Travelling with the children can be good fun, but it can also be a lot of work! After all, bringing the kids along requires extra planning as to where you’ll go and what you’ll do while you’re there. You’ve also got to have a back-up plan in case the kids fall ill or get injured while on holiday. Follow these tips to help keep your holiday worry-free, no matter what the circumstances:
1) Research your destination before you depart.
This tip is especially useful if you intend to travel overseas, but can be applied to any holiday destination. Visit the NHS Fit for Travel and the Foreign & Commonwealth websites to check which immunisations you need before you travel and to see if any travel advisories have been posted. You should also read up on the neighbourhood where your hotel is located before you book.
2) Prepare your kids for any weather forecast.
A few days before you depart, check the local forecast to make sure you have what you need when you arrive. For those headed on beach holidays, that includes sun cream, sunhats, and sunglasses, as well as an extra change of clothes each day, as the kids are sure to sweat and make a mess! Kids are more prone to dehydration than adults, so make sure they drink a full glass of water every hour or so. If there’s a chance of rain in the forecast, pack a few travel umbrellas and rain boots so that the kids don’t catch a cold.
3) Pack an emergency kit—and keep it with you at all times.
An emergency kit is an absolute must-have when you’re travelling with the kids, as you never know when they’ll scrape their knees or suddenly fall ill. Non-prescription antihistamines such as Piriton can help relieve symptoms such as sneezing and itchy eyes, while a skin allergy might be cured with a hydrocortisone cream. Antacids and iodine tablets will come in handy in the event of a sketchy food situation, while antiseptics and bandages will patch up cuts and bruises. Other non-medical items that you should carry with you in your backpack include hand sanitizer, snacks, and extra diapers or underwear for the kids.
4) Invest in travel insurance.
No matter how cautious you are, there’s a chance that something will go wrong on your trip. For this reason, buying a special travel insurance for your trip is highly recommended. In addition, write down the names of any medications you children are allergic to in the unlikely event that they have to go to the hospital while you’re on holiday. Be sure to obtain copies of medical records and receipts for expenses you may have incurred as the result of the accident or injury so that you can file for holiday compensation upon your return home.