Your Total Guide to Canggu with Kids

Your Total Guide to Canggu with Kids

Here at Bali Kids Guide we’ve been getting more and more questions about the family-friendlyness of Canggu. With so many things for kids popping up in the area we thought it was high time we spent some time there and formed a complete picture of where to stay, eat, and play. We didn’t manage to hit every single spot but I think we’ve done pretty well with this Complete Guide to Canggu with Kids! 

Where to Stay

I always think of Canggu as being a number of different areas, all on the south side of Jalan Raya Canggu heading towards the beach. Berawa, Batu Bolong, Echo Beach and Pererenen are probably the best known. Villas, guesthouses and now major hotels have increased in number exponentially over the past few years giving you a wide range of accommodation options. There are of course plenty of villas and guesthouses on the other side of Jalan Raya Canggu as well.

Canggu is well known for its rowdy nightlife so you will want to take this into account when you choose where you’re staying. We’ve tried to give you some recommended options, but also read plenty of reviews before you book to make sure you don’t end up with music shaking the windows of your villa until dawn.

Where we stay

Our last stay in Canggu was actually just on the outskirts at The Santai in Umalas. This is a great area that gives you easy access to both Canggu and Seminyak.

The Santai was the most amazing place to stay. We had a 3 bedroom villa (we only used 2 rooms) with a great kitchen, private pool, and lounge area. The rooms are luxurious but not overdone and the bathrooms absolutely massive.

The only issue you might want to consider is the sleeping arrangements as the rooms aren’t connected and the pool is outside the rooms. A pool fence can be fitted to ensure kids can not access the pool unsupervised. 

Breakfast is incredible and can be eaten in your villa or in their Gong Restaurant near the reception area.

Other options:

Villa Echo Padi

This is a family fave thanks to its kid-friendly design, close proximity to the beach, and permanent pool fence. The 3 luxury villas in this complex each have 3 bedrooms, 2 living rooms, a full kitchen and dining area, private pool, garden, sun deck and private balconies.

The Apartments Canggu

If you want to settle in and feel really at home The Apartments Canggu is your spot. They offer stylish studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom apartments with either shared or private pools. Some even have kitchen facilities to make feeding or preparing bottles for little ones easy peasy.

Haven Suites Berawa

The Haven Suites Berawa is a beachfront hotel with large rooms, a huge swimming pool and an onsite restaurant. It’s not cheap but if you’re looking for a full service hotel in Canggu there aren’t so many to choose from.

The Chillhouse

Surfing families can’t go wrong with a room at The Chillhouse. Whether your kids are little or all grown up, it’s family-friendly and relaxed. Bright, airy rooms with cool murals, a social communal dining area, and young, cheery staff make this place a go-to in Canggu for active families.

Hotel Tugu

Tugu is at the upper end of the scale in Canggu price-wise but it’s also the most unique and beautiful hotel in the area. One of the very first hotels in Canggu, Tugu is packed full of antiques, carvings, paintings and cultural artifacts. The rooms are spectacular and there really is nowhere like it anywhere else in Canggu.  

Where to Eat

There are almost endless chances to stuff your face in Canggu so this is probably the most difficult list to compile. However, we’ve included only the most kid-friendly so you can narrow it down to the really must-try spots while you’re in Canggu.

The Joglo

The Joglo is an absolute must for families in Canggu. The big grassy area, playground, sandpit and kids activities are brilliant for parents that need a break. The food is also healthy, fresh and well priced for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

La Casita

Delicious Peruvian food, a playground, and a cute wooden joglo setting? Yes please! La Casita also has great coffee, friendly staff and occasional kids activities.

Milk & Madu

Reopened in July 2018 after a devastating fire, Milk & Madu is again THE hangout for cool parents and kids that like long brunches, big lunches and social dinners. The playground is small but cute and there are activities for kids like arts, crafts and games every Tuesday – Sunday from 10am until 3pm.

Old Man’s

You might not immediately think of Old Man’s as a family spot, but it really does cater to people who want to have a good time without getting fall down drunk (as well as those who do). The daytime crowd is chilled, family-welcoming and usually hungry after surfing. The kids menu is great and there is a ping-pong table and room to run around for the kiddos. 

The Lawn

Again, not a place you immediately think of with kids, but in the daytime or early evening there is space to play on the Lawn, a great menu and also a swimming pool. After dark it can get a bit crowded, but by then us lame old parents are ready to crash anyway.

Berawa’s Kitchen

What’s better than lots of choices when it comes to fussy eaters!? Nothing, and I know this for a fact because my son is a pain in the bum when it comes to food. Berawa Kitchen has an excellent selection of food stalls from burgers to Mexican, healthy stuff and ice cream. You will definitely find something here for everyone and if you don’t you can send them off to the playground to keep them happy while you eat.

Parachute

If your kids need room to roam, Parachute is your spot. A large grassy lawn looking out to the rice fields is perfect for brunch or lunch with little ones. It also has a really nice mix and match style daytime menu that allows you to pick exactly what the kiddos will eat. Lovely breads and pastries, diy salads, separate dips and spreads and combo plates are ideal if you have picky eaters. 

Where to Play

All the above restaurants have some element of play but if you want stand-alone play places check these out.

 

Finn’s Recreation Club

Finn’s is a Canggu institution and we absolute love it for family time. With Splash Water Park, Strike Bowling, Bounce Trampoline Centre, Cubby House Kids Club and Finn’s Beach Club, you can’t really go wrong. There is also a spa, restaurants, gym and special events like outdoor movie nights, markets and charity functions.

We recommend a Finn’s Super Fun Pass for 2 adults and 2 children, which includes a day pass for Splash Water Park, an hour of trampolining at Bounce, an hour of bowling at Strike, and a day pass Finn’s Beach Club as well. This also includes 2 day beds at Splash and 2 at Finn’s Beach Club. For around $150 Aussie dollars we think this is a steal! 

When we did the Super Fun Pass last time the kids were blissfully happy and blissfully (for us) asleep by 8pm. Just an extra bonus when you’d like a little adult time in the evening. 

Amplitude Skate Park 

Ok, Amplitude is technically in Kerobokan but if you have a child (or adult) skater in your family it’s worth the trip. Over 2000 square metres of obstacles, rails and pump track is insanely fun for all ages. You can even ask about skate lessons for the kids if they are just getting started.

Roar Fitness

Located at The Joglo, Roar Fitness is a great spot for parents and kids to keep active. There are twice weekly kids yoga classes Tuesday and Sunday and lots of adult classes to choose. Don’t miss the Gin Barre class that entitles you to 2-4-1 gin & tonics afterwards!

Tamora Gallery

Relatively new in Canggu, Tamora Gallery is part shopping gallery, part playground. They hold lots events that are aimed at not only keeping kids happy, but making sure parents are enjoying themselves as well. We went for Halloween and loved the mix of fun activities for kids and food and drink deals for grown ups. You can go and play in the playground there any time and there is even a teeny skate bowl at the back of the shopping area.

The Beach!

The beaches might not be white sand but kids don’t care. Berawa, Batu Bolong and Echo Beach are our favorite hang out spots and all perfect for sunset beers while the kiddos play in the sand and splash in the shallows. 

Surfing 

Canggu has long been a surf mecca, there are just more places to eat and stay now than a few years ago. The waves are pretty good for beginners and intermediate surfers and can get really good for experienced board riders too. If learning or getting better at surfing is something you might like to do in Canggu, get in touch with one of these surf schools.

 

Surf Schools:

Indasurf – http://indasurf.com/

Silver Surf – http://silversurfbali.com/

Bali Local Surf School – http://www.balilocalsurfschool.com

 

Where to Shop

Canggu is swamped with shops selling everything from teeny-weeny bikinis to big-boy motorbikes. If you want something more appropriate for the under 18s and over 25s you might want to pop into these shops.

Dewina

Dewina’s sweet mum & daughter matchies and light and pretty kids clothes are perfect for special occasions and gifts. Dewina specialises in high quality fabrics like beautiful linens, and boutique designers, so if you’re looking for something really unique, this is your spot.

Spellbound

There aren’t a whole lot of toy stores in Bali, but Spellbound usually comes through when we’re looking for interesting toys, books, costumes and especially birthday presents. They have a great selection of high quality classic toys, pocket money goodies and also educational toys for all ages.

Billie’s

If you love home décor, fun colours, handmade things and plenty of pineapples, flamingos, and mermaids, you’ll love Billie’s. We love the wooden dolls, gorgeous throw pillows and woven baskets in tropical colours.

Zero Waste Bali

This is an important move for Bali and we’re 100% supportive of any way we can try to keep litter off the streets and out of rivers and the sea. If you’re staying in Bali drop by to pick up some basics like rice, lentils, soap, detergent and oil. You can also get Mini Muncher baby and kid foods here as both businesses are owned by same wonderful health/eco/kid-conscious person. Just don’t forget to take some empty containers and your own shopping bag.

Love Anchor

If you love loads of choice you’ll want to stop in at Love Anchor. Their daily bazaar has everything from jewelry to home décor, and you can even have frozen yogurt and nasi Padang while you shop. I can’t think of anything better.

Getting Around

Stroller friendly Canggu is not. This means driving just about everywhere, which also means traffic jams. Motorbike is your best bet but also not recommended with kids (by me, others may disagree). It’s also often tough to Uber/Grab/GoJek thanks to a healthy taxi mafia operating in the area. Getting a reliable driver in Canggu is a good idea but failing that, negotiate with the drivers on the street. They can be tough so make sure you perfect your no thanks and walk away.

We’ve made up a handy map of most of the places on our lists. There are tons of other little roads but the main roads are marked on the map. 

 

 

10 Bali Adventure Tours You Should Book Now!

10 Bali Adventure Tours You Should Book Now!

There are so many Bali adventure tours to be had on a family holiday that it can be impossible to choose! We’ve had the opportunity to experience tons of fun activities on the island, so read on to find out about our favorite things to do in Bali with or without kids. We’ve also put handy links to book each activity, so look no further for your Bali Adventures!!

#1 Cultural Tour in a VW Safari

Exploring Bali is more fun in a soft top Volkswagon Safari. There are tons of different tours you can do, but this one around East Bali is one of my favorites. You’ll take in tons of natural beauty and stop at some of the island’s most interesting historical and cultural sites.

 

With an English-speaking guide you will learn about Bali’s mother temple Besakih, visit one of the oldest villages and see the biggest banyan tree on the whole island. Lunch and drinking water is included, but you’ll definitely need a hat and sunscreen to keep from getting burnt.

#2 Bali Island ATV

If your looking for the most fun on 4 wheels in Bali you have to book a Bali Island ATV tour. Ride through rice paddies, villages and have a burn down a quiet beach.

Tours are either 1 or 2 hours and English-speaking guides will tell you about the area and culture as you ride. Kids can ride on with a parent, or those over 12 can ride alone depending on their ability.

Some tours include food and drinks and pick up/return transfers. Have a look at the options to pick the right one for your family. Mention that you follow Bali Kids Guide and you’ll get 20% off the published price!

#3 Half-Day Wakebaording

Have you ever wanted to try wakeboarding? If you haven’t, this is your chance! Bali has a world-class wakeboarding park perfect for any level of wakeboarder. Professional instructors are on hand to help with technique and safety whether it’s your first lesson or 100th.

 

Kids from 7 years old can wakeboard or kneeboard to get used to the feeling. For those not wakeboarding there is a pool and restaurant where you can relax and watch the action.

