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5 Tips for a Stress-Free Beach Vacation with Kids - Guidelines for a Hassle Free- Family Beach Holiday

Enjoying a family beach getaway with children can be a challenge the first time around. Here are some tips to help you experience a drama-free holiday with the kids in a beach capital.


Preparation is Everything

As in any trip or excursion involving young children, preparation is the key to enjoying a carefree holiday bereft of drama and stress. Preparing for travel starts with the planning process and even selecting a beach holiday destination, to begin with as some beach hotspots are more suitable for families with children than others. Ensure the beach selected is a family-friendly hub free from water sports enthusiasts, wedding parties and large crowds in general as taking care of little ones in an open area such as beach can prove to be a challenge in the above-mentioned circumstances. Those who wish to engage in a lot of activities with the children may wish to buy a beach cart to stow away strollers, boogie boards and beach umbrellas although certain hotels do offer beach carts for rent.


Secure the Perfect Base

When it comes to selecting a beach hotel or a resort, there are several elements to consider when holidaying with kids. Firstly, a beach hotel which is within walking distance of the beach is ideal as one need not travel to the destination and secure early parking and face the hassles of a car ride to the beach. Whether one selects the AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa or any other similar Bentota resort, make sure the venue has an on-site kid's pool as well as other facilities including a kid's club to keep the young ones entertained. Those which offer babysitting services and scuba diving or snorkelling lessons for children are also ideal.


Food Essentials

Regardless of whether the kids are picky eaters or not, packing some of their favourite snacks is also essential to maintain peace when holidaying with children. In addition to sandwiches and other lunch options to consume at the beach, keep a day bag full of their favourite snacks on hand for when the kids get cranky or upset during the day. Avoid packing sodas and foods high in sugar content as these are both unhealthy and can cause erratic behaviour in children.


Take Sun Protection Seriously

Sunburn is no laughing matter in beach locations and children who spend time on the beach without sunscreen are at a higher risk of developing various dermatological diseases. Reapplication at regular intervals is also a must as most sunscreens are effective for 80 minutes or so although some may be water resistant. Some kids may refuse or kick up a fuss where sunscreen is concerned but it is important to take a stand and let the young ones know that sunscreen is non-negotiable.


Clean as You Go

Cleansing products large and small should also be a top priority for parents as clean up during a beach holiday can prove difficult with sand getting everywhere. Wet wipes and hand sanitizers are not the only options as there are countless other easy to use and efficient cleaning tools to use for travel purposes in supermarkets today.