So today is the day we head off for ten days in the sun….We’re all very excited but my word there’s a lot of prep. Holiday……you better be worth it
We’re a family of five (kids are 10, 8 & 3) but if for any reason we find ourselves sprinting through the airport in a sweaty mess I don’t want the kiddies to have big bags to manage. So, two big bags will do it and then just carry on bags for the little people.
What to pack?
Depends where you’re going. If there are shops near your hotel you don’t have to pack the contents of your house. But…if like me, you want to feel like you can handle anything include; (apart from clothes etc) Factor 50 suncream (spray is easier for squirming children), Calpol, Paracetamol (for grown ups), bite cream, plasters (probably more for Mums in silly shoes rather than accidents) and diorilyte for any sick tummies.
The dreaded plane journey
Nobody wants to be ‘that family’ getting disapproving looks on the plane cause your child is kicking the chair in front or heaven forbid, screaming the whole way there! That said, there’s only so much you can do to make your kiddies comfy. The rest is down to how chilled you are, their little personality and a bit of luck. To help things along get the kids helping to pack their little carry on bag before you fly; magazines, fairly healthy snacks, tablet with new games/new movies. Don’t let them have anything until they’re on the plane with their seat belt fastened!
(In case of emergency break out the high sugar sweets from your own bag – only in extreme situations or you could have giddy kids bouncing off the plane ceiling).
Sanity while you’re away
For the first time, we’ve opted for a place with kids clubs. Only available for aged 4 and over in most places we’ve spoken to. So, the two older kids will be fine, leaving youngest to miss out on clubs this year. Our little cherubs wake around 6:30 or 7 at home so holidays are likely to be the same. This means earlier mornings by the pool, tire them out and get back indoors during the peak sun while we have lunch. Naps optional but maybe a good idea if you want to keep kids up late and out in a restaurant.
Finally, accept that at times it will be tricky as you’re away from home and all that is familiar. Having said that though, I’m really looking forward to reading a book or two, playing with the kids rather than worrying about laundry or the millions of jobs on the ‘to do list’ and just getting away from it all.
Watch this space to find out if the holiday lived up to all this expectation #BetterBeWorthIt
Bye Blue! See you when we get back!