#4 Morning Food Tour & Cooking Class

Foodies get ready for a Balinese feast! Experience Kuta traditional market to buy fresh produce and then head back to the kitchen for breakfast of Balinese treats. You’ll then learn to make 9 Balinese dishes and 1 dessert and have an amazing lunch of all the delicious things you’ve cooked.

This activity is 100% kid friendly and is an amazing family experience.

#5 Mount Batur Dirtbike Adventure

Not kid-friendly, but if you love adventure and want to get out for an adults only day, this is the tour for you.

You’ll head into the mountains of Bali and meet your guides who will get you ready to ride a 250cc Kawasaki KLX. The professional guides will lead you up amazing dirt bike trails on the slopes of Mount Batur for an adrenaline rush.

The tour also includes coffee at a plantation and return transfers.

#6 Stand Up Paddle Lesson

Stand up paddle boarding is a great way for all ages to get out on the water. During this lesson you’ll learn about the equipment, basic paddling skills and get out on the water to practice on flat water. By the end of the session you’ll be able to balance an paddle as well as make turns on the board.

 

This is really a fun family activity that will bring you together, laughing at each other falling off and cheering as you all head off into the waves.

#7 Kids Perfume Workshop

Rainy days in Bali do happen, so why not book this kids perfume workshop for a great inside activity. Of course it doesn’t have to be rainy to learn something new!

This 1-hour workshop introduces kids to various smells and encourages them to mix and create their own unique fragrance. They’ll even be able to take home their own bottle of perfume and a diploma from the class.

There are also adult classes available, or you can even book one together.

#8 Bali Treetop Adventure

Bali Treetop Adventure is one of Bali’s best family experiences. Located in the Botanical Gardens in Bedugul, 7 adventure circuits raging between 2-20 metres up in the trees are available for all ages. Challenge each other to the 72 suspended bridges, spider nets, tarzan jumps, flying foxes and more.

This package includes 2.5 hours full access to all the circuits after 10.30am for 2 adults + 2 children, all your safety equipment, and insurance. Please note the minimum age for children is 4 years and they must be at least 110cm with raised arms.

#9 Downhill Cycling Tour

Downhill cycling is a great way to see a bit of Bali. It’s 100% family friendly and kids from 7 can ride on their own bikes. Younger ones go in a seat with a parent.

On this tour you’ll take in coffee and cocoa plantations, villages, and Bali’s natural beauty with jungle, rice field and river valleys. Your guides will lead the way as you slowly ride down from Kintamani volcano to Bambang just north of Ubud.

This 2.5-3 hour tour ends with a tasty lunch and includes return transfers.

#10 VW Cocktail Bus

Cruise south Bali in a modified VW Combi complete with a fully stocked mini bar and wi-fi!! This 9-hour tour takes in temples, cliff-top views and beautiful scenic sites off the beaten track.

You’ll stop for lunch most importantly sunset cocktails at a Jimbaran beach club. Once the sun has set the bus sets off again for Seminyak, where a nightcap at the famous KuDeTa awaits.

 

 

What’s it Like to Live in Bali with Kids??

What’s it Like to Live in Bali with Kids??

I often get asked what it’s like to live in Bali and the answer always depends on the day. There is good and bad in every place you could live and everyone’s experience is different. But more and more families are moving to Bali with their kids, so it’s a topic I thought I should delve into more deeply. Here are my thoughts, pros/cons, and general ramblings on what it’s like to live in Bali with kids.

Day-to-Day Life

 

My day-to-day life differs a little from families who have moved here as a whole unit. I’m married to a Balinese man and live in the family compound so my life is somewhat more “local style” than others. I’m very lucky to be part of a tight community and have in-built babysitting and playmates for my kids. However, it can feel like I’m constantly being watched and everyone knows everyone’s business in a village. The kids even get tired of being asked the same questions over and over.

