Tips for a Safe and Stress-Free Family Holiday

Tips for a Safe and Stress-Free Family Holiday

Do you remember the excitement of a family holiday when you were a kid? Packing all your holiday clothes, the busy airport, the flight and then being somewhere totally new.

Now, think about how you feel about holidays as a parent… The excitement is all mixed up with the choices of airlines and hotels, the tediousness of packing, and, of course, the worry of how to keep your family safe and healthy. This can be a real pain, but with the right preparation and insurance you shouldn’t have to worry at all. Here are our tips for making holidays as stress-free as possible.

 

A Pre-Holiday Trip to the Doctor

Before you head out on your holidays, you should visit your GP or travel clinic to find out about any required vaccinations. Asking on an online forum is never a bad idea, but really a physician will know best. You can also check the Smartraveller website for any international health warnings or required vaccinations.

If anyone in the family has any pre-existing conditions, you’ll need to declare these when you’re buying travel insurance to determine whether or not they can be covered.

If you need to take any medicine with you, ensure it is in its original packaging, and bring your prescription note from your doctor, as well as a letter explaining why you need the medication, to avoid any trouble with customs. Some prescription drugs that you purchased at home could be illegal at your destination.

Allergies can also be an issue when traveling. If someone in the family has a serious allergy, carrying an EpiPen is a must and a card from your doctor with the details of the allergy translated into the language of your destination is very useful.

If your child has special needs or a specific condition, they should wear a special identity bracelet with the details of their condition and treatment. Your doctor can give you advice about where to get one.

Packing the Family Bags

 

Luggage can be a real pain, especially if you’re traveling with small children. You might want to take a car seat or stroller with you, but luggage rules can differ greatly between airlines and airports. Make sure to check with your airline about any luggage restrictions before you travel. Another option is to look into baby equipment hire companies at your destination.

Some airlines will allow you to take your stroller all the way to the departure gate, which is a godsend. You know how heavy kids can be to carry, especially if you are tired and trying to carry other bags.

You may also want to check what your insurance covers when it comes to lost or damaged luggage. Arriving at your destination without your luggage can be one of the worst letdowns, but if you know your insurance covers everything it is at least comforting. You also don’t need to worry about the money spent replacing things you need.

What to Carry-On

 

When you travel with kids, it can be fun to pack exciting bags for them. You’ll need to carry essentials like a favourite toy, some snacks, and a change of clothes, as well as plenty of things to do.

Older kids are easy to please with an iPad or game console, but babies can be more difficult. Make sure you have plenty of comforts from home, like a blanket, pillow and favorite stuffed animal.

Adding a couple of new toys, sticker books or activity books can go a long way to relieve boredom and make the trip more exciting.

Healthy Flying

Once you’re on the plane you’ll want to make sure everyone is happy and comfortable. No one wants to get sick on the plane, but with so many people in close confines you should do everything you can to keep everyone’s hands as clean as possible.

Baby wipes and hand sanitiser are essential for you and the kids, as we all know little hands are constantly grabbing things.

Little ears can also be very sensitive to the pressure, so make sure you are prepared for this. Babies can either be breast or bottle fed during take off and landing, and kids can be given a lollipop to suck on. They’ll love this treat and it really does work.

Food on the plane isn’t always to kids’ liking, so taking plenty of snacks with you is a must. Try to keep the sugar content low as you don’t want them bouncing off the walls, but biscuits, crackers, granola bars and sliced fruit are great to pack up and take on board.

At Your Destination

 

When you arrive you’ll probably be ready to relax and enjoy your holiday, but you might also be a little out of your comfort zone when it comes to the kids. You will have new foods, situations, and environmental factors to deal with.

When you arrive at your accommodation, check for anything that might be dangerous for little ones, for example stairs, balconies or slippery floors. If anything seems particularly worrying tell the staff immediately.

