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21 November 2019

7 Top Tips for Spending Christmas Away from Home

Whether you're heading abroad, setting off for a getaway in the countryside or staying with relatives for the festive period these tips should make it a success - you can keep the spirit yet remove the stress from travel over Christmas.

7 top tips for spending christmas away from home

  • Before leaving home it's a good idea to ensure you have all the essentials to hand, just in case the weather causes any delays. Pop a box in the boot with some snacks, blankets, drinks and even pyjamas so if you're stuck at night you can transfer the little ones straight to bed with ease. You may also wish to take out one day insurance for your car if someone else wants to take the wheel for a change so you can make the most of your family break from the very start.
  • If your little ones are believers allow them to write letters to Santa in advance so they don't worry that he wont know exactly where they are to deliver their gifts! It may sound simple but it will mean so much to them and remove any unnecessary upset. You can even receive a free letter back from Royal Mail if you post them to Santa’s Grotto, Reindeerland, XM4 5HQ before 6th December - something that will definitely put smiles on faces!
  • If you're worried about keeping your home secure whilst away order a couple of automatic light switches and a door bell with a camera for peace of mind. This will help to make it look like someone is in, even when you're not, and enable you to communicate with anyone that knocks, whether that's couriers, neighbours or carol singers!
  •  Pets are a big part of the family and if they aren't travelling with you it's a good idea to book a kennel or cattery quickly. You may even be able to find a friend that can take your cat or dog in for a couple of days to save you some money. Smaller pets like fish can be cared for with an automatic feeder so you don't need to worry about leaving keys with anyone.

7 top tips for spending christmas away from home

  • Don't forget to pack the advent calendars, a couple of decorations, batteries for the camera and get your gifts wrapped up before you go - being organised before you arrive at your destination will mean you can relax straight away whilst providing a festive feel. If possible leave any big gifts behind and open them upon your return so there's plenty of space in the car for luggage.
  • Find out what's on in the local area as there may be light switch ons, Christmas craft fairs, themed afternoon teas or ice skating to help you make the most of your trip. Book tickets for meet and greet slots with Father Christmas as soon as you can to avoid disappointment. 
  • Sort your festive feast before you leave, whether that's booking a restaurant or a supermarket delivery to your accommodation. You may wish to take some favourite treats too so you can indulge from the moment you unpack!

Have you got any tips to add to the list?



  1. Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  2. These are some really great tips! Since we live where it never snows my husband and I have always dreamed about taking the kids to somewhere it does for Christmas one of these years. These are definitely somethings we will keep in mind!


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