How To Enjoy A No-Stress Family Activity Holiday on the Alps

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The Alps provide so many cool activities for family holiday-makers; Fresh air, lots of different outdoor activities, and building snowmen are just a few of them. Yet, as any parent knows, traveling with the whole family can bring with it hassle and stress.

We’ve put together some handy tips and tricks that will help you to get the most out of your Alps adventure, and keep children of all ages entertained.

Plan Ahead

The first step is to carefully take the time to plan your vacation to the Alps. Planning is an essential part of making sure that everything runs smoothly. You will want to research the resort or hotel that you are planning on staying at to make sure that it is family-friendly. It’s a wise idea to pick a hotel that offers some form of entertainment for the little ones, such as a kids club or playroom. A babysitting service is also helpful so that you can enjoy a few romantic dinners with your loved one without the kids.

The same applies to flights and transfers. Try and pick flight times that will cause minimum disruption to your normal schedule. Red-eye flights may be cheaper, but they can be extremely tiring for younger ones. Ensure that you have your transfers sorted for when you arrive. Again, go for a taxi or shared shuttle service over public transportation, and you’ll make it much easier for everyone.

Try and book your holiday as early in advance as possible. While it may be tempting to go for those cheap last minute deals, there is much less room for spontaneity and flexibility when you are travelling with the whole family in tow.

Create an Itinerary

You will want to put together a rough itinerary of what you want to do on a daily basis. Take a look at Tripadvisor to see some of the most popular tours, excursions, and sites that are available in the area of the Alps that you are visiting. You may even want to book you and your family into a few guided tours to really get the most out of your stay.

Remember to choose your activities wisely. Double check that what you choose to do is suitable for the age of your children. For example, a long mountainside hike, or a challenging ski run may not be the best choice, while a more gentle bike tour or short guided walk could do the trick. You can even book yourself an organized family activity holiday that has all of your activities and itinerary arranged for you

Savvy parents use a spreadsheet to note down what to do and when. You can then keep this on your phone and refer back to it throughout your trip. Remember, you don’t want to overburden yourself and create a packed itinerary that doesn’t allow time to go with the flow. This can actually be more stressful than having no itinerary at all. Instead, put in the main things you want to see and do and then leave a fair bit of free time to change things up if you need to

Pack Wisel

Packing for the whole family can be a tricky task indeed. Use a trusted weather source to find out what the weather will be like for your upcoming trip. The weather in the Alps can be quite unpredictable, so bring along lots of clothes that you can layer up should the weather suddenly change.

The right footwear is important too, so make sure you pack what’s right for the type of activities that you plan on doing. Also, remember that suncream, as well as hats and sunglasses! Even if the weather is set to be cold and snowy, the Alps often have high UV levels and it can be surprisingly easy to get sunburned. Check out this article for more information on what to wear for your winter trip.

Pack some entertainment essentials to keep the kids occupied during long journeys or downtime. Some books, magazines, or a stocked-up kindle will do the trick. An iPad is also a helpful little device, and you can fill it with new apps, films, and games.

It can be daunting for little ones to travel away from the comforts of their home. If you want to make your kids feel more comfortable, then you should pack a few personal items of theirs that they regularly use back home. This can include their own bowl, cup or spoon. You can also pack a few teddy bears or their favourite toys and blankets to help them. This will also encourage them to finish their food.

Other essentials include a camera to capture all of the magic on film, wet wipes and a mini pharmacy with all your at-home natural remedies. There are convenience stores, supermarkets and the likes throughout the major tourist hotspots in the Alps, but goods in these places will often come at inflated prices. To avoid shelling out unnecessary money because you forget the essentials, refer to a checklist or packing guide when you are packing for your Alps holiday.

Bring Backpacks and Goody Bags

Goody bags are also a sweet and fun way to keep your kids entertained during long journeys. Create a few of these before you go and then give them to them as a surprise on the plane, or when things get a little tough. You can fill your goody bag with pencils, mini books, toys, and healthy snacks. Avoid any sort of sugared candy, as you are well aware these can make kids particularly hyper.

It’s also a nice idea to buy your kids little backpacks for their Alps adventure. This will allow them to take their favourite things of activity essentials out with them. It also helps to promote independence, just make sure that it isn’t too heavy for them.

Comfort is Key

Try and do everything that is possible to make things run more smoothly. Quite often than not, flights, train journeys, car hire and even hotels come with a range of add-on options. If your budget allows, it’s always a good idea to say yes to them. Reserved seats on the plane will allow you to all sit together and avoid those dreaded queues. Shell out for better seats on trains, and if you’re hiring a car then make sure that it comes with sat nav, and car seats if needed too.

Cultural Tips

Finally, you should always be aware of local customs and traditions. While the Alps are a tourist hotspot, you should still be aware that some of the smaller villages have local cultures and traditions that you need to be aware of. Do a little research before you go to avoid offending any of the locals. Also check that the tap water is safe to drink before you do so.

The same applies to when you are out and about on tours. The ecosystem can be very fragile in the Alps, so you will want to encourage your kids to be careful and leave every place as they found it. Some reusable water bottles are a great idea too, as they prevent you from buying more plastic bottles, plus they are good for staying hydrated on longer walks.

Follow the above tips and you will be well on your way to planning a magical vacation. So grab your suitcase and dig out the camera, your Alps adventure awaits. Happy family travels!

 

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