ABC of family holidays in winter - how to avoid stressful situations?
Costly guarded car park, not included in the winter trip offer. Purchased ski equipment for a child who declares that he no longer wants to ski. Lost documents and an eternally unloaded phone when we urgently need to call. Bored and irritated household members who would like to get a TV remote control in their hotel room in the evening. How to avoid unnecessary stress and spend time with your loved ones on a winter trip?
Winter holidays - by children much awaited, and by parents... not necessarily. What should be kept in mind in order to remember the family trip as a good and carefree time spent with the loved ones?
Overnight stay without unpleasant surprises
When planning a winter trip with your family, it is better not to leave too much to chance. If the place has not been directly recommended to us by someone who is a friend, whose opinion we take into account, it is worth carefully follow the opinions and reviews of the center on the Internet. Video reviews of popular influencers who have visited a given ski resort before can also be helpful in this respect. Let's also check if the location of the hotel, accommodation or resort is consistent with the description declared in the offer - preferably near the slope or in a place with good access to it. It is worth asking for details such as parking (or guarded and additionally paid) and the possibility of using hotel services such as swimming pool and sauna. If you want to stick to a predetermined budget, it is better to know the amount of any fees before departure and avoid unpleasant surprises on the spot.
In the suitcase, don't forget these things!
Packing is a key element of preparations for winter holidays. If you are planning to relax in the country, the matter is relatively simple. Most of the necessary products can also be found in local shops in the resort, so it is worth to focus on those who are lacking we can painfully feel. Surely it is worth packing a first aid kit in a suitcase, in which you will find not only drugs for fever, indigestion or pain, but also specifics helpful in case of any injury. It is better to avoid a situation when on Sunday evening we will be looking for a 24-hour pharmacy, which... may not be in the area. Another essential product is a cream with a filter. Let us not be fooled by the idea that sun protection should only be taken care of in summer. Another extremely useful device, especially during trips, is a powerbank (e.g. Fresh n Rebel). An unloaded cell phone in the least expected moment? Not this time. It is also worth putting card and board games, bottles, thermos, portable Bluetooth speaker (not every room will have music equipment) or e-book reader in the suitcase. After all, it's not just the snow and the slope that makes people live on winter holidays on long, cool evenings.
Don't underestimate your safety - trips abroad
If you plan to spend your winter holiday abroad, you have to take into account more factors than for domestic trips. First, stealing a payment card or documents means that we should immediately contact the bank and choose the nearest Polish embassy to report the loss of passport and documents. Secondly, documents such as passports and ID cards should be copied to simplify procedures in case of theft. It's not difficult to get injured on the slopes - the slopes are crowded, and the lack of proper preparation and warm-up is doing its job. The whole family should have insurance for the time of departure, it is also worth to get an EHIC card in advance in order to be able to use the state health service in the EU countries. When you go to the holiday resort by car, you should also take care of its condition - check it out or buy Assistance security. Let us not allow anything to spoil our mood in the event of difficulties on the road.
Boring and quarrels - adapt activities for the whole family
When choosing a centre, it is worth to be guided by the diversity of attractions for all age groups in the family, so that each member of the family - a few years old, teenagers, parents or grandparents can find something for themselves. It is best to choose a place where you can practice skiing and boarding for more or less advanced winter sports enthusiasts. If you are skiing with your children for the first time, do not buy all your equipment and accessories. It is better to use reliable rental companies and experts who will help you fit your child's equipment and provide high quality accessories for your winter holidays. Let the youngest children associate driving lessons with fun, not compulsion. It is necessary to take care of such conditions so that the child will always feel safe and comfortable. If children do not catch the bug, let's not force them to continue driving, but let's try to find other activities. Holidays in the mountains are not only winter sports. There are plenty of ways to spend time creatively with your loved ones. A trip around the surrounding villages, a long walk ending in a snow battle, a competition for the cheerful snowman or maybe a toboggan race? The choice is yours! In the evening, instead of watching TV, it is worth doing something together - for example, play board games, card games or organize your own quiz show "What's the melody" using your favorite playlist on the phone and mobile Bluetooth speaker, such as Rockbox Bold M from Fresh n Rebel.
So many people in the house, so many ideas for spending time together. After all, the family trip is supposed to be an opportunity for us to spend time in our own company, to break away from everyday worries and professional duties, and not another source of stress.