If you are anything like me and you have a young family, you may have put of having an outdoors type adventure holiday, and used the kids as an excuse to getting out and about! Although the resort style holiday is a fun one, sometimes it’s good to get off the beaten track and do something a little more adventurous. Here are some things that Alex Simring found helpful when planning these types of trips.
If you are going away on a long trip, it is really important to make sure that you’ve got lots of small activities for the kids to do. I mean more than just bringing the iPad of course! Just think of some simple things like bringing books to read, colouring pens to draw stuff with and some of their favourite board games such as Monopoly.
You also need to make sure that you have got at least the basic semblance of organisation. If you are taking a long car trip, make sure you think of somewhere to stop along the way to get lunch and to stretch you legs. If you are going somewhere new, have a look around beforehand to plan some great day trips. If you don’t have any plans at all, it’s all too easy just to sleep in and hang around all day.
Let me emphasise packing suitable snacks for any road trips of day time trips. You don’t want to have to rely on stopping of at McDonald’s or fill up on junk food at the nearest petrol station. Bring bottles of water and lots of fresh fruit. Rice crackers or corn chips can also be a tasty treat and help keep the munchies at bay.
Something you might not think of bringing is a first aid kit. It’s always handy to have things like band-aids, panadol or nurofen, and any of the other basic stuff you might find in a first aid kit. Tweezers are also handy, and it’s always a good idea to bring a pair of scissors as well. Don’t forget to bring any medications you might normally take. For example, if your kids have asthma but don’t often use their puffers, it’s a good idea to take it anyway just in case. It’s also handy to know where the nearest local hospital is…. just in case.
Always make sure that you let someone know where you are going and that you are able to be contacted if needed. That will mean making sure to bring your mobile phone as well as your phone charger. Even though you will probably try to head off the beaten track, it’s still a good idea to bring your phone with you and stay in contact at all times.
Another advantage of an adventure holiday is that it helps to break the routine. If you are used to sleeping in on the weekends, then planning an active holiday may be just what you need to start getting into the routine of action packed weekends when you return from holidays. One thing which is very important is to learn how to wake up early, for if you get a late start to the day it is highly likely that even the best laid plans will go to waste.
Taking an adventure holiday can be lots of fun with a family, and it’s the kind of holiday they are likely to remember for ever. You want to make sure that you have planned all of the basics and remember that safety always comes first. Now stop making excuses and get that trip planned!