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Preparing for a holiday? Here’s what to do!

Going on holiday has long since been a favourite family activity. The average family spends about £4,800 on family holidays annually. Planning and preparing for a family holiday is no small feat, especially when kids are involved.

Here are some expert tips to help you get ready for your next holiday….

  1. Plan activities for your kids

Travelling with kids can get stressful because they get restless and bored doing the same things repeatedly. Right from the onset, you need to arm yourself with books, toys and games to keep them occupied while travelling. When you settle on a destination, ensure that you research activities to keep your kids busy and entertained. You can use a travel agency specialising in arranging kids adventure holidays. Such organisations put together activities that are safe and enjoyable for children.

However, you should also plan special group activities with your family. You can even set little goals or achievements to make it more challenging and exciting. Your kids will have a fantastic time, and you wouldn’t have to scramble around trying to keep them entertained. 

  1. Pack early

Whether you have a large or small family, it’s always better to start packing ahead of your trip. But first, you and your family members should create a list of essentials they might need for their holidays. A list would help you know which additional items you need to buy before your trip. If you have toddlers, you would have to pack more items, but encourage your older children to pack only the items they need. Don’t forget to pack important documents such as your travel insurance and passwords. Even better, you or your partner can hold on to everyone’s passports throughout the entire trip.

  1. Decide on a suitable location

The first thing you’ll probably think of when preparing for a family holiday is where you would like to go. Do you want to go somewhere your family loves returning to every year, or do you want to switch things up and explore a new destination? Making all these decisions can be a tad overwhelming, but knowing where you are going makes the entire preparation process much easier to handle. 

When it comes to choosing a place, it’s always helpful to select a place that has meaning to you. For example, if your family loves being outdoors, you can consider holidaying at a beach resort or up in the mountains. Or you can holiday back in your hometown to show your kids where you or your partner spent your childhoods. As you narrow down your list of destinations, you must also think about what time of the year you plan to go and if it fits into everyone’s schedule. It would be best to think about how long you plan to be away. 

*This is a collaborative post.