As scary as it seems, despite the fact the schools only went back four weeks ago, the October Half Term will soon be here. For us that means our family holiday is just around the corner and I can’t wait to get some Winter sun and relax before the hectic run up to Christmas!
Of course my mind is currently preoccupied making lists of items we will need for our holiday and one of my top priorities is keeping our 5 year old daughter happy, so today I thought I’d share with you some of the essential items I’ll be packing for her.
One of the most stressful parts of going on holiday is actually getting there, especially when you have children in tow. Hanging around in the airport is enough to test anyone’s patience, but whilst us mummys are usually happy enough to look around the Duty Free shop, young kids are often quite literally bored to tears. I’m hoping to avoid any meltdowns by taking a couple of games. The Ravensburger Memory Game (RRP £3.99)* is a great one for little ones because it’s such a simple concept for them to grasp and each one features their favourite cartoon characters. It’s also small enough for your hand luggage. I also love My First Bananagrams (RRP £16.99)* which fits neatly into my handbag and has a number of ways you can play. It encourages letter recognition and reading skills so ticks that educational box too!
Whilst it’s turned cold here we are headed to warmer climes for some Winter sun so a beach towel will be essential, along with a high factor sun cream. Our daughter will love this Disney Princess Beach Towel by Character World (RRP £12.99)* and it’s really plush and a decent size – one of my pet peeves is towels that are ridiculously small or thin. I’m packing FrezyDerm Kids Sun Care SPF50 (RRP £18.50)* for my little girl which offers high protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays as well as being water resistant. It’s perfect for her sensitive skin too as it is free from perfume, colour and parabens.
When it comes to cute accessories I love Accessorize and they have a great childrens range too called Angels. Their hats are gorgeous and I managed to grab a couple in their Summer Sale. I always pack a few sunhats to keep my daughter cool and shaded when she’s playing on the beach. I also recommend packing a tonne of T Shirts as if your kids are like my little girl she can go through two or three a day on holiday! Marks & Spencer have really upped their game when it comes to their kids wear, not only do they look good and wash well, but they are pretty affordable too. This pack of 4 t shirts only cost me £16! I also love the TU range of children’s wear from Sainsburys, which I think beats the other supermarket clothing ranges hands down!
What are you essential items to keep your kids happy when going on holiday? I’d love to hear your tips for stress-free travelling, so do comment below!