I can’t wait until my upcoming trip to Bulgaria with my family this summer where I will get to rest and relax in the sun.
I have travelled a lot round the world as a sole traveller or even with friends with the entire contents of my life on my back in a rucksack. Since becoming a mum however it feels that there should be a bit more forward planning in case of any difficulties with my daughter. With this in mind I thought I would write a top tips list for holiday packing.
Check your travel insurance cover before you go and make sure it is sufficient to cover you and your children in the event of an emergency. Being landed with a big hospital bill is the last thing anyone needs. If travelling to Europe check your EHIC card.
Take some sachets of calpol (paracetamol) with you. These are easier to transport and handy if your child gets a pesky temperature or some other minor discomfort.
Take some dioraylte or other rehydration preparation. There is always a risk with new food and different water, even different standards of hygiene that either you or your child / children could get a vomiting bug. If this does happen, keeping them hydrated is vital. Make sure you familiarise yourself with the signs of dehydration in small children, and offer small sips of fluid regularly. Large amounts of fluid can make them vomit so persevere and if concerned visit a local doctor.
Take appropriate buoyancy aids with you (or purchase when you arrive). All it takes is a split second for them to fall or jump into the water, (as I experienced with my own daughter aged 2 and a half), especially if they are not aware of the risks associated with the water. This could be arm bands, a life jacket or other similar. Do your research, stay vigilant and everyone can relax and enjoy the water.
Pack enough sun screen with a good star rating for UVA / UVB as well as a good Sun Protection Factor to get you through the first few days until you find a shop you can visit. The sun is likely to be stronger abroad and with children going in and out of the pool sunburn is an uncomfortable experience for all.
Take a decent insect repellant if your child is like mine and gets itchy swollen bites.
Holidays are something we plan for and save for all year so we want to be able to sit back and make the most of it once we get to our destination.
If you pack a few essentials as mentioned above hopefully any minor illnesses will be managed effectively.
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