Family Travel Tips
- Getting children clued-up about your destination is a good way to build up their interest and excitement. Before traveling take the time to talk to your child about where you are going. Looking at maps, discussing what they might see and experience and watching relevant programs or films are all good ways of stirring a child's imagination.
- When planning your trip it's worth bearing in mind that things can take a little longer with children in tow. Take this into consideration and pace the vacation realistically, leaving time to relax and do nothing.
- When traveling with children it is even more important to make sure you have the correct medication and vaccines so be sure to book a doctor's appointment at least two months beforehand, especially if you are traveling to a country where malaria is present.
- If you are traveling to a country where malaria is present make sure you take the relevant repellents/clothes/nets.
- Various accommodations abroad are specifically designed with families in mind and there are a number of benefits to staying in this type of property. Kids clubs, children's meals and nanny services are all things which can help a family vacation run more smoothly.
- There are a number of companies that can organize the delivery of baby products directly to your chosen destination, so if you are traveling with a baby or toddler this is worth taking into account in order to lighten the load.
- Check hand luggage restrictions before you pack, especially if you are traveling with younger children who will require food, diaper rash cream, etc.
- If you are traveling with a younger child, try and plan traveling around their sleeping patterns. If you can book a flight that begins just before a child is due for a nap this can reduce the stress of traveling enormously.
- Many airlines offer children's meals and this is worth booking beforehand.
- On longer flights take a few toys with you to keep children entertained. Toys that do not contain small pieces or involve using a lot of room are best, and a good option is to buy a couple of new presents beforehand which are then saved for the plane.
- If you are traveling to a hot country monitor your child's fluid intake. Children only tend to drink when thirsty so are more prone to dehydration.
- On day trips designate a meeting place in case your family becomes separated.