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Do you have any half term plans with the grandkids?

71% of you told us you do in a recent survey, and it can be a joyful experience – but let’s be honest, it can also be exhausting!

When you’re out and about or travelling on family holidays it’s lovely to watch young children’s excitement to learn and explore, however, it can be difficult to keep them happy and occupied at all times. So, here are a few tips to make your break with the grandkids as fun as possible…

Have Entertainment on Hand

Playing games, reading books and discussing what you are going to do on your trip are all good ideas. Think Connect Four and talking about their favourite Superhero. Electronic devices are also great for watching films when the kids (or you) need some quiet time.

Pack Snacks and Plan Meals

As you’ve probably experienced, children can be fussy eaters. So don’t forget that when travelling you might not always be able to get the food they love. Bring along familiar snacks to stop the grumpiness of rumbling tummies. Same goes for drinks too – and do they have a special cup? – make sure you don’t forget it!

Broaden and Pique Their Interests

One of the best summer tips for travelling with grandchildren is to find activities that you will both enjoy. For example, learn more about a subject they like and pique their interests by exploring a museum which has an exhibit about it.
Also, creative activities like painting and drawing can make children take more notice of their surroundings and ask questions about where you’ve travelled to; broadening their interests further.

Stick to a Routine

Although you can be a little more flexible on holiday, children are best when they stick to a routine.  Just like at home, try to keep to regular meal times and nap times – for small children especially. Avoid temper tantrums and meltdowns by making sure they are well rested and well fed. Although bedtime can vary slightly, they are more likely to enjoy the day with you if they’ve had a proper nights sleep.

Take Time to Review and Evaluate Your Time

We all like to decompress at the end of the day and doing so can be beneficial for the children too. Take time to talk about what you have done during the day. Asking questions such as, “What did you like best?” can be beneficial to the whole experience. It also helps the kids to process what they’ve done and to remember the fun they have had with you.
Plus, evaluating at the end of the day will aid a restful sleep too.

Tips on What to Bring Along

There are certain essential but small things that make all the difference to your travelling. For example, wet wipes to clean messy fingers and wipe scraped knees; a first aid kit for minor injuries that are bound to happen (those plasters work magic), and of course sun cream.

Planning to travel with grandchildren?

Lastly, don’t forget your most essential item when packing if you’re going on holiday: medical travel insurance.  At AllClear, we cover All conditions. All ages. All destinations.

Benefits of AllClear Cover

Gold Gold Plus Platinum
Emergency medical expenses and Repatriation costs Up to £10m Up to £15m Up to £15m
Cancellation* and Curtailment Up to £2k Up to £15k Up to £25k
Extended cover 30 days FREE 30 days FREE 30 days FREE
Friend or relative to travel from your home area to stay with you if you fall ill with Covid-19 Up to £2k Up to £2k Up to £2k
Travel Delay Up to £100 Up to £350 Up to £500
Recuperation stay
Cost of return flight due to COVID-19
Personal Belongings Up to £2k Up to £2.5k Up to £3k
Personal liability Up to £2m Up to £2m Up to £2m
Legal protection cover Up to £50k Up to £50k Up to £100k
* If you buy a policy which includes cancellation cover
All these figures are per person and per trip

Simple 3 step quote process

1. Call us or click a quote button on our site

Once you are ready to start the quote process, the first step is to provide your personal details and information about your holiday plans.

2. Complete our simple medical screening process

You then declare the medical conditions for you (and any other travellers) and answer the specifically designed medical questions.

3. Get your quotes

You will then get your quotes and can either proceed to buy, or save your quote, at this stage.

Author notes

Written by Lydia Crispin, MA Content Creator at AllClear
Edited by Letitia Smith, M.Sc. Content Manager at AllClear

* With a purchase of an AllClear branded policy, you’ll automatically enter the £500 prize draw. Plus, you’ll get 20% off the base price of your policy. Discount does not apply to any premium generated to cover medical conditions and optional extras. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Offer ends at 23:59 on 4/12/23. T&Cs apply

Written by: Lydia Crispin | Travel Insurance Expert
Last Updated: 17 March 2022

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