[no_toc] globetotting partner post
It’s almost back-to-school, which has us thinking about future travel plans! Week-long holidays are harder during the school year but family weekends away are easy to organise and make for a great break. But, no matter how organised you are, if you’re anything like me you will most likely forget something! So, we were delighted to partner with Muddy Puddles to bring a list of essential items that will make your family break both easy and fun.
If you’re planning on driving a fair few hours in the car be sure to pack your entertainment essentials such as portable gaming consoles, and iPad with headphones, reading books, coloured pencils and a colouring book, card games and any other travel sized activities you can think of. It’s also fun for all the family should you get any rainy days (which is quite likely in England!). Take a look at keepemquiet.com for the ultimate travel entertainment packs.
If you’re taking your gadgets with you don’t forget the adapters and chargers. Check out Currys if you need some extras for your trip.
Try and have printed out versions of your directions and plans for your time away. If your electronics should fail on you, you don’t want to end up lost or stuck for things to do. Plan your day trips out and have the directions in your bag.
If you have small children this needs to be a top priority both for them and for yourself; the last thing you need a poorly person on your weekend away. Make sure your medicine bag it includes ibuprofen, Calpol for kids, medicine for allergic reactions or upset stomachs and plasters.
Pack rain coats and wellington boots because if you’re in England you are bound to get some sort of rain or encounter with mud! Take a look at wellies from Muddy Puddles and pick out the perfect pair for your little ones.
Bats & Balls
You are bound to have lots of activities or day trips planned and whether it’s a dip in the pool or a bike ride be sure to take things with you to make this possible. Think bikes, swim wear, Frisbees, bats and balls or a bucket and spade. You may also want to bring some books for the kids.
Now, we don’t advise you take your entire bathroom cabinet but don’t forget to take sun cream. The last thing you want is for anyone to get sunburnt and spend the rest of the holiday in pain (or lying in a darkened room!).
It’s worth packing a spare change of clothes in the car or your daypack, particularly if you’re travelling with toddlers and babies. You know, for those accidents during the car journey, a dinner spilled on a lap or just general grubbiness from a day of activities. And, if you are equally as messy as a child, we’d advise some extra clothing for yourself too!
It might sound obvious but make sure that you have enough money on you and the right bank cards. And, if you’re travelling for a weekend break in Europe, make sure your bank knows that you’ll be away so that your card doesn’t get blocked.
Now you’re all sorted and packed, it’s time to go and make the most of a fun-filled family weekend. Enjoy!