Do you remember when deciding which bikini or flip flops to bring was the most important, time consuming decision when packing for a holiday? Now you have little ones to pack for, we bet that this decision has moved way down the list and the bikini you bring away this summer is in fact the first one you spot in the wardrobe!
As a parent, packing for a holiday has a whole new meaning, there is an endless and ever-growing list of what you need to bring from clothes through to nappies, wipes, toys and the medicine cabinet…just in case. We know that packing for little ones can take forever so we thought we’d help with our Top 10 Travel Essentials for Family Holidays this summer…
A First Aid Kit
A good First Aid Kit is an absolute essential for any outings out and about. The St John’s Ambulance Children’s First Aid Kit contains all the first aid essentials for your infant and toddler’s first bumps and bruises. For just £13.49 this handy kit is perfect for any trip or holiday. Available from: Boots
A Practical and Versatile Changing Bag
The toTs Voyage Changing Bag from toTs by smarTrike has room for everything thanks to its spacious design and with multi compartments and pockets, you will be able to keep all your baby bits organised too! Made from a lightweight and water repellent fabric, this changing bag will see you through long journeys, days at the beach and all family adventures. RRP: £74.99 Available from: Smyths Toys Superstores
A Baby Carrier
We Made Me, the innovative and multi-award winning baby carrier brand offer a progressive carrying solution for every family including the Wuti Wrap™ (a stretchy wrap) and the Pao Papoose™ (a 3-in-1 front and back, soft-structured carrier), together with the much loved Baba Sling®. RRP: From £22.50 Available from: We Made Me
A Travel Game for Long Car Journeys
Designed to keep the family quiet on long car journeys the Puppets by Post CarPets collection is a must-have for every car or plane journey! The fun, colourful and playful puppets range has been created for little hands but can be used by adults too and include a range of animals including a panda, crocodile, elephant, lion and more! RRP: £ 9.99 Available from: Puppets by Post
A Hand Sanitiser
The unique and 100% natural Aquaint Sanitising Water from Vital Baby is ideal for family holidays. Made from just water and hypochlorous acid, a natural acid produced in the human body to fight bacteria and germs, this highly effective cleansing water kills 99.9% of bacteria in just seconds. Great for cleaning little hands, pacifiers, feeding equipment and toys on the go, this pocket size 50ml travel size sanitising water is truly an essential at just £2.49. Available from: Vital Baby
Portable High Chair
Designed to make life on the go a little easier, the ingenious, safe and comfortable Totseat highchair can be shortened or extended to fit all manner of high-backed, low-backed, stylish, weird and wonderful chairs. Perfect for those no high chair moments, with Totseat your little one can still join you at the dinner table with no fuss or hassle! RRP: From £20 Available from: Totseat
Pushchair Cover for Naps on the Go
Offering the perfect sleep solution for prams, buggies, car seats and travel cots, SnoozeShade® is a simple, easy and lightweight cover to give little ones a dark haven for sleeping on the go. Great for holidays, restaurants and any adventures out and about. RRP: From £19.99 Available from: SnoozeShade
It is always handy to have a child friendly app on your smart phone, iPad or tablet ready for those moments when you can’t get the toys out but little ones are looking for something to do while travelling. We love the BBC CBeebies Playtime App. Free to download, the app includes lots of games and creative activities based on popular children’s TV shows including Teletubbies and Something Special.
Available from: Apple, Google Play, Amazon and Windows Phone 8 app stores.
Travel Sterilising Kit
Safe, quick and practical with our Quick Clean Microwave Bags you can disinfect breastfeeding and bottle accessories in less than three minutes – it only takes three steps. This makes it faster and easier than boiling, killing 99.9% of the most common germs and bacteria. RRP: Pack of 5 £12.99 Available from: Mothercare
Without doubt a camera is a must-have for any family holiday so you can capture those precious moments and memories to treasure forever. Why not get your children involved in capturing your adventures? We love the look of this VTech Kidizoom Duo Pink camera for photos and videos, with stamps, frames, animations and more! RRP: £51.99 Available from: Argos
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