Also, be very aware of kids around pools, just as you would be at home. We all know toddlers that have no fear will head straight for the pool the second your back is turned, and not all hotel pools have lifeguards on duty.

Other problems you might face in a foreign country are stomach upsets that lead to dehydration. Try to eat at clean restaurants with a high turnover. You can also prepare by taking a travel probiotic before you leave to help strengthen good gut bacteria.

Get Insured

 

Southern Cross Travel Insurance has a comprehensive TravelCare insurance policy to put your mind at ease when booking a foreign holiday. Travel doesn’t always go to plan and accidents do happen. The most important thing is being covered by a solid insurance plan when the unexpected happens overseas.

Getting the best healthcare possible for your family should be your number one priority, and once you know you will be covered in the event of an emergency, you can relax and enjoy your holiday.

Other Useful Tips

  • Know basic first aid, and take a basic first aid kit with you. Insect bites, choking, and falls can happen anywhere.
  • Be very clear to communicate between adults about who is responsible for watching children, particularly around water or heights.
  • Reinforce pedestrian road safety – particularly if cars drive on the other side of the road.
  • Research where the closest clinics/hospitals are to your accommodation.

This post is written in collaboration with Southern Cross Travel Insurance. For more information or to get a quote, visit https://www.scti.com.au.

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6- 12 years olds engage with the I’m an Explorer program for curious young minds. This program offers children the opportunity to play and learn with a variety of activities. Arts and crafts, and learning about cultural experiences with the use of technology are big hits.

For some fun splashing around Play@Sheraton also features an outdoor playground and kid’s pool to keep kids active. It’s also great to get them playing outside. A healthy kid’s menu keeps their energy levels up and keeps both kids and parents happy. 

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Introducing Bali Goo

 

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Is Bali Safe? Fast Cover Travel Insurance Helps You Prepare for Your Bali Holiday

Is Bali Safe? Fast Cover Travel Insurance Helps You Prepare for Your Bali Holiday

What can I do to prepare for our family holiday in Bali?

Travelling to any foreign country raises a lot of questions and concerns about health and safety, especially if you’re travelling with children. If you’re wondering is Bali safe for your family, Fast Cover Travel Insurance covers some of the most common queries about travelling to Bali. Follow these practical tips to help make sure your Balinese family holiday is memorable for all the right reasons!

Get the family health in check

before you travel

 

Take the family for a thorough health check-up as soon as you know your travel dates. Your doctor may recommend vaccinations spread out over several weeks or months, so the earlier the better. These could include: Tetanus and Diphteria, Typhoid, MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) and Hepatitis A and B. If anyone in your family takes prescription medication, remember to ask your doctor for enough to tide you over until you get back. Make sure you pack enough for the whole trip, plus some extra in case you’re delayed getting home, and keep all medicines in their original packaging to avoid any potential problems with airport customs. While you’re there, you may also want to ask your doctor for a letter describing any medical conditions or allergies your children have. This can come in handy if your child needs medical attention in Bali.

Pack Smart

 

Bali’s climate is hot and sticky most of the year, so it’s best to pack light comfortable clothing made from natural fibres. Loose, long-sleeved garments will help protect you from the harsh sun and insects, and a ‘rashie’ or swim shirt will help prevent sunburn.

A wide-brimmed hat, flip-flops and sunglasses are also Bali essentials, and a light shawl or wrap comes in handy to drape over prams and create shade. Pack them within easy reach in your carry-on or you can pick up some bargains when you arrive.

You may also want to pack some basic first aid supplies like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, gastro stoppers, throat lozenges and paracetamol to help treat common illnesses and minor injuries. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen and insect repellent too!

Chat to Your Kids

 

Before you leave home, talk to your kids and lay down some basic ground rules for your holiday. These will be dependent on their age, but as well as the usual ‘stranger danger’ spiel you might like to go over your emergency family plan so they know what to do or who to contact in an emergency situation.

