10 Travel Must Haves; #markwarnermum

10 Travel Must Haves; #markwarnermum

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.

List collage

2. Family

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.


Family collage

3. iPad

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…

Lauren and mark in florida


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.

SUn protection


5. Shoes

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.


6. Camera

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…

Zara moaning

Just don’t forget to clear your storage out so you have room for those photos.

7. Outfit

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.

White dress

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.


9. Ball

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.

Ball collage

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  ā‚¬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…

Bottle of bubbly

So that is my top ten (more of which can be found on my Pinterest page)


Mark warner mood board

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.

Diary of an imperfect mum


  1. Laura: Adventures with J
    February 21, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Great post!! I love the inclusion of a ball. This is definitely one of my holiday essentials nowadays! Great tip re the separate swimwear for children too. I need to pick up a couple of the other bits pre holiday in May. Thanks for sharing!

    • Tammymum
      February 21, 2017 / 10:51 pm

      Ha yes a ball should not be underestimated! Oh definitely go for the two piece – it is so much more practical! X

  2. February 21, 2017 / 10:22 pm

    Ah I love this – you guys would be perfect for that role!! Fab tips, you’re definitely the expert hehe. Love the video – Zara is such a cutie ā¤ they both are, so sweet that she named you all. Hope you’re having fun lovely!!

    • Tammymum
      February 21, 2017 / 10:50 pm

      Aaah thank you she’s lovely isn’t she šŸ˜ ha I totes would say that, even if I was the last on her list šŸ™„ xx

  3. February 22, 2017 / 5:41 am

    Great post! It is amazing what becomes essential to you once bambino arrives. Can’t wait to read more about your travel adventures #familyfun

  4. February 22, 2017 / 6:56 am

    Love the video of Zara! I totally agree on the ball – if we can’t fit one in the suitcase, we buy a cheap one wherever we’re going and it keeps the Popple very entertained. The iPad is a must too, as much as I hate to admit it! #FamilyFun

  5. February 22, 2017 / 7:21 am

    Great post. I did one similar for our weekend away recently. Packing for a family can be a challenge. #familyfun

  6. February 22, 2017 / 7:35 am

    Great list – we’re currently trying to plan our summer holiday so I’ll definitely be using this!!


  7. February 22, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Definitely with you on these! Especially the iPad and the alcohol! Good luck with getting picked for the programme xx #familyfunlinky

  8. February 22, 2017 / 12:57 pm

    A packing list is a must for us, otherwise my husband will forget to pack something important #FamilyFunLinky

  9. February 22, 2017 / 2:35 pm

    Some event tips and advice. Yes to the bottle of fizz and Zara is so cute! Good luck with your entry #familyfun

  10. February 22, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    I have lists about lists I swear!

    It is the only way I can sleep at night.


  11. February 22, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Zara is so cute!! You definitely need to be a mark warner mum! You’d fit in so well! Good luck šŸ˜˜

  12. February 22, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Looks like a pretty complete list. Entertainment for the littles, booze for the adults. What else do you need? #familyfun

  13. February 22, 2017 / 5:31 pm

    Fantastic post, very funny, and pretty exhaustive for me! You nailed it! Thanks for hosting #FamilyFun x

  14. February 22, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Great post! Good luck with your entry! Maybe I’ll give it a go next year :) #FamilyFunLinky

  15. February 22, 2017 / 6:34 pm

    I love a good list, and am guilty of a printed vacation itinerary. We road trip a lot and research and timings are important… even if it is a little geeky šŸ˜‰

  16. February 22, 2017 / 6:36 pm

    Lists, always lists! With alcohol as a close second in importance…
    A x #familyfunlinky

  17. February 22, 2017 / 6:53 pm

    hgahahaha marmite? clearly this lady knows what she wants! haha bless her!
    This is a very good round up and I love that you have included a List in your list!! The organisational freak in me is very pleased #familyfun

  18. February 22, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    Gorgeous children and a great list – it includes bubbly, nuff said :) Alison x #FamilyFun

  19. February 22, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    Love this list, sun cream and bubbles x #FamilyFun

  20. February 22, 2017 / 7:15 pm

    I loved that your first point was a list! I am exactly the same. Thank you for hosting #FamilyFun šŸŒŸ

  21. February 22, 2017 / 7:37 pm

    Nice list

    I think the only other thing I’d add to it is baby wipes, will get you out of a lot of sticky situations

  22. February 22, 2017 / 8:11 pm

    So important to take a camera, especially when the kids are little! For one, they’re only this little for so long. Two, you need proof. I forgot all about my family’s trips to Las Vegas before the age of 5. So when I went as an adult, I was all excited about my FIRST trip to Vegas, but then my parents reminded/told me that I’d been there before. When I was 3. I had no memory of it, and no pictures.

    • February 22, 2017 / 8:25 pm


  23. February 22, 2017 / 9:04 pm

    I have to confess, I’m a useless packer. I hate it and it stresses me out. The OH does all the packing. He makes a list, asks me what I want and what Molly will need and then packs it! Ha. I agree with all the things you have on the list, especially the ball.

  24. February 22, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    Oh, the video of your little ones made me smile. Glad they wanted to take mummy and daddy :-)
    a true #familyfun post

  25. February 22, 2017 / 10:19 pm

    Handy list #familyfun

  26. February 23, 2017 / 9:32 am

    Good luck hun! Let’s hope we both get it eh xx Thank you for having me in your link up. #familyfunlinky

  27. February 24, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    Good luck with your competition entry. #FamilyFunLinky

  28. February 25, 2017 / 1:44 pm

    Good luck and a great post #familyfun

  29. February 27, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    Ah good list! Love you have added bubbles!! I’d definitely agree with iPad, toys, camera and sun cream. #FamilyFun

  30. March 1, 2017 / 10:24 am

    Ha ha ha a brilliant list mama – good luck with the ambassadorship!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime