Your kids will no doubt be excited for months prior to that beach holiday, and of course they have nothing to stress about – that’s left to the parents. A beach holiday however, is the perfect chance to relax in the sunshine, and you can help to ensure your family trip goes without a hitch by taking a few little precautions.
From keeping the kids entertained abroad to stress-free packing – here are a few tips that will ensure a more relaxed family beach getaway.
The first rule of packing is – don’t go overboard; if there are some items you haven’t yet bought, then check to see if these can purchased once abroad. Try to avoid the temptation of cramming your suitcases full of clothes, and remember that you’re kids are pretty much going to be wearing their swim suits for the majority of the day, every day, whilst on vacation. The other good news is that if you’re going to a hot country then the family will pretty much be living in lightweight tee-shirts and shorts, so there’s no need for heavy jumpers or jackets. Forget about packing beach towels if you’re going to a hotel, as these will provided and can be used on the beach.
Games for the kids
It’s a good idea to bring a few sources of entertainment to help your children beat the boredom when traveling to and from your destination. Small, lightweight electronic DVD players and tablets are a good idea, and puzzle books will always come in handy. Don’t be tempted to pack those inflatable beach toys as you will be able to buy these at the resorts. Younger kids probably won’t even consider leaving home without their favorite toy, so you may as well give in and resign yourself to packing that one, or two.
If you’re going on a beach vacation to the tropical Caribbean Islands such as Barbados then lucky you, the weather will be excellent. The larger islands will have modern resorts and you’ll be able to buy essentials such as sunscreen, sunglasses and sun hats, but as these are small items you may want to pack them before you go. If your children take specific medication then check with your doctor to see if these are available to buy abroad, if needed. A smaller hold-all will be essential to pack those drinks, snacks, beach toys, wet-wipes and towels, for a day out on those white-sand beauty spots.
Remember to make a packing check-list before you depart; it’s very easy to overlook essential items such as phone chargers. Avoid stress by taking control of the packing situation at least a week, or even two, before departing, which should help to ensure you don’t forget anything as the big day approaches.