I am pleased to introduce Lisa Bradburn from What2Buy4Kids. Here is her guest post about getting prepared for the Summer:
9 Essential Holiday Items Your Kids Don’t Want to be Without this Summer
Wet wipes. That’s all I could think, after the first long road trip with my kids. I had the food and the games and the drinks. I had even remembered a rubbish bag. Why didn’t I remember the wet wipes? Learn from my mistakes! As a mum of three and ex-school teacher turned toy hunter (yes, that really is my job), I am well versed in how NOT to organise a trip away!
These days, I start packing about 6-8 weeks in advanced. That might sound extreme, but I do it for two reasons:
- No last minute panic
- I get so excited each time I spot the bag in the wardrobe, in which I hoard the holiday essentials; packing in advance builds the momentum.
Over the years, I’ve made a note of the things I need on every holiday and – more importantly – the things that make my kids really happy when we go away. Here’s my list of 9 essential things my kids can’t be without. What would you add to it?
1. Car Journey Games in a Tin
Giftoftheyear.co.uk voted this the toy of the year 2014. It has seven ingenious car-themed games and is recommended for kids over the age of 8. When you’ve not much more than the back of a car seat to stare at, in-car entertainment has to perform! I like this tin version because everything can be contained and it slides under the seats really easily.
2. Their favourite books and some news ones!
Take paperbacks because their weigh less. You’ll need these in the car, hotel and at the beach or by the pool, so I put a couple in the car and a couple in my day bag for easy access. No matter what age, kids find books really calming. Whether you’re reading to them or they’re reading to themselves, a good book will help your children feel relaxed and settled. That’s important when you’re going somewhere new.
3. Loads of PJs!
Is it the late mornings or the relaxed evenings that see our pyjamas take a real wearing? I always need more than one pair. In fact, I often take three for each person or prepare to do lots of washing.
4. Emergency first aid and ‘cosmetics’ kit
I prepare one just for the kids. It contains high factor sunscreen, insect relief, Calpol, those crafty wet wipes, fun plasters and an extra sun hat, folded up inside. In short, it’s my grab-and-go medical insurance for trips away!
5. An extra comforter – like that special ‘noo noo blanket’
Because there are so many places they’re needed! In the car, the plane, the hotel room, on days out… So, like the books, I have a few stashed in various places.
6. Their own back pack
The minute my kids were old enough to carry a mini backpack (there are some really cute ones here), I fastened one onto their backs so fast….! I think this is great for introducing a sense of responsibility – which many kids are so keen to grasp – and it also means I don’t have to carry so much stuff! So, in go the books, the comforter, some snacks and their own mini water bottle.
7. Pillow pet or neck cushion
Pillow pets are super-soft squidgy pillows made to look like animals. Neck cushions go around your neck. I prefer the pillow pets because they’re more versatile – your kids can use them as a sleeping pillow when lying down; the neck pillows only really work when you’re sitting in a car or plane. Whichever you choose, they really help kids snooze off and get comfy.
8. Beach towel
I’ve used spares from our accommodation and taken extras from home, but nothing really beats a proper beach towel. The kids like them because it’s something special that’s just for our trips away. I like them because the bath towels don’t come back sopping wet and full of sand!
A mother’s secret weapon: talc gets rid of sand in an instant! It’s in my day bag and the door of the car for dusting off little feet before they clamber all over my seats! I thought about adding it to my kid’s packs, but this is one item I appreciate more than they do!