Taking your grandchildren on holiday can be an excellent way of bonding and spending quality time with them whilst also allowing your son/daughter and their partner to have some rest and a break away from the demands of parenting. But, taking children on holiday can be stressful, and you might be in for a surprise if your last family holiday was years ago when your own children were little. To make sure that you and your grandchildren have a fun holiday that’s as stress-free as possible, we’ve put together these top tips.
Making sure that you’re fully prepared for any problems of boredom or travel sickness on the flights to and from your destination is one of the most important things you’ll need to consider when you’re taking your grandkids abroad. Children can get travel sick easily, so make sure that you take any medications that they might need and have something that they can use in the worst-case scenario if they have to throw up and can’t get to the bathroom. Toys and games are also essential to keep them occupied, so make sure to bring items such as coloring books and crayons, puzzles, or even an iPad loaded with fun apps and games for them to play. You might also want to consider booking a late flight, so that the kids can sleep on the way.
What to Pack
When it comes to packing, your grandkid’s parents will probably do most of it to make sure that you’ve got everything their little one needs when you take them on holiday. You should be sure to have plenty of sun safety items, which is essential to make sure that their sensitive skin doesn’t get burned by the hot sun – painful sunburn can turn a fun holiday into a horrible experience. Don’t forget to pack sun hats, sunglasses, and loose-fitting clothes that cover little shoulders and legs for the best protection. It’s also a good idea to take along toys and games to play with on the beach, such as a blow-up beach ball, bucket and spade or a tennis set.
Choosing Where to Stay
Deciding where to stay when you take your grandchildren on holiday largely comes down to looking at the places which offer the best facilities for kids. Picking a child-friendly destination is going to make your holiday far easier, plus you’ll have the added benefit of a quieter holiday as you’ll be surrounded by other guests who are also groups of parents and grandparents with children. Finding a hotel that has a kid’s club, children’s entertainment, a kid’s pool and other facilities will ensure that your holiday is both safe and enjoyable for the children as well as being relaxing for you.
Another thing you’ll want to look into is how easy it is to see a doctor or reach an ER while abroad. A medical check up in Bangkok is quite easy to receive, whereas if you choose to stay somewhere off the beaten path, you may struggle to find healthcare if you need it. And with children, you can never be too careful.
Do you have any great tips for taking kids on holiday abroad? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.