You may have noticed we are keen holiday goers, our one and two year old are yet to stop us. So having seen the Mark Warner Ambassador Programe explode over Twitter I couldn’t not put my post into the mix. The blog post, you guessed it, 10 Travel Must Haves. This is pretty well timed as I am writing this from Sunny Spain, our second holiday (you can read about our first here) of the year so ‘must haves’ are not far from my mind.
Starting at the very beginning, and not in order of priority…honest… the first thing on my list is…
1. A list
Yep, a list. Packing for a family of four (sometimes 5) inclusive of two tiny tots requires a lot of organisation, and stuff. You are bound to forget said stuff, especially if your baby brain never actually returned to a fully functioning adult brain, without a list. My list sits pride of place on the freezer, serving as a constant reminder and final check before we leave the house.
I told you, not in order of priority, really… Let’s face it as much as we might dream of those blissful holidays where we soaked up the sun on the beach with a mojito in hand and only the crashing of the waves for sound, we wouldn’t, not really, be without our family. Travelling with little ones can be tough, but it is also so enjoyable. I hate to use it, but it is #makingmemories at it’s finest. I have such fond memories of our September holiday last year and it was because of the company I kept.
Sorry all but I couldn’t not include it. Flying with kids, especially young kids, can be a challenge. My screen time limits are out of the window on flights and they can have unprecedented iPad access. It also doubles up as my book, clearly not for the flight. That’ll be another 10 years time. Also let’s face it WIFI!! It is everywhere and I can remain connected to the big wide world – THANK GOD. Oh and you know, blog…
4. Sun Protection
Yawn I know, but if you don’t you will look this…
You will then spend a day of your holiday inside crying. Trust me. This little one lost a day of our Florida adventure to sunburn thanks to her pre teen ‘I know better than you, it’s not even hot’ attitude. Word to the wise on swim wear, the all in one is great, when it is a two piece. Pealing off a wet all in one to change a nappy or rush a toddler to the loo is considerably less fun. As is rolling it back over their wriggly, sticky, impatient body.
I have a confession – shoes stress me out. You want, no need, comfort but you want style, you do not want to be too hot or too cold. Also when you have big ol’ clown feet like mine, or flippers, as Mr Tammy affectionately refers to them… which are a half size different, ticking all these boxes just ain’t fun. Yet kind of essential.
Well whilst we are in the business of making memories – rolls eyes- it would be a shame not to document them so you can actually remember, or show your little ones who may well be too young to remember. Whether you have a professional camera or point and shoot from your phone it is a holiday essential I would be lost without. I mean who wouldn’t want to capture moments like these…
Just don’t forget to clear your storage out so you have room for those photos.
We all have one – that staple outfit that we feel comfortable in. The one you can dress up or dress down, the multi purpose yet fashionable outfit we love. For me it is this plain white dress, I can layer it up or down weather dependant. I can dress it up, or down, destination dependant and it fits and flatters. Perfecto.
8. Kids entertainment
Despite my aforementioned no screen embargo I cannot in good conscience just plonk them in front of the darn thing all holiday. Kid’s don’t always feel the holiday vibes in the same way as us older folk and still need entertaining. We always travel with, books, stickers, toys, pens whatever we can to make sure they have something to occupy their little minds.
Simple but hours.of.fun. It will be the best couple of quid you spend. Whether it’s football, volleyball splashing about in the pool ball every child, and adult, loves a ball. Trust.
10. Bottle of Bubbly
What did I tell you – definitely not in order of priority. Is this really a must have? Could you do without it? Hmm. I best not answer. Holiday’s are for all, parents included. Don’t get me wrong, we happily play ball, make yet more memories, blah blah blah, but I also very much like to sit and enjoy a nice glass of something cold, whether it be in the sun or of an evening when the kids are in bed. It can be €3 bottle of cava (we found an excellent one in our local Lidl) or Dom Perignon. If champers isn’t your thing, pick a tipple, hard or soft, put your feet up and enjoy, you’re on holiday. If that isn’t a must have well…
So that is my top ten (more of which can be found on my Pinterest page)
I then put the spot light on my little girl and asked her what she would like to take on her travels. I asked her two days before we left for our current holiday. I was a little surprised at her answer. Ok a lot surprised. I haven’t edited the video and neither is it scripted – my two year old cannot read, or follow instruction for that matter. Also my boy has a dirty face and a snotty nose, standard. Apologies but it was a very off the cuff video on my iPhone – we were going for the au natural approach. I think however what she meant to say was, marmite. Turns out that has been her must have.