We are getting to that time of the year again when many people are heading off for a few days away. Sometimes the drama getting ready to go on holiday takes the edge of the excitement of actually going on holiday. And the result is Stress, Stress and more stress leading to you wondering whether going on holiday is really worth it after all – especially once you have factored in the cost.
The trouble is there are so many things to think of before you go away which means that quite often you spend the first half of the holiday recovering from actually the act of going on holiday.
Family holidays are expensive. They can be fun, exhausting and stressful so making sure you make the most of your long earned break is really important.
So here are a few tips which may help you have a Stress Free Family Holiday.
1. I know it is obvious but Plan Plan Plan – well ahead of time.
2. Have different lists. Lists of what to pack and what needs to be done before you go away.
3. Arrange for clothes that are going to be taken on holiday to be “taken out of service”. The idea being you leave as little as you can to be washed to the last-minute.
4, Work out and type out an itinerary, It may sound a ludicrous thing to do but it will help you work out where you need to be at what time without having to consult your paperwork or tickets all the time. It will also ensure you know where you going.
We arrived somewhere once when we had mislaid the name of the hotel – and had to telephone home to find out where we were staying. A school boy error of course but easily done when you are stressing about getting to the airport on time.
5. Whether you are going by car, train or plane – it is worth taking a few nibbles and drinks to eat along the way.
6.. When packing tick off or write everything down as you pack items in your suitcase. This will save you saves loads of time repacking and checking that you have packed everything as you can not quite remember what you have packed – if that makes sense.
7. Make sure you there is nothing packed in your luggage that is likely to be confiscated by security.
8. Always take your own medical kit.
9. A nightlight which you can plug-in so people can find their way around at night when they are in unfamiliar surroundings.
10 . Several travel adaptors for electrical items if you are travelling abroad.
11.. Pack travel games, cards, Pass the Pigs is one of our favourites, and colouring pens and pencils. Also try to have a couple of puzzle books handy. A Kindle also is ideal not just to keep the kids occupied but you too – and of course will not add any bulk or weight traditional books and magazines do.
12. Make sure you have a copy of your doctors and your medical insurance document details handy.
13. Finally take a photo of your kids – just in case they get themselves lost
By adopting these tips you will find that there are a few less things to worry about and will help to make your family holiday more stress free.