Generally though, life isn’t so different than it would be elsewhere. There are the usual routines of school runs, work, cooking, bedtimes etc. My real bonus is that I have a helper that comes to clean 6 days a week. This makes me a nicer person and keeps me from crying about dirty dishes and things like that.

We go to temple for Hindu holidays and help with ceremonies in the community. I don’t do half as much as the amazing local ladies, but try to help out when I can.

Pros:

– Balinese communities are incredible if you make yourself part of it. They will keep you and your house safe and your kids will have friends to play with all the time.

– Being able to hire help with cleaning and/or kids

– The weather is pretty much always good enough to go out and play

Cons:

– Everyone knows or wants to know your business

– Being treated like a tourist every day can be really draining

School Options

 

If we were in the UK the kids would have the choice of 2 schools. Here a lot of ex-pat families choose the area they live in according to the school their kids will attend.

Up in Ubud we don’t have a whole lot of choice, but from around Sanur and south there are a lot more options. Options don’t come cheap though. Schools in Bali range from $5,000 – $20,000 a year (US$). This may come as a shock, but international school educations are costly wherever you are in the world.

I personally have chosen to put my kids in a very local school called a National Plus school, but when they get to junior high they’ll be moving to an international school.

You can find more information in our blog: 11 International Schools in Bali

We also have a great blog about alternative schooling in Bali, which you can find here: The Definitive List of Alternative Schools in Bali

Pros:

– A large choice of schools (in the southern part of Bali)

– Kids socialize with others from all over the world

– They will most likely learn Bahasa Indonesia and maybe other languages

Cons:

– School fees are very expensive

– Holidays can differ from those back home making it difficult to have time with family/friends

– Curriculums can vary and may not match well if you move back home

Healthcare

 

Healthcare is one of my biggest worries about living in Bali. In the UK we would have the NHS, and no matter how slow etc. it would be there in an emergency. In Bali we have insurance but this can be expensive and difficult to get if you are an ex-pat family or have pre-existing conditions. Many families by pass this by using a yearly travel insurance plan while they live in Bali.

The other worry is the standard of healthcare. Even ‘international standard’ hospitals can be pretty rough and the doctors say some pretty insane things. I still don’t have any solid plan of what I’d do if one of us got really ill. My top choices would be BIMC or Sanglah International Wing, but I don’t think I’d be very happy about going to hospital at all in Bali.

In serious situations it’s possible to fly to Singapore, Bangkok or Australia for treatment. I won’t do a pros and cons here because I don’t really feel like there are any pros of living in Bali when it comes to healthcare. This may be a different story if you are coming from somewhere like America.

 

Costs

Rent

I’ve mentioned the cost of schools, but what about the cost of living? Rental houses are getting more and more expensive and most landlords expect at least 1 year’s rent in advance. You’re looking at Rp80million – Rp160million ($8000 – $16000) per year for a 2-bedroom house.

Depending on how many air conditioners you use and if you have a pool, electricity can be anywhere from Rp500,000 – Rp3million per month.

Visas

The other main expense you’ll need to consider is visas. It is possible to get a one-year stay permit (KITAS) for students from most international schools. Parents will need either a Social Budaya visa for a 6-month stay, or a Business Visa, which allows you to run a business in Indonesia.

If you decide to homeschool, you will all need either tourist visas that can be extended up to 60 days, or a Social Budaya visa for 6 months. Both options can get costly with having to do visas runs with a whole family.

Food

 

It is possible to eat extremely cheaply in Bali. Feeding a family of 4 on $5 a day is not uncommon in Balinese compounds. Morning markets are great places to shop for fruit and veg and the night markets hold delicious street food treats. However, if you want to eat healthy it can be way more expensive.

