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Adapted from 5 Things It’s OK to Forget When Traveling with Kids on Holiday Inn Joy of Travel
Ever encountered a screaming four-year old looking for his soft toy while on board a flight to your much-awaited holiday? Or perhaps you’re nursing a teething toddler running a fever and realised that you had left your bag of medicine at home.
If these scenarios sound familiar, you’re probably not alone.
When it comes to travelling with kids, essentials certainly can make or break even the most seasoned traveller. Whether it is a forgotten soft toy to an overlooked ointment, we have complied the essential travel planning checklist to get you right in the swing of vacation.
Hotels are increasingly leaning in to the needs of families travelling with younger children. They’re moving away from the predictable crayon and colouring book approach and upping their game with special perks. Enter Holiday Inn Resort® properties that are designed for families and little travellers alike, with a slew of amenities and activities to bring out smiles and shrieks of glee, such as Kids Clubs, thematic Kids Nights with games and crafts, and in-room gaming systems like PS4 consoles. At the Holiday Inn Resort® Bali Benoa, expect to be pleasantly surprised with brightly-coloured kids rooms, beachfront activities and four swimming pools for days of fun and joy on end.
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Every parent knows the stroller struggle (i.e. the folding, unfolding, checking it at the airport). Alleviate the stress by borrowing one from your hotel. Many hotels offer complimentary strollers to families with young children. Some even carry child-proofing kits, bassinets, and highchairs to make sure your stay runs as smoothly as possible. Just make sure to call the hotel ahead of time to confirm.
Nothing should get in the way of your little one taking in the sights of a new destination, but a forgotten pair of specs could be a spanner in the works, turning her dream trip into a sensory nightmare. To avoid this, be sure to bring along copies of your child’s prescriptions. Or while it’s on your mind, take a photo of the prescription and keep it in your phone.
For older kids, forgetting contact lens solution can create the same problem. Whether you left it at home or were looking for a way to avoid packing another liquid that meets the air travel restrictions, check with your hotel’s front desk, as many have it available upon request.
A tablet or phone that dies in the middle of your child’s favourite game or movie is no laughing matter. Fortunately, as the number one most left-behind item, hotels tend to have a few extra power cords behind the desk. This means that other travellers’ forgetfulness can save you from your own. If you must grab one before reaching your destination, avoid high airport prices by powering up at a charging station. Borrowing from a fellow traveller is also an option as many people use the same devices.
Looking for means to keep your kids occupied during holiday or while you and your partner sneak off for some me-time? Look no further than with Holiday Inn’s Kids Club Activities Programme. Offering a daily dose of playfulness and family fun, key highlights range from hide and seek and musical chairs to sand art and sticker tattooing, you’ll never run out of ideas to keep your little travellers discovering and entertained.
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