Children of all ages adore the beach, so if you are planning a holiday where all the members of the family are sure to have a great time (and keep them occupied for very long periods), a beach holiday is ideal.
However, like all holidays where the kids are in close contact with mother nature, there are precautions to be taken.
Here are some important things to keep in mind:
1. On the Beach
Beaches have hidden dangers – however calm a beach may seem, be aware of tide times, undercurrents and make sure the children are supervised at all times. Know what any warning signs or flags may mean and choose beaches with lifeguards if possible.
2. At the Resort / Hotel
Know if there are any hazards in and around the hotel. Ask the staff if there are any dangerous stairways, ponds, cliffs etc which you and your children should be aware of.
Check the swimming pool for depth, safety (sharp edges, broken tiles etc) and if there is the possibility that a young child can reach it without your knowing. Fences are good, especially if you have toddlers.
If your room has a balcony, check the width and height of the railings for safety. Keep the door locked and closed if it is not safe.
Child/baby-proof the room, ask the staff to do this ahead of time if possible. Remove any breakables, move furniture with sharp edges and arrange a baby cot on reservation if needed.
3. Other Things
Aside from a well-stocked medical kit, do take kids/baby sunblock, insect repellent, hats, water wings and other toys and games for the beach as many hotels may not have these in stock. Always take extra swimsuits for the little ones and a good supply of disposable swim diapers.