Are you packing your bags to fly off to some glorious destination yet? Unfortunately, if you have small kids in tow, travel can’t be as spontaneous as it once was, and careful planning is a must. If, that is, you want to avoid disasters. What you pack definitely depends on where you are going, for how long, and what you plan on doing. At this time of year, my guess is that you’ll be heading for a beach resort. The question is, what should you be taking with you to keep your kids safe and happy?
1. Whether you have preschoolers, toddlers, babies, are suffering from pregnancy signs and symptoms yourself, or a combination of those – you’ll need plenty of clothes. Make sure to have instant access to a new outfit for all of you, parents included, while you are traveling. Of course, it helps to check if your hotel or self-catering facility has laundry options available before you book, because you will need it!
2. Make sure your children don’t burn in the sun! I warmly recommend a rash guard swimming costume for young toddlers and kids with fair and sensitive skin, in addition to a sun screen with a high sun protection factor.
3. You can buy tent-like, light-weight travel cots and beds with an inflatable mattress inside. The great thing about these is that you don’t have to worry about a place to sleep for your kids, they protect against mosquitos, and you can even take them with you to the beach if your child wants to nap. These futuristic looking travel beds, which fold up really small, are so light that my five-year old can carry one herself with no problems.
4. A first-aid kit is always good to have with you when traveling with little ones, but I recommend also researching medical facilities – including phone numbers and insurance options – before you head out, and including the info in your first-aid kit. Though it is unlikely you will need to see a doctor, if you do you’ll be glad you are prepared.
5. Are you contemplating how to get pregnant ? Lots of couples get lucky while they are on holiday. Make sure you take ovulation predictor kits with you if you want to increase your chances, but also take massage oils, and anything else you would like to have handy for those romantic nights.
6. Nobody wants their kids to get lost in a foreign country! It does happen sometimes though. Younger tots can wear necklaces with your contact information. Older ones benefit from having cellphones so they can call you in case there is an emergency of any kind. It often pays off to buy prepaid sim cards locally instead of using your regular phone number in roaming. You can increase your kids’ safety by providing them with phone numbers of the local police, and the hotel you are staying at.
7. You will already have plenty of luggage, so I suggest buying cheap beach toys at your destination. If you don’t want to take them back home with them, you can donate them to your hotel or a kid you come across while on holiday.