If you’re travelling with teens who are old enough to go exploring on their own, make sure they have your travel insurer’s emergency contact number, some backup cash in the local currency, and a business card from your hotel. If they get lost and can’t contact you they can show the card to a taxi driver. For younger children, some parents like to put their contact details and hotel address on a lanyard for kids to wear in case they get separated.

Buy Family Travel Insurance

Travel insurance doesn’t just cover your suitcases and belongings, it also covers the most important asset of all: your family’s health and safety. In a commissioned survey of over 1000 travellers, Fast Cover found that 1 in 5 travellers needed medical help overseas, with some claims up to a staggering $60,000 AUD* for emergency transport and treatment. If someone in your family is ill or injured overseas, you might be coming home with a very scary hospital bill.

Insurance also has other benefits like cancellations, missed connections and travel delays, which came in handy for thousands of travellers in 2016 when all flights were grounded due to volcanic eruptions. Stranded passengers were forced to camp at Bali’s airport or fork out for extra accommodation to wait out the delay, and those who couldn’t fly in were left out of pocket for any pre-paid accommodation or tours they couldn’t use.

As well as the financial peace of mind, travel insurance also gives you access to a 24-hour emergency contact centre from anywhere in the world which can help coordinate medical treatment, emergency evacuation, consular services, and even translators.

How Do We Stay Safe and Healthy in Bali?

Let the Locals do the Driving

 

Hiring a moped to ride around in Bali may seem like a cheap and fun option, but Balinese traffic can be hectic. Road rules are rarely enforced and many vehicles are poorly maintained. Fast Cover reports that injuries from riding motorbikes and scooters are one of the most common claims in Indonesia, and may not always be covered. For safety’s sake, stick to licensed taxi drivers on your family holiday and let an experienced local deal with the traffic. Bluebird Taxis are generally agreed by travellers to be the safest and most reputable company in Bali. You can book them online, at the airport, or ask your hotel reception.

Watch What You Eat

 

One of the best things about travel is tasting the local cuisine, but be mindful when choosing where and what to eat. Children are especially vulnerable to food poisoning and a case of Bali Belly can quickly ruin a great holiday – especially if there’s only one toilet in your hotel room!

Choose cafes or restaurants that look clean and are busy enough to have a fast turnover. If you’re feeling adventurous enough to eat street food, pick a stall where you can see the food is cooked at a high temperature, fresh to order with minimal handling. Fruits and vegetables may seem like a safe and healthy choice, but avoid eating raw vegetables or salads rinsed in contaminated tap water. Fruits which you can peel yourself like bananas, mandarins and oranges are the safest option for snacks.

If you or your children have food allergies, learn how to say it in Indonesian or download a translator app on your phone to say it for you. The English word for “allergy” or “allergic” sounds very similar in Indonesian. Most Balinese restaurant staff in touristy areas speak excellent English anyway and will be used to accommodating food allergies, but you could also take a photo of the food to show them if you’re concerned about getting lost in translation.

Be Water Wise

Tap water in many overseas countries including Indonesia can be swimming with bacteria and nasty parasites like Giardia. To minimise your risk, drink only bottled water and forego ice cubes in your drinks away from the main tourist areas. Also remember to keep your mouth closed in the shower and use bottled water to brush your teeth!

Most hotels will provide clean bottled water in your room, but if you purchase water from a street vendor or in a restaurant check that the cap is still sealed and hasn’t been tampered with.

Avoid Mosquito Bites

Mosquitoes in Bali can carry diseases like Dengue Fever which can be especially dangerous for your little travellers. Unfortunately there are no preventives for Dengue Fever, so the best way to avoid getting sick is to avoid getting bitten!

