1. Don’t give them too much sugary snacks
When heading out on a long trip with your family, you may be tempted to rely on fast food and sugary snacks to keep them sustained during the trip. Hyperactive kids are already difficult to handle at home, so imagine them in the confined spaces of a car or aeroplane. To avoid a sugar rush, rather feed them snacks like fruit, nuts, popcorn, carrot sticks, and yoghurt.
2. Do book ahead
You can’t really ‘wing it’ when planning holidays in Spain with kids. Booking in advance means you can find a hotel or camping site with everything you’re looking for, e.g. a pool, activities, great location etc. You don’t want to take the risk of rocking up at a destination with no availability. Driving around with tired, hungry children doesn’t make for a fun holiday.
3. Don’t leave your kids’ packing unsupervised
Kids love the excitement of packing their own bags, but they need to be supervised – unless you’re okay with them packing their entire set of plastic animals and nothing else. Make sure you pack a change of clothes, a bottle of water, snacks, and some games or books.
4. Do get travel insurance
When you’re travelling with kids, you simply can’t afford to be without travel insurance. You’ll feel more at ease knowing your entire family is covered. This will also save you money in case an emergency occurs and you have to cancel or postpone flights. Some travel insurance policies cover children for free.
5. Don’t pack for just one season
No matter which city in Spain you go to, just remember that the weather can be unpredictable. Even if you’re going to a summer destination, pack in a light jacket and a long pants just in case. Children dressed comfortably for the weather will be happier, and at less risk of getting sick.
6. Do give them a camera
Kids love feeling like they’re a part of something. Giving kids their own camera allows them to observe their surroundings and take pictures of what interests them. If you’re going sightseeing and you’re scared they’re going to get bored, a camera will occupy them nicely. A cheap, point-and-click disposable camera will do the trick.
7. Don’t forget the medicine
When travelling with kids, make sure your child is in good health and that you have the necessary meds they might need, e.g. prescription asthma medication. Kids are prone to getting sick on holiday, so plan for unexpected illness (an allergic reaction, a fever, or a stomach bug) by bringing along an antihistamine, pain reliever, antidiarrheal medicine, and rehydration fluid.
8. Do go digital
An iPad or tablet will make the world of difference. In other circumstances, we obviously don’t want our children spending hours staring at a device, but it could keep them occupied and avoid them from having a meltdown at the airport or in the car. Make sure to load it with age-appropriate apps and games that they’ll enjoy.
Holidays in Spain with kids can be a breeze if you follow these tips and book at a place like Marjal Costa Blanca Camping & Resort. If you value sunshine and endless entertainment over everything else, contact Marjal Costa Blanca Camping & Resort to make your reservation.