Sarah Hazelwood

How to survive the summer holidays

This week marks National Daylight Appreciation Day, which recognises the summer solstice – the longest day of sunlight in the Northern hemisphere – and it won’t be long before we’re welcoming in the six-week school holidays. 

It’s hard to believe that we’re halfway through the year already. The school holidays are always full of so much promise and adventure, but trying to plan something exciting every day for over a month can be a daunting task for many. Don’t let it become a chore though. Rather than wishing the time away until the kids go back in September, treasure every second and use these eight simple steps to make sure this summer is an absolute blast, whatever the weather…

Something for everyone

In the run up to the holidays spend some time with the kids and make a list off all the activities you can plan in, so everyone gets to do something they want. Most of all though, definitely don’t think you have to plan something for every single day, downtime is good too, you know.

Stay savvy

Set a budget, so you don’t end up spending more than you should. There are lots of things you can do for free and keep your eyes peeled for discount vouchers and tickets to free events. Having fun during the holidays doesn’t have to break the bank. Plus, the kids will remember the experience, not how much it costs.

Be prepared

If you’ve got lots of day trips planned, take supplies so you don’t end up having to buy food and drink every time you’re out. Not only will it save you some pennies, but it’ll leave you with more to splash out on treats when the kids have been on their best behavior.

Have fun whatever the weather

With weather being so unpredictable, make sure you’ve got plenty of rainy day supplies to hand. Then even if you’re forced to spend the day indoors it’s not too much of a chore to keep everyone occupied. You could of course always go outside and embrace the weather. When you’re a kid, there’s nothing better than splashing around in the puddles and going on muddy walks.

Don’t let the routine slip

Try and keep to some sort of routine, because getting off what’s commonly known as ‘the summer slide’ can be difficult. Try to keep the balance between work and play, because if you allow their brains to completely switch off, you’ll have a tough task on your hands when September comes around.

Say goodbye to stress

If you’re off on a family holiday, don’t let the packing get the better of you. So many of us leave everything until the last minute, but running round like a headless chicken is no way to start your summer break. Make a list and get organised – it’ll do wonders for your stress levels.

Surviving festival season

Glastonbury starts this week, which for many is the official start of festival season. If you’re heading to one for a day or a few nights, embrace every second. They’re a great way for the whole family to let loose – just remember to eat well, stay hydrated, apply some suncream and make sure you can all be spotted in a large crowd. Flags are a great way to do this!

Make time for you

Don’t forget, the holidays aren’t just about making the kids happy. If there are things you need to get done consider this in your schedule or you’ll be looking back on a full to-do list, wondering how the time has passed you by.

Thankfully, there are still a few weeks left to get set for the summer holidays, but hopefully with these handy tips by your side, you can make the most of every second.