Advice For Taking Your Children On A Ski Holiday by:Derek Lakes
By planning out your ski holiday preparations well in advance you'll be able to relax a lot more when your trip finally rolls around.
Babies - Your baby holiday planning will really depend on how you feed your baby. There's a good chance that the ski resort you are visiting won't be anywhere near a shop that stocks your baby's particular brand of formula, so if your baby is on formula milk, remember to pack enough to see them through to the end of the trip - including the journey home. If you're breast-feeding, you may be thinkning about having to change your normal feeding plan to fit into your holiday schedule. If you are, then you should introduce your new feeding schedule to your baby well before your trip so that they have time to get used to it. When you arrive, you don't want to be short of nappies, and the area you're staying in may not have the particular size or fit of nappies that your baby wears, so try to pack as many as you need.
Creche facilities - If you are travelling with particularly young children, then you may want to find out about crches and childcare facilities in and around the resort. When you're looking for a suitable childcare facility, take a look at prices, the age range of children that are catered for, and find out if you need to bring anything with you - perhaps you have to provide your child's food for the day for example. Taking a list with you detailing your children's daily routine - sleeping hours, eating habits etc, to pass on to any childminder or nursery nurse who will be looking after you little ones is always helpful.
Ski clothes - Warm and waterproof clothing is a necessity, including hats, jackets, gloves, warm boots and scarves. If you or the children are wearing pre-worn or second-hand ski clothing, it's usually a good idea to have them re-proofed before your trip just to make sure they're still nice and watertight. The sunlight reflecting off the snowy slopes can be particularly strong so it is a good idea to pack some sunglasses or shaded ski-goggles for your children as well as a high-factor sunscreen.
Health and safety - The most important thing you can do for your children on your skiing holiday is to keep them warmly dressed and dry. Your children will need good quality ski helmets too, to protect them if they fall. A great way to improve your children's safety is to enrol them in ski classes, either before your trip or at your resort. Here they'll learn to ski safely and in a protective environment.
For a skiing trip, travel insurance is an essential. The increased risk of injuries means that you want to be covered for as much healthcare as possible should you need it. And family skiing holidays can be very expensive, so in the event of any cancellations you want to make sure that you will be refunded.
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