Packing is one of the most exciting parts of planning a holiday for me, I especially enjoy writing lists before. Making sure I don’t forget to pack anything essential or that may be difficult to source in a different country or substantially more expensive.
So, before the holiday I’ll write a list of items needed for the Children and us, then a separate list of what I need to remember to pack.
This is the list of items I’ll pack / ensure I buy in advance broken down:
Snacks – My girls like a snack so I’ll pack some for when out and some for the room. As we are travelling by Car I will pack several packs of water (I managed to find some cool Disney ones!) For food it would be snacks such as popcorn, rice cakes or the little fruit stars generally foods that are quite light so that where possible they eat well still at meal times.
Clothes – Always allow extra and a change of clothing when travelling with children either by car or plane as there is nearly always a spillage or leakage of some form. I also went to H&M and Primark and brought lots of the cheaper T-shirt style dresses for them to wear each day as well as packing 3 of their Princess Dresses each for the meet and greets. Then as it should be hot when we go away I’ll only take us all x1 Hoodie style top each plus a pair of leggings for my girls in case the weather turns cold. Also a buy them a packet of new trainer socks to save time searching for enough pairs that they already have. I found some trendy ones in Primark with bobbles on the back and a rather funky pattern!
Goodie Bags – I like to take little presents for them to unwrap if on a plane ( don’t make the mistake I did and wrap up play dough! as this got me lots of questions at security last year!)
This year I’ve been and brought lots of Disney merchandise from the high street mainly Primark and H& M where it is substantially cheaper again, For example Mickey Mouse ears in Primark are £2 and in Disney they are £20 plus ( yes I’m sure the quality may better however how often they would wear them it wouldn’t be worth it ) Also included would be presents that are activity based like colouring books etc. This time we will place these on the children’s bed in the hotel for them to open when they arrive.
We have the car so can take more with us. If travelling by Plane I would add to the suitcase or hand luggage.
Essential’s in my opinion if travelling with young children / Adults:
- Suntan lotion
- Sufficient Nappies
- Same for Wipes
- Swim Nappies
- Diarrhoea Medication
- Insect Repellent
- Shampoo / Conditioner
- Shower gel (Can double up with kids depending on ages and skin type)
- Face wipes
- Face moisturiser that’s also a Sunscreen
- Sanitary protection if needed
- Little wind up / battery powered hand-held fan
- x4 Way Multi Socket travel adaptor
- Make up!
If going to Disney – Face glitter and a pot of Vaseline (I was given this tip by the Manager in our local Claire’s Accessories to apply the Vaseline first, then the glitter stays put)
Then lay it all out on the bed and assess whether I’ve enough outfits per day plus a few more spares. My two girls have a Trunki each which I’ll pack as must of their clothes in as possible then aim to share a large suitcase with my husband and our baby will most likely need another bag for extra nappies etc.
Do you have any tips for travelling? What do you think is essential to pack?
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