5 Tips for Planning A Family Break This Autumn

Even though the kids have only just gone back to school we're already hurtling towards another school break and with Autumn holidays being much cheaper than summer holidays, you might be planning a getaway. I've planned my fair share of short (and slightly longer!) getaways, so I thought I'd share some of my tips to help you along the way - after all, you want to make sure that everything goes well!

camping, caravan 

1 - Plan your meals for each day
Unless you want to spend a fortune, this tip is super important. When you have kids, you need to be careful about eating out. Meal planning is the best way to save money when it comes to this problem. If you take some food with you, you can plan out what you will eat each day. Of course, you will want to eat out sometimes, but personally, I think you need to make sure that you don't overdo it otherwise you don't enjoy it quite so much. If you have somewhere to keep food stored appropriately, take some basics (bread, butter, cheese) with you and you can make sandwiches when you need to do so.

2 - Book ahead of time
If you're planning to go to a campsite or hotel, you need to make sure that you book well in advance. It sounds simple enough but I know a lot of people make the mistake of leaving this part until the last minute. That is not what you want to do at all. In fact, it is crucial that you book your place before everyone else. When the schools break up, you will find that most people will have already booked up., meaning that you could lose out if you leave things too long. It is that simple!

3 - Get warm clothes
You need to make sure that you wrap up warm and, more importantly, make your kids do the same. Now is the time to stock up on jumpers before you go away. If you are camping, this is particularly important. I can't tell you how cold it can get in autumn. It's not worth the risk of being cold and spoiling your break. For extra things to keep you warm you could get Irish clothing from Aran Sweaters Direct. Take at least three jumpers for each of you - that way, you will always feel cosy no matter what the weather is and won't get caught out with grubby stains or getting caught in bad weather.

4 - Take toys for your kids
I've been caught out before so believe me, you need to make sure that you can entertain your children at all times! Toys for the journey are a good idea, for example, you might want to get some fun board games for kids or even some little toys. If you have a way to entertain your little ones, you might find that the trip is an absolute breeze (finger's crossed 'eh?!).

5 - Leave earlier than you need to
Finally, you should never make the mistake of not leaving yourself enough time. Believe me, I have made this mistake before now. You need to make sure that you leave earlier than you think you need to. That way, you can be certain that you will have enough time to get to your holiday. When you have kids, nothing seems to go to plan, and so you need to give yourself some extra time!

There's nothing better than having a family holiday. Enjoy it - I hope my tips help you along the way.

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