Over the past few years the cafe and restaurant industry has boomed in Bali. When I arrived you couldn’t buy fresh milk in the supermarket! You can now find just about any type of food you can imagine, world-class coffee shops and smoothie bowls galore. I love all this food, but it’s definitely taken a toll on my budget. $6 for a smoothie bowl, $7 for smashed avocado on toast and $10 for a pizza is the norm these days. We can easily spend $50 on dinner for the 4 of us.

Pros:

– You can find gorgeous villas with pools that you probably wouldn’t be able to live in elsewhere

– No paying for heating

– Amazing local food and so many great café & restaurant choices

Cons:

– Paying at least a year’s rent in advance

– Running air conditioners is costly

– Finding and keeping up the right visa and visa runs

– Food is pretty expensive

Activites for Kids in Bali
Bali is extremely kid-friendly and there are way more things going on than there were a few years ago. From art classes, yoga and sports, to holiday camps, there is always something happening. You do have to keep a really good eye out for events though. Things are rarely published until the very last minute and there isn’t yet a great online calendar for events. (we tried but it’s really hard!)

We have also found that classes tend to come and go very quickly because the numbers are never consistent. This is the transient nature of Bali and I’m not sure it will ever change. We end up doing a lot of one-off events rather than a term’s worth of classes or after school activities.

I have to say I’m quite jealous when I see my friends’ kids in Australia, the UK or America all booked up with consistent activities.

Thinking of Making the Move to Live in Bali?

Are you considering moving to Bali? What are some of the concerns/questions/reservations you have about the move? I’d love to know and to be able to help you with some insider advice. Follow our Facebook Page for great community advice and tips for holidays or living in Bali. You can also see what fun we have on a daily basis on our Instagram feed.

Why Choose a Villa in Bali for Your Family Holiday?

Why Choose a Villa in Bali for Your Family Holiday?

You’ve been saving for the perfect family trip to Bali and want your villa in Bali everything to be just right, so making the right choice when booking your villa in Bali can be daunting. You’ve seen pictures of fabulous luxury villas, but how do you make sure you make the right choice and get exactly what you see in the pictures? And how do you choose from all the villa options out there?

Elite Havens is here to help with their professional villa specialists who will get you exactly what you want for your Bali holiday. Whether you’re looking for bunk beds, kids playrooms, a shallow pool or any other family-friendly facilities, they will make a personalized selection just for your family.

Why Choose a Private Villa in Bali?

You may think a resort is the only way to go, but the option of a private villa is great for a family. Think about having your own space, with no worry about disturbing other guests. Little kids can nap in their own room while you’re enjoying the pool or reading a book in the sun. And bedtime doesn’t mean you being stuck in the room, giving you some adult time in the evenings.

Your main concern is most likely finding somewhere your kids can have space to play and splash in the pool safely…and you can still relax and enjoy your holiday. Book the right villa and you can enjoy this freedom without worry. This is where Elite Havens comes in.

What Elite Havens Offers

 

Elite Havens is the premier luxury villa rental company in Bali and are the official owner representatives for all the villas they offer. All villas are short-term rental properties and each one is staffed with managers, butlers, and cooks. You won’t have to worry about a thing, as your personal concierge will arrange everything from transportation, kids items, activities, island tours and nannies for your whole trip or if you just want an evening out.

Many of the villas are already set up for families with baby cots, high chairs, a good supply of DVDs, books, games and pool toys. Elite Havens can also arrange for a pool fence to be installed for your arrival and will make sure any children’s items you need which are not included in the villa are ready for you (at extra cost). You can read more about renting baby and child equipment here: Children’s Hire Items

But Won’t My Kids Get Bored?

 

Some parents worry that without a kids club or other kids around their kids will get bored. Kids clubs are great, and might be the right choice for you, but usually a villa’s new environment and private pool are more than enough to keep little ones entertained.

Older kids will love having their own space and independence in beautiful surroundings. If you have pre-teens or teenagers, Elite Havens’ Instagram worthy properties make the perfect backdrop for holiday photos.

