Without a doubt the question I am asked most is ‘how do you make traveling with children look so easy?’
I am not going to pretend to you that it is a walk in the park. We all have our days, we all have our moments. I still remember the reality check of our first family vacation and the sudden realisation that things were ‘different’ now. Call me crazy but I wouldn’t swap back to those lazy beach days, and genuinely love the beautiful chaos of travelling as a family of four.
With that said, there is a small but non negotiable list of travelling essentials which I ALWAYS pack for our trips. These items are guaranteed to make holiday life easier!
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CoziGo – The CoziGo is a dual purpose cover which can be used on both airline basinets and prams. It provides 97% light blockage, so that babies and toddlers can fall asleep faster and stay asleep for longer. The fabric is UPV50+ keeping children safe from the sun, and is 100% air permeable to allow air to flow freely through the cover. The design is a universal fit meaning it works on all strollers and most airline bassinets. This is a simple and far more effective (and much safer!) solution to draping blankets over a pram. I love that I can not only use this during travel but also on my pram at home.
Plane Pal & Packing Pal – Pane Pal have two incredible products; the Plane Pal and the Packing Pal. Both products massively enhance your travel experience whether in a plane, car, camper van or bus. The Plane Pal is a custom designed inflatable cushion which fills the space between your own seat and the seat in front of you. This creates a bed like arrangement making sleep time so much more inviting. We have one each for Ari and Chloe, and when they let me I sneak my legs up on it too! The Packing Pals are mesh packing shells which help you to effectively pack and organise your suitcase. I use a system of packing tops in one, bottoms in another and so on. They com with a separate bag for shoes and another for dirty laundry.
Very Busy Bag – The perfect take anywhere entertainment for busy and time poor parents. The Very Busy Bag is vital for keeping children entertained during travel. It can be used on planes, car trips, trains, buses, in hotel rooms, you name it! Each bag is filled with age and gender appropriate toys, activities and games for little ones to enjoy whilst on the move. There is so much variety in these bags, Ari and Chloe’s kept them entertained for three weeks in Europe! There are straps on the back of the bag so that older children can carry it themselves. My favourite thing about it is that the Very Busy Bag provides screen free time!
Bubba Bump Baby Bag – After lots of trial and error I have found the perfect solution for hand luggage when traveling with little ones. A back pack is hands down the way to store all of your essentials. This way you hands can be free to manage children, negotiate customs and all the other busy parts of airport travel. The Bubba Bump Baby is the baby bag I chose to use not only when traveling but also at home, which means I don’t have to purchase addition items. Its also great to use for day trips, once we have arrived at our destination. This bag is luxurious, stylish, and many pockets are perfectly positioned to store all of those quick grab items like dummies, bottles and comforters.
Nordic Naturals – Staying healthy whilst travelling is key to the success of all holidays because no one wants to be sick on a trip! Nordic Naturals is made from purified Cod Liver Oil, which benefits multiple body systems including brain, eye, heart, bone and joint health. It also aids in overall energy and vitality, which is so important on busy holidays. Nordics Naturals have products to suit both adults and children, lots of which are naturally flavoured to test delicious.
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Now that you have all of your travelling essentials its time to book your next family holiday.
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