Top tips for family getaways

Melissa Hirst

Travelling with children should be fun...but those of us with kids know that the reality can be somewhat different! We thought we'd create a few simple top tips for family getaways, so you can arrive rested, organised and ready to start your holiday!

Plan Ahead

Wherever you're headed in the world, and whether it's the family summer holidays or a quick weekend break, make sure you plan ahead. All the best family resorts cater brilliantly for children of all ages, with countless activities on offer to keep them entertained, but others may need a little research to find out what they offer children and parents. Just a note of caution...children's passports only last five years, so don't forget to check them before you travel! Also, many countries require six months validity to be left on the passport upon return. 

Lights, Camera, Action!

Young children love nothing better than being given some responsibility and a camera is a great way to start. Giving them their own camera (and a fairly robust one at that) to start snapping away. Encourage them to observe their surroundings and capture what interests them. It will keep them entertained for hours and will also provide great memories and a talking point on your return.

Check their rucksack!

We all know how independent children like to be when it comes to packing their own stuff, but when you're five minutes into the walk through the airport and they start complaining that their rucksack is too heavy, don't be surprised at what you may find! If they're anything like my little darlings, the rucksack could include their latest rock collection, every single DVD they own or even 25 bottles of the latest nail varnish collection from Claire's Accessories...essential apparently! 

Bring on the entertainment!

Family trips can often involve a lengthy journey, whether by car, plane or train. Having a stock of activities and games is key to alleviate the boredom and the incessant "are we there yet?" Don't hand them all out at once, maybe one an hour, depending on the duration of the journey. Also, be aware of your child sitting reading in a car, if they get travel sick. Play games which involve them looking out the window and watching what's going on around them. If they're old enough, encourage them to write a diary of all their family getaways - it's a great keepsake for when they're older too!

Relax and enjoy!

Remember that it's your holiday too. The children will gain far more from their holiday seeing you relaxed and happy, so if you're having fun then the chances are your kids will be too!

 

**This blog post was previously published on Medway Leisure Travel, now trading as Pettitts Travel**