Picking the Right Villa for Your Family

All of Elite Havens’ villas are stunning, but some of the villas have kids rooms, bunk beds, media rooms and other features that might suit your family. Your kids will never forget how special their stay was in a villa that welcomes them to feel at home and have fun.

If you’d like to find out more about the most family-friendly villas Elite Havens has to offer follow this link: Bali Family Villas

All images in this article are property of Elite Havens villas. 

Tips for Stress Free Travel with Kids

Tips for Stress Free Travel with Kids

We all know travel with kids can be stressful but travel can have an immensely positive impact on them. The knowledge they will acquire, skills they will develop and memories they will gain from travel, makes it totally worth it! Plus there are some really great travel products; info and tips out there that can help you make it a stress free and enjoyable experience.

Keeping children comfortable and entertained as well as being organised are vital when it comes to family travel, and Australian company Kooshy Kids has products that will help you achieve all of these things.

Child Comfort – Getting Some

Sleep Onboard!

Kid comfort is key, especially on long-haul flights, which can be a nightmare if you don’t have a way of letting your child fall asleep comfortably. They will be sprawled out all over you for hours with no one is getting any quality sleep. One of the most practical ideas I’ve seen for travel in a long time is from Australian business Kooshy Kids.

The Kooshy Kids Kooshion can be used to create a flat, flexible space for kids to enjoy as a couch or bed on the aeroplane (or for that matter train or bus). It is placed on the floor between your child’s seat and the seat in front and then inflated, providing a large flat surface for legs to stretch out and little ones can lay flat for sleeping. It’s simple to use, lightweight, durable and comfortable with a soft material on top.

Over 50 airlines allow the use of the Kooshy Kids Kooshion during flight with some conditions like it must be deflated for takeoff and landing. This product is a must when flying with kids, if the kids can get some sleep then so can you and it makes a big difference!

Toys & Games – Keeping kids entertained!

For kids with tablets and gadgets letting them watch their shows and play their games really is the best way to keep them entertained. Just make sure they are fully charged prior to departure. But a tip, before its time for sleep give them a break from the back-lit screen to help them wind down, perhaps read them a book or tell them a story, or quietly sing them a song if they are small, to help them relax before sleep. If you’re looking for some alternate entertainment that engages children’s creative minds and gives them a nice break from technology there are some great travel friendly games available.

Kooshy Kids recommends and stocks Tiger Tribe products. Tiger Tribe games are compact and portable and encourage independent play, they are perfect for travelling kids. Magnetic games, play scenes and design boards help develop imagination and fine motor skills. Other entertainment options you can include are books, packs of cards, yoyo, journal and any small toy that is portable and easy to pack (hanging toys you can click to their backpacks are good).

Pack snacks – Fill their little tummies!

Kids can get cranky when they are hungry and they may not like the plane food or be provided with enough snack type options. So best to pack some snacks with you, take something healthy and their favourites, or surprise them with something new. Carry them in a separate easy to access bag, snacks are also a good way to pass some time and keep kids quiet. Also remember to encourage your kids to drink lots of water and walk around; they may like to explore the plane or train!

Plan in advance – be organized and prepared!

One last thing, you do need to be extra organised when travelling with kids. Research the destination and find out what activities there are to do with kids, what restaurants and hotels are family- friendly and what items you can order in advance to help you out. Think about pram or car seat hire at the destination. It also pays to be organised with your families travel documents and its helpful to keep all passports and other paperwork together in a safe place. A Kooshy Kids family passport wallet is ideal for this. The wallet makes it easier when needing to access passports quickly and minimizes the chance of losing one or misplacing essential documentation.

Making Travel with Kids as Stress Free as Possible

 

Travel really is the best gift you can give your children so go book that family holiday, use the tips above and grab some Kooshy Kids products to help make it stress free and create some happy memories exploring the world together!

Click HERE to go to the Kooshy Kids Shop.

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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