Fend off mosquitoes by wearing long, light-coloured clothing and using a tropical-strength insect repellent to spray exposed areas like the top of your feet and the back of your neck! Also avoid hanging around areas of stagnant water such as rice paddies and creeks, and try to stay indoors or cover up at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Appreciate the Local Wildlife from

a Safe Distance

  A day trip to Ubud’s Sacred Monkey Forest is on the itinerary for most families on their first trip to Bali, but remember that the monkeys are wild animals and can carry rabies and other diseases. Make sure the kids know not to try and touch or feed them. It’s also probably best not to let young children carry any food or drinks which may be snatched out of their hands at the first opportunity. Cats and dogs are also a common sight on the streets of Bali and may carry rabies and other infectious diseases, so keep a close eye on children who might be tempted to try and pat stray animals.

Swim Safely

Bali is famous for its beautiful beaches, water parks and resort swimming facilities, but be aware that most beaches and swimming pools are not patrolled by lifeguards. It’s up to you to keep an eye on your little ones around the water. Even if your family are all confident swimmers, respect local warnings about surf conditions and be wary of strong currents and undertows.

So, is Bali Safe?

Bali is one of the most popular destinations in the world for a family holiday, and for good reason! As well as its unique culture, amazing cuisine, balmy climate and friendly locals, Bali has a huge variety of affordable activities to suit all ages and interests. The Balinese people love children and most accommodation options are well suited for families. Don’t be deterred from taking the family on what will surely be an unforgettable holiday. The best way to keep everyone happy and healthy is to simply be aware of the risks and pack some common sense in your suitcase!

Don’t Forget to Relax and Enjoy Bali with Your Family!

Kids will love exploring the ancient temples, splashing around at the beach and running rampant at the amazing waterparks. Stories of meeting funny, friendly locals and hanging out with wild monkeys will be retold at family dinners for decades. You might have such a great time you’ll want to take a Bali break every year!

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Amazing Sanur Bali Spas that Suit All Budgets

Amazing Sanur Bali Spas that Suit All Budgets

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Aroma Spa Retreat

Located near Prama Sanur Beach Hotel, this stylish, beachfront spa offers a range of body treatments for the whole family. That’s right, sisters Sonya and Delma Davies entered the spa biz to help tired, weary parents de-stress!

Aroma Spa Retreat Sanur Bali Spas Bali Kids Guide

Photo credit: The Travellist

Aroma Spa Retreat is the first to offer innovative technologies and massage therapies in the region. Some of the best body treatments you have to try are the Aroma Spa Retreat and the Luxury Relax Massage Package. Perfect after a long day of walking around sightseeing with the kids.

See Aroma Spa Retreat in our directory.

Jamu Traditional Spa

Jamu refers to a traditional Javanese herbal drink that promotes healing and relaxation. Based on age-old traditions passed down from generation to generation, Jamu Traditional Spa offers a host of holistic body treatments that restore and rebalance harmony between mind and body.

Jamu Traditional Spa Sanur Bali Spas Bali Kids Guide

Photo credit: Bali Go

Featuring a calming setting, an array of herbal oils and essences, float away to la-la-land with Jamu Traditional Spa’s body scrub, massages, and body rejuvenating treatments. The spa also offers wellness remedies such as acupuncture acupressure, and hormone balancing.

Some of Jamu’s popular treatments include the Bali Limau Ocean Detox Scrub, traditional Balinese massage, spice body wraps, nut facials, manicure, and pedicure. The spa also offers several packages including the fabulous Jempiring package. This is a 2-hour treatment comprised of a foot bath, facial, body massage and a complimentary tonic for only Rp600,000.

See Jamu Traditional Spa in our directory.

Glo Day Spa Sanur

Glo is a hip, upscale wellness center located in the south end of Sanur Bali. As a spa and salon in one, Glo offers an array of body and beauty treatments including deep tissue massage, manicures and pedicures, spray tans, and more.

Glo Sanur Bali Spas Bali Kids Guide

Photo credit: Bali Spa

What’s unique about Glo is the impressive selection of body treatments. Some of the treatments and beauty packages are geared towards moms, pregnant women, and kids! Imagine spending an hour or two just bonding with the kiddos over facials, manicure, or soothing body wraps!

