It’s that time of the year again.
The sun is out, the skies are blue, the weeds are growing (sigh) and the social media timelines are filled with people complaining about how hot it is.
It’s holiday season.
If you are anything like me you are about to head off on your annual holiday with kids in tow. As a relatively new mum, with two children under 3, I find that there is a lot to think about when packing for everyone. In fact, more than often, I end up forgetting something and hoping I can buy it there.
So, what are some of the important things you need to take with you when you take little ones on holiday? Well, let’s start with the obvious…
1. Suncream, suncream and even more suncream.
You can never pack too much suncream. Even in good old sunny England. If you’re at the beach the kids will be in and out of the water all of the time, and if you’re not then they will be running around like mini whirlwinds, sweating it off.
Of course, if you don’t take it you could probably buy it from wherever you are going to, but be prepared for it to cost double the price.
2. That toy.. that toy.. that toy.. and that random rock they adopted from the garden and called Bob.
A toddler without their favourite toys is a brewing temper tantrum unless distracted, so why risk it? Just be sure to buy in spares to stay at home, just in case.
3. Something familiar
Kids tend to thrive on routine and going on holiday can throw their sleeping off, especially on the first few days away. It’s not unusual for me to spend the first night of the holiday pacing around the caravan trying to make a certain toddler as sleepy as possible because she refuses to sleep in this new strange place.
If you take something that they are familiar with from home, such as a blanket or favourite teddy, they can use this familiarity to help them feel more relaxed and therefore go to bed earlier (please!).
4. Their favourite book
Again, for helping them relax at bedtime but also for those moments where the excitement of the day has got just that bit too much and everyone needs to take just a few moments to relax and calm down.
5. Swim nappies
Ah swim nappies. What wonderful things they are. It’s not until you forget to buy them and attempt your first paddling pool session with just normal nappies that you appreciated how brilliant these nappies are.
They don’t swell up when wet, they keep in those typically timed poops, they pull on like pants making them super quick to put on and they’re just plain awesome. Just make sure to pack lots because the packets they come in don’t hold many.
6. Lots of plastic bags
Where else are you going to store all of the sandy, wet clothes from the beach?
7. A stash of crayons and paper
If you are going to a town destination or heading to somewhere like Haven or Centre Parks, you will probably find yourself in a restaurant or cafe at some point throughout the holiday. One of the most difficult places to keep children entertained is in a restaurant setting because they don’t have the option to run around and blow off steam, they just have to sit quietly where they are put.
This can result in some very bored children, and can threaten the potential of a major tantrum.
So, why not take a selection of different crayons and different types of paper? The kids will have fun colouring in and generally making a wax coated mess and you may be able to finish your meal whilst it’s still warm, for once.
8. A fan
With the weather being as warm as it has lately, kiddies can find it very difficult to settle down at night – particularly if they need the feel of a duvet covering them to sleep properly.
This is where a fan comes in handy. Not only does it blow cold air around the room, creating a bit of air movement and cooling everyone down, it gives an element of white noise which is great for helping little ones get undisturbed sleep.
9. Your tipple of choice
Because, let’s face it, a holiday with two very young children will never be a relaxing one. So in those brief moments that you do have, take advantage and enjoy a tipple of your favourite drink… and maybe book a week off after the holiday itself to recover.
10. A camera
These are days to enjoy and remember. Before you know it they will have grown up and will be going off on holidays by themselves, so take photos to look back on in years to come.
What do you think are the most important things to take with you on a holiday with young children? Let me know in the comments below!
(Seriously, I could do with some tips!)
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