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?
- 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.
- 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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