With travel being restricted for so long during the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are desperately waiting to get back in the sun with their children and have a fun-filled break away from home. This is why we want to give you some tips and advice about traveling safely with children post-pandemic to make sure that you're fully prepared for your family travels.
Keeping up to date with the latest local and abroad travel restrictions is imperative to planning a holiday. Some countries may require proof of vaccinations or have quarantining expectations still post-pandemic, so it is important to ensure that you take the time to do this research so you know what you're facing. You can find valuable and relevant holiday information that is regularly updated – for example, this guide recommends some of the safest countries to visit this year.
It is important to research and plan ahead of your holiday to ensure that you aren't met with any unexpected restrictions or difficulties during your long-awaited family holiday away from home.
Plan fun activities
When traveling with kids, it is important to have a lot of activities planned to keep the children entertained and having fun! Research has shown that younger families from the UK have an average of 1.8 abroad holidays a year pre-pandemic and that 95% of family travelers prioritise keeping their family entertained and happy throughout their trip.
Because of this, planning activities and places to visit throughout your travels before you get there is a great way to keep the kids excited and having fun. You can plan visits to the beach or adventure parks in an itinerary so you always know where you're up to with your holiday.
Make the most of the outdoors
After spending so much time locked down during the pandemic, we strongly encourage you to get some quality family time outdoors. The most popular family holidays are beach and seaside resort holidays, or holidays in the rural countryside, and there's a reason for that – kids love to play outdoors!
Not only will being outdoors be a great escape, spending time outdoors is great for your children's health and well-being and is sure to make your holiday fun for all the family. Whether you are traveling abroad or somewhere much closer to home, spending time outdoors will be a great way to get everybody active.
Pack the essentials
Going on holiday with your kids means a lot of packing. As the pandemic hasn't completely ended yet, it is important to ensure that you are keeping your family safe on your holiday – this might mean packing face masks or coverings for public transport, or ensuring you've got a travel-sized hand sanitiser on your person at all times. It is important to remember to pack essentials that every family needs for their holidays: clothes, backup clothes, suncream (especially if traveling abroad), and any medication you might require.
Keep up with hygiene
As briefly mentioned, it's still important to keep your family as safe as possible during your post-pandemic travels. You can do this by ensuring that your kids wash their hands regularly and that you all sanitise your hands regularly to ensure that you are always clean and protected against germs. With so many of us not traveling for so long, it might be easier to pick up germs, so we would recommend being cautious on your holidays to make sure that the fun doesn't stop.
Perhaps the most important piece of advice that we can give you is to have fun. Going on holiday as a family and creating life-long memories is a wonderful thing. Make the most of traveling with your loved ones again post-pandemic and create some fun-filled memories with your children through exciting activities and trips.