I have just returned from a week-trip to Crete(big Greek island) with the whole family and it was a really good experience as the children are 7 and 10 years old.
It was the first time the kids got on an airplane and be somewhere far away from home. I was a bit nervous about it, but it is all about preparation.
First of all the identification issue. Here in Greece, adults can travel with their ID, but children do not have ID.You can issue a passport, but it cost about 80 euro and it lasts for 3 years.However,you can ask the police for an identification card (with a photo of the child) which is cost-free!
Next is the baggage issue.The airline allowed one cabin bag and one handbag;that meant that everyone got his own suitcase. Of course in a family of 4 person for a one-week vacation (including attending a wedding ceremony) there were more than the cabin bag could carry;but not too much. Thus, I also paid for a big suitcase in the airplane, where we all put together what was necessary.
The flight was OK and we headed to the hotel. Kids always love swimming pools, no matter how beautiful beaches may be near you. Crete has numerous beaches, but we came up with windy days, which made us reluctant to swim with the waves. Fortunately, we had the Swimming pool solution. We, the parents, drank our coffee at the sunbeds while looking over the children which swam near by…..
When you visit a place with many sightseeing places ,you must program beforehand. You must organize the whole family, so that you have time to see what you plan and make sure that you are not overtired;after all it is summer and everyone wants to relax. Whether you go to see the archaological (or other parks) or head to the beach, make sure you have hats, sunscreen and get to drink lots of fluids; the sun might dehydrate you. Another solution is to visit the museums in the morning (which is air-conditioned) and head to the beach (or the park) after 5.00 in the afternoon, when the sun rays are not so intense.
A first aid kit box might also be useful.You can always buy from the place you will visit, but you cannot be sure what time you will need a hansaplast patch or when a mosquito will bite you.Here is a list of what you may include:
- wound-cleaning gauze
- sterile dressings
- bandage tape
- sunburn treatment
- insect repellent
- insect bite treatment
- medication for pre-existing medical conditions
Last, but not least, don’t forget to bring your good mood. It is easy to get stressed up while thinking all these stuff,but remember:It’s Vacations! You should have fun!
What do you think? What else do you bring with you when on vacations? Share your ideas in the comment section!