A modern mom’s guide: Family vacation

Every parents’ dream is to see their child happy, at least that’s our dream. These past holidays we went all out for the kids. We did our outmost to make sure they get a holiday they dreamt of, and more. We saved every cent to make sure we create beautiful memories with them. Memories that will always remind them that family is everything.

If you follow me on any social media platform, you’d see that we were ballin’. We slept at 3 different hotels in 3 different locations.

Yes every year we go on holiday, but this was the first time I also felt I was on holiday. If you are a mom, then you know what I’m talking about. You know that a holiday is not really a holiday. Chances are, you come back home feeling more exhausted than when you left for holiday.

Here is a list of things to always have, or do, to not just survive – but enjoy your holiday too.


1.  Teach your kids to be responsible. I know it’s a cliché, but a lifesaver I promise. Make sure you enforce some rules. Here’s a couple of examples:
  • After swimming, hang your cozies and towels.
  • No tablets or phones
  • Double check that you don’t leave anything at the hotel, check everywhere.
2.  Equal sharing of responsibilities with the husband.
  • Make it clear before even leaving for holiday that you expect him to be fully hands on.

I told them ‘If you don’t follow the rules, we cut the holiday short’. It’s that easy.

Must-haves in your toilet bag:

1.  Sunscreen

All I can say is; ‘You can never have enough sunscreen’. The myth that ‘black people don’t get sunburned’, is exactly that, a myth. Remember that sunscreen absorbs or reflects some of the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation and thus helps protect against sunburn. Also make sure to protect your eyes and don’t forget the hats.

2.   Allergy Medication

It’s better to be safe than sorry. We recently had such a scare when our daughter’s face just started swelling up. There’s nothing that makes me more anxious than a sick child. But because we always pack medicines like Allergex, Deselex or Allecet it’s easy to monitor the situation before rushing to ER. Don’t forget to include painkillers as well.

3.  Mosquito repellent

We discovered the best mosquito repellant that can be used by anyone, anywhere. Peaceful Sleep has been around for as long as I can remember.  They’ve come up with a new range of products, the Family Care range, which are absolutely amazing. Compact, odourless and safe to use by the entire family. Being a chemical engineer myself, I give their new formulation thumbs up.


Keep the kids busy with activities everyday. In other words, make sure they ‘pass out’ when they get back to the hotel. We booked a photoshoot while on holiday and by the end of the 2 hours, they were exhausted.

It also helps when they become more independent, to choose what they want to do. Our kids love swimming, and they are quite good at it. They are at a point where they go to the hotel pool by themselves. This way I get to spend a bit of time with the husband.


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12 thoughts on “A modern mom’s guide: Family vacation

  1. I don’t have children so I don’t know how a family holiday looks like, but you have some very good points in your post. Teaching children to be responsible and also talking with them about the importance of sunscreen and repellent are both equally important for a relaxing holiday.

  2. Teaching kids to be responsible is key! Then they can take care of themselves and don’t have to rely on their parents for every little thing. Also I’m sure being prepared with all the supplies makes traveling so much easier and stress-free.

  3. You provided some really sound advice for travelling as a family. It looks like you had a great vacation.

  4. I’m glad you are teaching your kids right! I’ve seen so many kids who are spoilt and reliant on their parents. I’m not a parent yet so I won’t know the difficulty of raising one. But respect!

  5. Great tips. Mosquito repellants are the usual victims of forgetfulness but I’ve specifically heard about Peaceful Sleep’s effectiveness. It’s about time the name works for all the whole world’s vacations!

  6. You provided great tips for families with little ones. As a single adult, your must-haves in your toiletry bag is important to anyone traveling. Glad you got to enjoy this holiday.

  7. This is really important. Glad that you shared some good advice for the traveling as a family. I will save this for my reference.

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