Top Tips For Holiday Abroad With The Kids

Everyone looks forward to the summer holidays abroad, and this is especially true of the kids. You look forward to a couple of weeks break away to enjoy the sun, sea and sand and to just let your hair down and relax. At times, however, holidays away can be very stressful for parents, leaving them needing a break from the kids when they get back! Yet, by simply remembering to pack certain essentials you and the whole family can have a great holiday to remember for all the right reasons!

Keeping the Kids Entertained on the Flight

One of the worst things about taking children on holiday is enduring the long flight with them. Kids can make the journey an absolute nightmare and the very thoughts of enduring a three or more hour flight with them can put you off going abroad at all! But with a little forward planning you can keep the kids entertained for the entire flight. Pack our list of essential flight pacifiers and enjoy your journey in peace:

  1. Activity booklets – Keep your little darlings entertained with activity books full of word searches, colouring pages and puzzles.
  2. Electronic games – Bring a small electronic console on board such as a Nintendo DS as this will keep the kids entertained for hours. You could get them a new game that they have not played on before the flight or you could download some apps for your phone to keep the kids entertained.
  3. Sweets – Make sure that you have something you can bribe your kids with to keep them quiet. Remember though, plying your kids with sugar for three hours is unlikely to help them sit still!
  4. Magazines – Bring a couple of kid’s magazines and let your kids have them when they start to get bored.
  5. Pillows – If you can ensure that your child is comfortable, then they are more likely to fall asleep at some point during the long journey.

A great tip is to make sure that you dress your kids correctly before the flight to make sure that they are comfortable. WikiHow gives some excellent advice on what to wear for a long flight in a recent article saying:

don’t wear stiff, tight or itchy clothing

and

Avoid synthetic materials that overheat.

Keeping Kids Safe in the Sun

There is nothing worse for a child, or their parents, than catching the sun and ending up feeling sick and suffering painful sunburn. By remembering to pack these essentials you can ensure that your holiday abroad goes without incident:

  • Sun creams- Lebreton Training recently advised parents that The best way to avoid damage from the sun is to wear a protective sun cream, and children in particular should always wear a factor 50 sun cream. This excellent article also contains lots of advice on protecting your children from hayfever, dehydration, drowning and food poisoning.
  • First Aid Kit – Make sure you are prepared for every eventuality with a holiday first aid kit. Your kit should contain all the essentials you might need treating sunburn such as after-sun cream as well as rehydration sachets and painkillers in case your child suffers from sunstroke. Having a well stocked first aid kit could save you from spending your day waiting for a doctor to treat a minor injury or illness.
  • Hats – Keeping your child covered up with hats and long-sleeved T-Shirts will protect their delicate skin from the suns harmful rays and ensure that you all have an enjoyable time in the sun.

Always bear in mind that you should keep young children out of direct sun, especially between the hours of 11am and 3pm when the sun is at its hottest.

Beach Essentials

Relaxing on the beach is what most people want to do when they go on a holiday abroad. But parents, you will not get much relaxing in if your children are bored. Make sure that you remember to bring the following items to keep the kids entertained on the beach whilst you are away allowing you to have the peace you so desperately need.

  • Beach Ball
  • Water Squirting toys –
  • Bucket and Spade
  • Flip-flops
  • Beach towel
  • Sun shades
  • Drinks

Going away with the kids can be fun and relaxing with a little forward thinking and a lot of planning. Follow the tips in our guide to ensure that your next summer holiday aboard is as stress free and as peaceful as possible.

By Ross Davies

Ross enjoys blogging about first aid, money saving tips, children and family activities in addition to fashion and shopping articles. He lives in the UK with his wife and two children and spends his spare time reading, breeding Siamese cats and going to the gym.

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