As part of my series on Things to do in the Summer Holidays, I thought I’d also share some of my tried and tested travel essentials. From a day trip to the park to taking on board a flight, these are the things I pack time and time again.
Some of them are quite obvious – a bag to carry things in is clearly essential. I like this Fjällräven Rucksack No. 21 for carrying all this stuff around in. It’s not a baby bag but it does have 2 good outside pockets for water bottles (not pictured, my favourite Klean Kanteen stainless steel bottle, as well as a laptop sleeve inside, and allows you to keep your hands free to deal with 2 kids. In it, I carry the Tiba + Marl Etta changing pouch with WaterWipes, nappies etc and several muslins.
I also always pack our Green People children’s sun cream which I love because I can use it on Pip’s skin even though she has eczema, and sun hats for everyone.
If we are going to be travelling in any car which is not ours, such as a taxi, I always pack our Bubblebum which is a portable, inflatable booster seat. It comes in a little travel pouch and is much easier to stow than a normal seat. It is also great if you travel by plane and plan to pick up a rental car as it means you can avoid the heavy hire costs on the other side. We were sent ours to review, and it is one of those products which I genuinely don’t know what we did before we got one, and am telling everyone how useful they are!
Lastly – two more random things but ones which I find incredibly useful. First, the Love Boo Sleep & Snuggle Room & Pillow spray. I am a big believer in scent and the positive associations which can be built using it. I spray this every night in the kid’s rooms before they go to bed (now that LB is 3 months, I spray it near his bed too) – it is calming, and soothing and smells of lavender and chamomile and particularly in hot weather makes the room seem cooler. As we use it at home, I also take it with us when we go away, so that their room or bed, whilst not actually familiar, at least smells more familiar.
Secondly, an enamel plate (& knife/fork/spoon) is something I use time and time again. Particularly in the car, although on foot as well, having a plate & cutlery to hand for impromptu picnics saves so much hassle. I usually carry the pasta plate type plate which doubles as a bowl (and on one memorable occasion a sick bowl – I was very proud of my reflexes to manage to lean round into the back seat having whipped this plate out of my bag in the front seat in time to catch all the vomit in it!)
And because no trip or bag is complete without a book for entertainment, this Peepo book is our current favourite reading for both kids together.
Not pictured – a first aid kit & hand sanitizer.
What have I missed? What is on your essentials list?