Managing The Travelling
- Sticker and activity books including pencils
- Handheld computer games fully charged
- Headphones and films downloaded onto an Ipad
- Individually packed snacks so they can munch through them without having to wait for us
- Card games (such as Uno) which they can play together
- Small toys (e.g cars and small dolls)
Managing The Climate
Neither of the children are particularly good in hot climates. When we headed to Spain a few months ago, they were both melting in the 30 degree heat. However, when we looked at the temperature in Cancun, we were pleased to see that it ranges from 23 to 28 degrees across the year. June seems to be the hottest time, so we have settled on heading out there either in the Easter holidays or towards the end of the Summer.
One of our biggest mistakes when going to Spain was not thinking ahead about what the children might need in a hotter climate, so we are making sure to plan more carefully for Mexico. We are packing light weight cotton clothes, plenty of hats and sunglasses, water bottles for when we head out for the day, lots and lots of high factor suncream and different swimsuits as we have heard that the climate is quite humid which can make it hard for swimming costumes to dry out over night!
Managing The Food
We are lucky in the fact that both of the children are pretty good eaters. There isn’t much that they won’t eat (apart from sprouts, which tend to end up on the floor!) so I wasn’t initially worried too much about food when we are over in Mexico. However, neither of them particularly like spicy food, and recently we headed to a Mexican restaurant to get a flavour of what was to come – only to discover that our 5 year old had a distinct reaction to the more spicy food (imagine rushing round an unknown city desperately trying to find trousers and pants and you’ll have an idea of what we went through!)
I’m not one for allowing the children to be fussy with food, and I expect them both to at least try different foods when we are over there, but within reason I don’t want them to feel unwell or be unhappy. So, we are planning on packing some easy carry on foods with us to ensure that we always have something to hand if we need to. Bags of crisps, biscuits and some crackers will probably be our go to, and we know that there are Walmarts over in Mexico so we know where to go if we need to restock!
Oddly in our family, it is more likely to be me or Paul who gets sick rather than the children (although there was that exception of the 5 year old getting chicken pox in the middle of a 5 day cruise – that was fun!), but we want to be as prepared as possible. The number of times we have been wandering around towns and cities desperately trying to figure out how to ask for calamine lotion, bite cream or pain killers is innumerable. So this time we are going to be much better prepared. We have a fantastic little first aid kit which includes plasters, bandages, safety pins, disinfectant wipes and more, and we will add painkillers, ginger tablets, indigestion tablets and Imodium. That should cover most instances of ill health. We are also going to make sure that we manage the food we eat and what we drink quite carefully, as both Paul and I have quite sensitive stomaches, so we won’t be taking any risks on this first trip!
All in all, we are so excited to go on our first long haul holiday – the children have been looking at maps and figuring out where we are going, we’ve looked at the areas we are going to travel to and talked to them about the experiences we will have. Travel is so important to expand the mind and imagination of children, and I’m so excited to give them this once in a lifetime experience that will stay with them forever!
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