Summer is here, and your thoughts have probably turned to getting out and about with the family to make the most of the longer, warmer days. Our friends at My Family Magazine have some fantastic travel tips for when you go away with the kids this Summer!
All families are different, but when it comes down to it there are some basic requirements for a good family trip.
The pleasure is in the detail
If this is your first trip with your children, plan for a slower pace than you might usually attempt. Be realistic about what you can cover with little ones in tow and if you are travelling with a small child, a pram or buggy can be useful even if your child is walking. It will provide a place for them to rest when covering a lot of ground or a makeshift bed when they are worn out.
If you are travelling with another family, discuss what each person wants to do before you go and dedicate childcare responsibilities during travel. Establish how much time you would like to spend together and come to an agreement about the way you’ll split the bills and arrange how to share day-to-day responsibilities.
Keeping Everyone Safe
More than 900 million international journeys are undertaken every year. Global travel on this scale exposes many people to a range of health risks. Many of these risks can be minimized by precautions taken before, during and after travel. For information on health risks for travellers visit www.who.int/ith/en/ and for travel vaccinations visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/Travel-immunisation
Always use a car seat when travelling by car regardless of the regulations in your destination. A universal model is a good idea if you are using a variety of vehicles or hiring a car. For general guidelines and information about fitting child’s car and booster seats, go to Child Car Seats
Look into supervised childcare, such as kids’ clubs before you go. Find out what activities the children will be involved in, how many children are cared for and whether the children are grouped by age. Be prepared to check it out yourself when you arrive and make sure that all the necessary paperwork including CRB checks are in place. If anything seems amiss, be prepared to cancel your plans and start looking for alternatives.
Enjoy the sun safely, whether you’re at home or abroad, use shade, clothing and at least SPF15 sunscreen to protect yourself. Young skin is delicate and very easily damaged by the sun. All children, no matter whether they tan easily or not, should be protected from the sun. Children with fair or red hair, pale eyes or freckles are at most risk. Keep babies under six months out of direct sunlight, especially around midday.
Tips for protecting children in the sun:
1 Set good habits for the future –
teaching children safe sun habits while they are young sets a good pattern for later life.
2 Remember you can burn in the UK –
The Great British sun is quite capable of burning your child! Take extra care at home as well as abroad.
3 Use shade –
Keep babies in complete shade: under trees, umbrellas, canopies or indoors and use pram/ buggy shades.
4 Cover them up –
When outdoors, protect a baby’s skin with loose-fitting clothes, and a wide-brimmed hat that shades their face, neck and ears.
5 Wear sunglasses –
Buy good quality, wraparound sunglasses for children, as soon as they can wear them. Sunglasses don’t have to be expensive brands.
6 Find hats they like –
Encourage children to wear hats with brims, especially if they are not wearing sunglasses. The wider the brim, the more skin will be shaded from the sun.
7 Use sunscreen wisely –
Use at least a factor 15 sunscreen and choose a ‘broadspectrum’ brand that protects against UVA rays – the more stars the better. Apply to areas that cannot be protected by clothing, such as the face, ears, feet and backs of hands. Choose sunscreens that are formulated for children and babies’ skin. These products are less likely to contain alcohol or fragrances that might irritate the skin and cause allergic reactions.
8 Apply sunscreen generously and regularly –
Put some on before children go outdoors. Sunscreen can easily be washed, rubbed, or sweated off – so reapply often throughout the day. For more information visit SunSmart
It’s always better be safe! For more information and help, visit My Family Magazine’s website