According to the Office for National Statistics,
there were 72.8 million visits overseas by UK residents in 2017, and the main reason for these visits was for a holiday. It’s no surprise that abroad holidays are on the rise - a break from everyday life with your nearest and dearest means you can bond and spend quality time together. Alongside this, research undertaken by university professor, Jaak Panksepp found that family holidays are hugely important for a child’s advanced brain development. This is because the brain’s genetically ingrained PLAY system and SEEKING system that are both found in the brain’s limbic area are exercised. At home in the same environment, these systems often go unexercised for long periods of time.
However, when parents play with their children and share new experiences in a new environment without any distractions, it has a hugely positive effect on the brain development of the child. This is because the parents are relaxed and focusing their undivided attention on their little ones, helping to boost their IQ and enhance concentration skills (The Telegraph
Whether you’re going on your very first family holiday abroad or your family are seasoned when it comes to jetting off to your next luxury holiday, it’s no secret that booking, preparing and getting to the airport is a stressful experience that results in a few grey hairs. However, taking the brood on holiday is well worth the stresses, as you’ll create memories that last a lifetime. However, getting those suitcases packed and getting to your destination doesn’t have to feel like a chore - it should be part of the fun! Ocean Holidays have asked the community for their expert holiday packing tips!
List down everything you might need before you pack
Whether you’re going on a big overseas holiday to Disney World in Orlando
, Florida for a few weeks, or you’re taking your family on a short break to New York
, you should write a list of everything you need - beyond the obvious clothes and holiday essentials. Founder of Claimscore, Kevin Hedges says he thinks of everything from the documents they need before travelling to the entertainment he provides his kids during travel.
“If you are travelling by car, check what documents you might need if you get stopped. Make sure your car or hand luggage is stocked up with things to do. We use a ‘no-screen travel games cheat sheet
’ that can be taken with you. This makes time go quicker and gives the whole family a good giggle or two."
Opt for 3-in-1 toiletries, sunscreens and repellants
It is no secret that taking your family abroad requires a lot
of packing, and trying to squeeze everything into the suitcase might seem like an Olympic sport when it comes to getting it zipped up. What makes this frustrating is that the essentials such as shampoo, conditioner, sunscreen and bug repellent takes up so much room! Jenny Liddell from Excellart
said she tackles this and maximises space by packing 3-in-1 sunscreen and bug repellant, which is also much cheaper! "Its crucial that we maximise our space when packing, so instead of bringing 3 separate bulky (and expensive!) products, I pack a 3-in-1 formula such as incognitos new factor 30 Second Second Sunscreen which has a built-in mosquito repellent and moisturiser. This works for us because were also a vegan family who care about our plastic consumption and incognito ticks both these boxes!”
Carrying a 3-in-1 formula around with you when you and your family are exploring International Drive in Florida
or Universal Studios Orlando
will be so much easier than lugging around multiple bottles. You can also repel nasty mosquitos bite and protect your little ones from damaging UV rays all in one go!
Try and get your luggage to your destination before you arrive
For those who are super organised (or at least trying to be), sending the bulk of your luggage to your hotel in Las Vegas or villa in Florida means your journey to and from the airport won’t be anywhere near as stressful! This way, you can keep an eye on your hyperactive and excitable clan, without having to drag suitcases everywhere. Stuart Cooke says that using Uni Baggage to send his luggage before he travels has saved him time, money and stress! "Once you’ve managed to pack your luggage, the next task is actually getting it to your destination in one piece. Luggage shipping companies like Uni Baggage
provide a service that can not only help you save time, but also money when it comes to your luggage. You simply ship your suitcases and bags ahead to your destination, allowing you to travel hands-free, all whilst avoiding any pesky excess baggage fees along the way."
Pack indestructible kids toys in the hand-luggage
Many parents dread bringing their kids on long-haul flights. Whether you’re going to Disney World, Lake Buena Vista or Central Park, it’s going to take a few hours on a plane to get there and back. By packing indestructible kids toys in your hand luggage, you can keep your children entertained and calm during the flight. Amanda Overend says that Indestructible Books was a lifesaver when she went on her family holiday. “Indestructibles books
are ideal for families travelling with under twos. Theyre chew-proof, rip-proof, waterproof books and theyre super-light so perfect for popping in hand luggage. And because they’re waterproof they can double up as a bath and pool toy too!”
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with Ocean Holidays today and book your family holiday! Don’t forget to vote for us under the British Travel Awards!