Some of our recent finds include colourful India-inspired t-shirts for the entire family, doodling books to keep little kids occupied, the best sticky notes ever and “sporks”!
Masala Tee T-Shirts
We have always loved these designer organic t-shirts (or ‘tee-shirts’ as Masala Tee likes to call them) designed and created in India. Made from 100% eco-friendly fabric the designs are truly unique with lots of Indian references: bejewelled Bollywood-style women, turban-topped men and wild animals including tigers, elephants and crocodiles. They make all-in-ones for babies, hoodies for little kids, and t’s for men and women too. Right now we’re coveting their Infusion and Vintage lines.
Available from: www.masalateeboutique.com
Price: Kids’ t’s & onesie’s from: US $25. Adult t’s from: US $42.
Usborne Doodling Books
We’ve already waxed lyrical about our love for Usborne’s sticker books but this summer we found another Usborne product that captured our kids’ imaginations…and gave us some free time! My son spent hours drawing aliens and colouring in spaceships with his ‘Big Book of Drawing, Doodling and Colouring for Boys’ while my daughter scribbled over pandas and drew squiggles on elephants in her ‘My First Big Book of Doodling, Drawing and Colouring’. Usborne stock a wide range of these books including some wipe-clean doodle books that are great for flights.
Available on Amazon: Usborne Doodling Books
Price: Varies, big doodle books around £14.99.
Sticky Notes for iPhone
Given that I always write my ‘don’t forget’ travel list on post-it notes (passports, kids’ toothbrushes, favourite teddy bears etc..), especially before early-morning flights, I think this is a genius idea. These adhesive notes have been designed for use with the iPhone 5 and can be stuck on the back – still leaving space for the camera. There may well be apps for lists (hundreds, even) but if you’re anything like me then nothing quite beats the satisfaction of crossing off your ‘To Do’ list with a pencil.
Available from: Paperback at ilovehandles.com
Price: US $7.95
I’m still not sure who first invented the ‘spork’ (a spoon / fork combined) or why but my kids love them. My mum first bought them one each and now it’s their utensil of choice both at home and travelling. If you’ve got little kids then they’re good for when out on the road. Some come with a small (blunt) knife edge too. Another one of those random gadgets that we now can’t live without…
Available from: Lightmyfire.com
Price: From £8.70 for a set of four.