Tips for family summer holidays from UK guest poster Maria Oliver:
When you are planning your family summer holiday there are many different things to consider not only where and what you will be doing.
If you are travelling abroad with young children then you will want to consider how you pack. Of course the majority of your clothes will go in your luggage but if you have a long plane journey then you may wish to pack spare clothes in your carryon luggage in case of little accidents whilst travelling. Other important items to pack into your hand luggage are favourite teddies and blankets, these may be needed if your little ones want to nap whilst travelling and also make great comforters if you are delayed. Hand luggage should also include snacks and boredom breakers. Boredom breakers can be toys, colouring pencils, paper, quiz books for older children and colouring books. You could also pack your child`s favourite storybook or any hand held games that will keep them quiet and entertained whilst travelling.
Once you get to your destination your children may be tired and grumpy so if you have a long transfer from the airport to your final destination then having some high energy snacks readily available may get them through the final part of travelling. If you are travelling from a cold start to a holiday destination that is hot then pack some shorts and t-shirts towards the top of your luggage so that you can quickly change in the airport before transferring on to your destination.
Once in your destination there are many different activities and adventures that are great for families with young children. If you are staying in a holiday resort then many of these have children`s clubs, which entertain the children with different activities throughout the day. If you wish to spend some time with your children then you could consider visiting the local zoo, theme park, water park or other local visitor attraction.
Other good family activities include mountain biking, many cycle hire companies will also hire baby seats, tag along bikes and child trailers which mean the whole family can get out into the countryside. If you wish to travel at a more relaxing pace then walking is a great way to get out as a family and for you all to enjoy the outdoors. If you are going to take the children out on a family day biking or walking make sure you pack enough food, snacks, drinks, sun screen and warm clothing, in case it gets cold. Always make sure you have a good map of your route and know your family`s limitations.
If you are visiting a destination with a beach you should remember that most small children love the beach, building sand castles, hunting for shells and looking in rock pools can provide a great family day out at little cost. If the beach has good surf then even those who cannot swim can have great fun on a surf or body board just make sure you equip them with a suitable life jacket.
There are many different activity weekends available that will suit young families be it biking, hiking or surfing there is something out there for you.