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Travelling with kids: the essentials you don't leave home without

When you go anywhere with kids, chances are your changing bag is packed to the rafters, and you have a few more bags stuffed under the pram too. Kids equal a LOT of luggage, but how many of those things are truly essential? A question that needs to be answered when you're packing to go away on holiday, surely? This week's post is all about travelling with kids, and the essentials you don't leave home without.

Travelling with kids: the essentials you don't leave home without~


It o be top of the list, and full marks to @dadventurer for pointing it out. Your SnoozeShade is guaranteed to make your holiday with kids so much easier, and here's why.

  • Sun protection. Your SnoozeShade provides a high level of protection from the sun's harmful rays and is accredited by the Melanoma International Foundation too.
  • Sleep on the go. Napping schedules are hard to stick to on holiday, and there's a huge possibility your baby/ toddler won't be sleeping in a cot for most of the day time sleeps. Not only will your SnoozeShade protect from the sun, but it will also create a cosy, darkened space for sleep too. No distractions and no missed nap.
  • A darkened space at night. The SnoozeShade for travel cots was designed with parents on holiday in mind. It's a breathable black out cover for cots that means your little one will stay cool and calm at bedtime. What's not to love?

First Aid kit

Thanks to @fiveadventurers for this tip. Make sure your first aid kit is well stocked and ready to go. Kids are always getting into scrapes and being away from home means you don't have your usual supermarkets or pharmacies on hand either. Make sure you include:

  • Paracetamol- go for the sachets as they're easier to carry
  • Head thermometer
  • Plasters
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Prescription medications (if applicable)
  • Bandages and tape
  • Tweezers
  • Antihistamines
  • Insect repellent
  • Emergency numbers for local services, should you need them
  • Baby wipes!
  • Nappy bags
  • Sterilising bags (if you need them)

Check your kit before you travel and make sure it is well equipped and ready to go.

Sleeping essentials

As discussed in our last post, getting kids to sleep on holiday is not always an easy task. Over on Facebook, Jane suggested taking your own travel cot mattress (roll it up, or fold it if you can) to provide a little more comfort at night. Often the cots that are provided on holiday aren't all that great, so this is a fantastic tip. Other sleep essentials include:

  • A night light
  • Black our blind
  • A white noise app (or similar) for your phone or tablet to assist at bedtime
  • Favourite comforter or blanket

Sun protection

While the little one is out and about, make sure you keep them protected from the sun! The essentials you need:

  • UV swim wear and/ or poncho towels
  • Sun cream!
  • Light, long sleeved tops to cover up when the sun is strong
  • Sun hats
  • Sunglasses
  • PLENTY of water


I know, being on holiday should be enough entertainment, but you know what kids are like! Travelling often means delays and being busy can mean that kids get tired and irritable easy too, so time out now and then might be a good idea. The following are great to take away with you:

  • Books
  • Favourite toy or games that can be packed easily
  • Ipad/ tablet with games and books and headphones
  • Favourite DVDs if there is a player where you go

What are your travel essentials when you go away with the kids?


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