairly local to where you live if possible, and try to choose a destination with a flight time with as few hours as possible. You will also want to go somewhere that’s neither too hot nor too cold and has plenty for kids to do. If you go with a family friendly resort, you have everything you need pretty much on your doorstep.
Hire a Car
If you’re not staying in a resort or plan on going further afield some days, a car is invaluable. It saves dragging babies, kids (and all of their stuff) on busy and unreliable public transport. You can easily get from place to place, and simply load up the car each morning with everything you need. If you’re going to be venturing further afield, at the very least make sure you have the right stroller. If you have two children who are both still at this age, a sit and stand stroller which can be used for a baby and a toddler would be your best bet. If you’re wondering what’s the best sit is and stand stroller according to your budget you could check some reviews online. If you were only considering a stroller for the baby, this way you’re not tiring out a toddlers little legs if there’s a considerable amount of walking to do one day
Sort Out Vaccinations
If you’re not venturing too far, you probably won’t need additional vaccinations but always be sure to check. However, if you’re traveling with kids, you will need to make sure their regular childhood immunizations have all been done. If you’re going away, these can usually be fast-tracked to ensure they’re protected. Have a word with your GP and discuss what needs to be done.
You don’t have to plan everything to the letter after all a vacation should be fun and relaxed. However, having a rough idea of what you want to do can help you make the best of your time away and stay organized. For example, if you’re going on an excursion one day and it’s going to be very busy, the next day you could arrange to stay around the pool at the hotel. It stops children from feeling overwhelmed and gives you plenty of time to relax and catch your breath.