A family holiday is perhaps an ambitious feat, especially when it’s your first time. There’s a whole new level of preparation to undertake, as well as potential for stress and conflict between you all. Don’t let it be that way. Ensure you’ve got these 5 must-haves for a family holiday in order to make it smooth sailing all the way.
Before you go, you’ll want to ensure you have all the vaccinations you may potentially need. Depending on the destination you’re travelling to and the ages of those in tow, you’ll need to consider whether a trip to the doctor is necessary or not in preventing any potential future illnesses.
Things such as dengue and jungle fever, as well as hepatitis and even rabies, can be vaccinated against. They should definitely be if you’re travelling to an area where these diseases are rife. Unfortunately malaria, perhaps the most common of all, is yet to receive a vaccination, so do all you can to prevent any bites once you’re on vacation.
A Safety Kit
To ensure the safety of the little ones, consider preparing a safety kit for them to carry in busy areas – the airport, city centres and theme parks are just a few places where them getting lost is a viable possibility. If you create a kit for them to keep on their person, you’ll minimise the risks.
Include things such as an ID tag and your details This way a passer-by who helps your child can easily contact you. Consider putting a family photo in there, too – at least then people know who to look out for. Also, it would help to designate a recognisable location to return to should your party become separated. CTI recommends having a “what if I get lost” plan to eliminate the worry and panic of any unfortunate eventuality.
The Right Clothes
Be prepared for the climate you’re heading into. Make sure you and your family will be comfortable wherever you are – if going somewhere hot and humid, opt for loose-fitting and flowy clothes to keep it airy and stop the materials clinging to your body.
Consider UV-protecting swimsuits for the kids, too. Although you’ll probably be slapping on the sunscreen at every opportunity, it’s important to ensure their safety against the beating rays as much as possible.
In contrast, if heading to a much colder location than you’re used to, be sure to bring enough layers to keep you comfortable – a winter coat is a necessity, no matter what time of year you’re choosing to travel.
Prepare a plan for your trip in advance to avoid any complications or disagreements in the heat of the moment. Having a rough itinerary is good in that you’ll still have space for spontaneous plans. But you will also be able to stick to a schedule to ensure you’re fitting it all in.
Don’t limit yourself too strictly with it, as you’re likely going to stumble across something that will alter your schedule. But consider having loose plans in place. It will make the holiday flow smoother and eliminate a whole bout of stress.
Balance and Compromise
It’s not a tangible thing to pack, but balance and compromise is perhaps the most necessary thing to have on a family holiday. If you’re looking for peace and quiet while the kids want high-octane energy throughout the entire trip, there’s an evident conflict of interest to remedy.
Be sure to promise the little ones time for them to enjoy themselves and have fun, so long as they understand your wants and desires also. A family holiday needs to be enjoyable for everyone, so balance is absolutely vital in ensuring that.
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