Everyone loves a family holiday and it is so much easier to choose a child friendly holiday cottage where you have all the facilities you need. A bit of preparation can go a long way though in ensuring you have a child friendly holiday to remember.
Here are our 10 tips for organising a child friendly holiday:
Tip 1: Do your research
Make sure you do your research before booking the holiday cottage. Check what facilities come as standard, what facilities you can request and ask any questions that you need to. If you are travelling with a baby, does the property come with a high chair and travel cot?
If you have older children is there a separate living room / snug they can use? What about a DVD player or games console. The majority of cottages will have WIFI but it is worth checking. Similarly if outside space is a priority make sure your chosen cottage comes with a child friendly garden.
Tip 2: Be prepared
Doing a bit of advanced planning can help a holiday with children go smoothly. Make sure you know where the nearest shop is and look into things such as how you will sterilise bottles for a baby.
Microwaves can come in very handy (as can freezers and dishwashers) and getting a local supermarket to deliver your food supplies can save a lot of hassle. It is worth thinking about what you will do for a meal if arriving late on a Friday. For example if you want to eat out it’s a good idea to book a table in advance.
Tip 3: Pack wisely for your child friendly holiday
It’s a good idea to pack extra clothes for the kids as children do have a habit of spilling things and getting dirty. Get the children to pack their own ‘day bag’ with a packed lunch, toys, 1 change of clothes, and colouring book and crayons. Of course many cottages will come with a washing machine but if you can get away without washing clothes all the better. Think about the activities you have planned and pack accordingly whether it is for a day at the beach or jumping in muddy puddles!
Tip 4: Involve children from the start
Involve your children in the holiday arrangements from the start. Explain where you are going, how long for and how they can help. Children love feeling as though their input is valued and that they are given a bit of responsibility. Ask them if there is anything they would love to do on holiday and try and factor this into your plans.
Tip 5: Bring the essentials
There are some essentials you should always bring on any child-friendly holiday. Wet wipes can be a lifesaver from using to clean mucky faces to wiping down surfaces and cleaning up spills. Hand sanitiser is always good to clean hands before a picnic and plasters, calpol and travel-sickness tablets are all useful items to have available. Getting children to pack a favourite toy and game can help them feel at home (make sure it doesn’t get lost on your travels though).
Tip 6: Think about days out on your child friendly holiday
Research activities and days out in and around the area. If you research includes a good mix of activities, then this may save you from the dreaded ‘’I’m bored’’. Some experiences may require payment prior to arrival depending on time of year. Check out busy times to avoid most of the queues. If you are planning walks then make them interesting for the children with things to spot along the way.
Tip 7: Avoid travel tantrums
‘Are we nearly there yet’ is a familiar cry on most car journeys with children. Keep them entertained with car games, colouring books and snacks. If the journey is long then factor in a couple of toilet breaks where everyone can stretch their legs.
Tip 8: Family memories
Some of my happiest memories are from childhood holidays and it’s always nice to look back at old photos. Playing games as a family, fun days out and being together all make holidays special – remember to take lots of pictures and videos to look back on. You could even organise a family photo shoot with a professional photographer to make things extra special.
Tip 9: Out and about
Research local area terrain if you are going for long walks a pushchair will be handy so tired little legs can take a break. If planning on taking public transport or in and out of the car often, a sling or a easy to fold lightweight pushchair will be the best option. Look for places that are particularly ‘family-friendly’ with a selection of cafes and shops to visit.
Tip 10: Relax – you’re on holiday!
With a little bit of advance planning you can just relax and enjoy yourself on your child friendly holiday. Even if things don’t go exactly to plan don’t worry – sometimes you just need to go with the flow! Get the children to bed early and enjoy a glass (or two) of wine in front of the roaring log fire.
Gorgeous Cottages have a selection of child holiday cottages throughout Yorkshire. Whether you want a traditional seaside holiday on the coast or to explore the Yorkshire Dales, give the team a call on 01642 263 249.