Although family holidays are meant to be a fun time for all, there’s a few things to bear in mind in order to keep everyone safe, happy and having a good time. Here are just some tips to make the trip run as smoothly as possible.
It could get stressful
You’ll need to prepare for a few verbal exchanges, sulks and strops during a family holiday. It’s going to be stressful for everyone – the parents trying to manage the organisation and hectic processes of the airport and everything following, and the kids who just want to jump in the pool and spend the next several days having fun.
Try and keep a calm demeanour through it all, regardless of how challenging it may become. When the head of the party loses it, everyone else will feed off of the negative energy. A family holiday is meant to be a time of mutual fun, adventure and relaxation – don’t let it be spoiled by stress.
You’ll need to pack strategically
Make sure you’re bringing all of the necessary items, and double check that nobody is bringing anything they shouldn’t – the family pet, for example. You’ll need a sufficient amount of clothing suitable for the climate you’re headed to, so no thick jeans and coats if you’re planning on sunning yourself near the equator.
And be sure to bring the necessary medical supplies, too. Things such as paracetamol, travel sickness tablets and antiseptic wipes/creams are almost always necessary on a holiday for a multitude of reasons – and be sure to bring sun lotion and repellent, as they’re going to be a must almost anywhere you choose to go.
Everyone has wants and needs to cater to
It’s important to remember not everyone wants the same thing from their holiday. Sure, you as a parent may want a period of pure relaxation, where you can unwind from the pressures and stress of everyday life at home. On the other hand, the little ones will want a holiday packed with things to see and do.
You will want to find a healthy balance of the two to keep others satisfied. It may involve some compromise, but as long as everyone understands they’ll have time to do what they want to do, it should all work out fine.
Keep a watchful eye on everyone
Wherever you go in the world, you need to be prepared for any eventuality – that could mean the potential for theft if you’re flaunting valuables, dangerous weather conditions or even someone getting lost. In the case of the latter, there are plenty of ways to be reunited with whoever has become separated from your party.
CTI recommends designating a certain recognisable location or landmark for people to return to should you become separated from one another. But there’s plenty of ways to keep the little ones safe – consider giving them a family photo to carry in their bags, so anyone helping them can recognise you in a crowd.
A family holiday is an unforgettable experience for all
Last but certainly not least, it’s incredibly important you maintain a positive vibe throughout the holiday. Family trips are meant to be a fun, enjoyable and ultimately unforgettable experience for all – so long as you keep the above tips in mind, you’ll be on your way to having a blast. Free yourself.
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