Although we all count down the weeks, days and even hours to our summer holidays, you’ve got to admit that the run up isn’t just daydreaming about your days in the sun. Sometimes it can be a stressful experience, amidst booking the flights, organising transport, finding travel insurance, requesting annual leave and asking someone to water the plants whilst you’re away…
One of the main causes of pre-holiday stresses is always the tricky task of packing. Especially if you’re a working mum with one (or more) kids to think about! So, I’m going to share with you a few tips that I’ve picked up over the years…
Be Prepared for Any Situation
A parent is usually prepared for any situation that might suddenly arise – from scratched knees to toilet accidents. This is difficult to maintain when you’re away from home, so I’ve always travelled with a little first aid kit with plasters, medicine, rehydration sachets, tissues, baby wipes, nail clippers and hand sanitiser.
Don’t forget about the holiday essentials too – sun cream, after sun and insect repellent are all musts for a sunny holiday. The NHS has a useful checklist if you’re not sure where to start.
Deciding what clothes to pack for yourself is often hard enough, but then mums have to throw in their kids’ clothes too! Fear not though, as you can just follow this handy list:
- Sunglasses and sunhats to shield them from the sun
- Swimsuits and goggles for venturing into the sea
- Extra socks and underwear – because you can never be too careful!
- Cool clothes for the daytime and a few warmer layers if it gets chilly on an evening
- Pyjamas to sleep in
- Armbands if they want to go paddling
Plus, if your hotel doesn’t provide them, you can bring beach towels and parasols to save yourself from paying potentially higher prices once you’re there.
Travel Sized Toys
Keeping your kids happy and occupied for an entire week or two could be easier by letting them take some of their toys on holiday. They might not be able to sleep without their favourite cuddly toy, or they might want something familiar to act as a home comfort.
Older children will probably chill and listen to music on their tablet or phone, so make sure you pack some headphones for them. Pack pool floats as they’re compact, light to carry and so much fun for any kid on holiday! You can even let them bring their prized skateboard from SkateHut if you want to keep them busy (or if you’re trying to convince them to go on walks with you to explore the local area.)
Keep your kids happy, and your holiday stress levels low. Think about how you pack your bags as, if done right, you can jet set off to your destination with the whole family smiling!