See Glo Day Spa Sanur in our directory.

Cosmo Salon & Spa

Cosmo Salon and Spa is the brainchild of former-hairstylist Nining Iverson. Bringing together warm, Balinese hospitality with world-class treatments, Cosmo Salon & Spa promises nothing but the best treatments for the face, body, skin, and hair. Nining insists on using top quality beauty care products to provide a different kind of spa experience.

Cosmo Salon & Spa Sanur Bali Spas Bali Kids Guide

Photo credit: Cosmo Bali

Top treatments at Cosmo include the bamboo massage, keratin treatment, and L’Oreal Steam Pod. If you love massages, we are happy to report that Cosmo Salon & Spa specializes in full body massages. We love the classic Swedish massage (perfect for relieving headaches and muscle soreness) or the Cosmo Signature Massage, which is comprised of Balinese, Shiatsu, and Deep Tissue massage.

See Cosmo Salon and Spa in our directory.

Leha-Leha Spa

Leha Leha Spa is owned by professional masseur, Ida Bagus Made Manuaba (Gusde). Gusde spent years perfecting his unique massaging technique. After a career in the body wellness industry that spans more than a decade, Gusde decided to establish his own spa, one that offers fabulous treatments and massages that rival that of services offered at luxury spas.

Leha-Leha Spa Sanur Bali Spas Bali Kids Guide

Photo credit: Leha Leha Spa

Leha Leha Spa offers a customized selection of body treatments. We can’t get enough of the Leha Leha De-Stress Muscle Full Body Massage, which features a soothing combination of Balinese, Thai, and Shiatsu massage. Bliss! According to Gusde, the Leha Leha De-Stress massage eases muscle soreness while purging the body of toxins. We also love the coconut body scrub and the 30-minute foot massage. If you love for spa packages, we recommend the “Because I’m Worth It!” package and the “Get Ready to Glow” package.

For would-be brides or grooms, Leha-Leha also offers his and hers packages, Here Comes the Bride Package and Get Groomed packages, respectively.

See Leha-Leha Spa in our directory.

The Nest Beachside Spa

Located right next to Fairmont Hotel on the beach path, The Nest Beachside Spa promises rejuvenating treatments that will invigorate the mind, body, and soul! Imagine being lulled to sleep with a soothing a massage while being treated to a stunning view of the ocean. The Nest Beachside Spa offers a curated selection of body scrubs, body wraps, massages, facials, and nail treatments that’ll have you feeling new again!

The Nest Beachside Spa Sanur Bali Spas Bali Kids Guide

All guests will be greeted with a welcome drink, a cooling towel, and a special lime and peppermint sorbet to awaken the senses. And If the kiddos are tagging along, you’d be glad to know that The Nest Beachside Spa offers great body treatments for the kids too!

See our full review of The Nest.

See The Nest Beachside Spa in our directory.

Carla Spa

Don’t let Carla Spa’s unassuming façade fool you, this is an excellent budget-friendly spa in Sanur Bali with an impressive rep in the biz! The spa specializes in full body massages that soothe muscle pain, alleviate stress, and improve circulation. And at only Rp90.000 an hour for a full body massage, the prices can’t be beat! This is also a great spa to try hot stone massage, fish spa (a fun way to exfoliate the heels), Thai massage, ear candle wax, and slimming massages.

Carla Spa Sanur Bali Spas Bali Kids Guide

Photo credit: Carla Spa

And if you love a good deal, we recommend checking out any of the spa’s six all-over body treatments. The packages feature different combinations of face, beauty, and body treatments at discounted prices. Really, who can say no to a great deal?

See Carla Spa in our directory.

Sanur Bali, Spa Heaven

As if you weren’t relaxed enough in the laid back town of Sanur, you can also have amazing spa treatments no matter what your budget. Choose from a fantastic range of massages, scrubs, facial and nail treatments, and take the whole family for a special treat!