Whilst you and your family are likely very excited to take a break over the summer to either relax in the garden at home or jet off on an adventure in some foreign land, you likely have a lot on your plate in terms of research and preparation as the responsible parent in the family (or perhaps you have a partner who can help carry some of the load).
Whatever the case, you all want to have a blast over the summer break, and you don’t want to have to think too much; you want to unwind and let your mind relax just as your children do. Obviously, you have much more responsibility than your children do, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have just as much fun as them over the break. Here’s the ultimate family guide to having a blast over the break whilst always planning and thinking ahead.
This one should go without saying, but so many people fail to recognize the importance of protecting oneself from the sun. When it comes to your children, the importance of this is paramount. Sunscreen is the most trusted tool you can take on a family vacation; remember not to be deceived by temperature.
The temperature may be very pleasant along certain parts of the coast, and the breeze may even feel deceptively cold at times, but the sun can still cause damaging effects regardless of how the body feels. If it’s sunny outside, ensure that everyone in the family is adequately protected on any parts of their skin that are exposed. If anyone gets changed into swimwear to head off into the ocean or the pool, ensure that they top up their sunscreen on all exposed areas before and after doing this.
Whether you’re all running around in the garden and having a water fight or swimming in the sea alongside some beautiful coast abroad, you likely can’t help thinking about the safety of your family; your children, in particular. Of course, it’s important not to let this ruin your vacation, and it’s also important not to mollycoddle anyone in your family. This is a chance for you all to get away from home and experience something new, so it doesn’t have to be turned into an anxiety trip for you. There are ways to stay safe and have fun.
A first aid kit doesn’t go amiss. Bringing plasters, bandages, and medicine will put your mind at ease and probably put your children’s mind at ease too. It might seem a little extreme, but you could look into bringing things such as lidocaine injectable too, as members of the family could get cuts and other injuries during this excitable time of year; you’re all going to be much more active than usual, given the heat and excitement, so everybody’s going to be far more prone to accidents. You can’t wrap your family in a bubble, but bringing supplies in case of sickness or injury is a smart decision.
Safety in water
The last point to make is that your children should always be safe in water. This goes without saying, in a sense, but you should be keeping an eye on them at all times. If they’re in the pool at the resort, there will be lifeguards present, but it’s still key that you teach them how to swim and ensure they know their limits in terms of depth in the pool. In the ocean, ensure they don’t swim out too far.
Veronica Mitchell says
Hi Stephanie, thank you for these tips! We’re looking forward to hitting the beach and get some vitamin sea this summer. Totally agree with always having sunscreen and prepare in advance to make sure you have everything packed. 🙂