Quick tips to keep your family holiday happy and hassle-free

If your kids are anything like mine, a trip to the grocery store can feel like a major expedition. Before we leave, I need to make sure that we’ve packed the pram, nappies, toys, a change of clothes and snacks (side note: never forget the snacks!).

And that’s just for a quick trip to go and buy bread…

Unfortunately, for most parents (me included) – as thrilling as a family holiday sounds (locally or internationally), it can also stretch your sanity to the limit – think: anything from keeping the kids entertained and calm on a long flight – or worse – a long car ride to dealing with unexpected bouts of flu.

But, that doesn’t mean it can’t be done.

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If you follow these three quick tips you’re sure to have a happy and hassle-free family holiday:

1. Long flights or car trips can be hard

Long travel times are hard on children – and even harder on us as we deal with children who are out of routine…

Try to plan your travel time around your children’s nap and sleep times – and remember, to make travelling part of the holiday, by packing lots of entertainment (think iPads, colouring books and figurines!).

2. Let kids take the lead (sometimes)

Most kids know exactly what they like – and don’t like. Involving them in the planning of destinations, activities and meals will make them feel like valued members of the family; and thus more co-operative.

At the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with letting kids make a few decisions – especially when you’re on holiday!

3. A basic medical kit is a must…

Making provision for nasty fevers, runny tummies and coughs is a must – especially because kids are known for coming down with something out of nowhere! Weren’t they just swimming and running around like hooligans?

Don’t forget to include antiseptic wipes, plasters, sting treatment, and, of course, a thermometer!

Having a medical kit on hand will not only give you peace of mind, but will also save you from having to search for an open doctor or pharmacy in a place you’re not 100% familiar with.