Family Holidays

Family Holidays

If you want to plan your family holiday with your children, you will need to discuss the following questions:

  • Which country do you want to visit? Where will you find something for everyone – by the sea, in the mountains or in the city?
  • What do you and your children like to do?
  • Do you prefer a luxury camper van or a simple tent?
  • Are you travelling with friends or taking another child?

Travel sickness

  • If you drive with children, drive at night, because their sense of balance is less active.
  • Serve a light meal before travelling.
  • On the trip, your children should eat some zwieback, salt sticks or biscuits.
  • Small sips of lukewarm Coke soothe the stomach.
  • The air in the car should be clear and fresh. Avoid alcohol, coffee and tobacco.
  • Children should not read while driving.
  • Chewing gum or jelly beans help the stomach.

Stranger anxiety on holiday

  • Don’t force your child to go up to strangers.
  • Show your child that you are there and won’t leave without him or her.
  • Always let your child know where you are.
  • If you leave your child with a childminder, make sure you say goodbye properly.
  • Tell your child when you will beback.
  • Praise your child when you go and when you pick him or her up later.

Travelling during pregnancy

  • Don’t travel if there are complications related to your pregnancy. Consult your doctor.
  • Consult your doctor before you leave for your trip.
  • Avoid stress on the trip and take regular breaks.
  • If you are flying, check flight times carefully.
  • Drink a lot and use the bathroom regularly.
  • Carry your maternity healthpassport (Mutterschaftspass) with you at all times.
  • If you are driving, take hourly breaks to stretch your legs.

Protective measures

  • Check the expiry dates of all passports and renew them if necessary.
  • Don’t let your children travel with valuables.
  • Never leave your children unattended and only with qualified and reliable childminders.
  • Leave your mobile number with the child minder.
  • Never leave children unattended by the sea.
  • Take out an insurance that covers accidents and illness abroad.
  • Pack an emergency kit with a thermometer, plasters, pincers,disinfectant, etc.
  • Check the recommended vaccinations.
  • If you have an accident on holiday, go and see a doctor or a hospital (there are travel insurances, e.g.Eurocamp, that provide quick and non-bureaucratic support).
  • Carry your health insurance card with you at all times.

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