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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Kids Holiday Essentials

Two years ago (WOW! I can't actually believe it was that long ago!) I wrote The A-Z of Holidaying with Children. It proved to be one of my most popular posts EVER and is still read pretty much every day. If you haven't already, you can read it for yourself here.

Now, with another couple of years of parenting expertise *ahem* under my belt, I thought I'd write a second part to that original post - this time looking at essential holiday accessories. There are lots of 'must haves' and 'gadgets' out there and people are forever telling you what you MUST buy - but which accessories do you really need?

It goes without saying that decent luggage is a must have. But there's no need to spend a fortune on the latest character endorsed suitcase for your kids - there is plenty of affordable luggage out there, for both grown ups and children. Stick to simple/plain luggage that won't age or go out of fashion or favour so that you will get years of use out of it.

Childrens swimwear is also something of a necessity, and other swim/sun accessories, like floats and sun tents are worthy investments for holidays both at home and abroad.

Make sure everything you need for your journey is easily accessible in the car, or in your hand luggage. Plan for every eventuality; there could be delays or changeable weather so make sure suncream is handy and pack snacks! Also, always make room for colouring books and crayons/stickers/travel games. Never underestimate the importance of entertainment when travelling with kids.

A compact, lightweight pushchair is also useful if you are travelling with a baby or toddler. Although it could possibly be seen as an unnecessary expense, when flying it is preferable to take an easily foldable stroller to the gate, rather than a large and bulky (and expensive!) travel system. Even when holidaying within the UK, a stroller is a huge space saver when it comes to loading up the car boot.

Put together a mini first aid kit, to include every day medical essentials like calpol, antiseptic creams and plasters and extras like antihistamines too. These may be easy to buy but it is super handy to have them on you already - chances are you are going to need at least one of them when you're away from home.

What do you consider a holiday essential? Is there something you could not leave home without?


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