Holiday time is here! Whether you are planning a big family holiday, or a weekend camping there is a lot of preparation involved when you are travelling with kids. I am guilty of revelling in all the list making and packing, but I know that I need to start allowing the children to pack their own belongings, or they will never learn! So, I’ve made a list of how the packing should be spilt. Hopefully this will help some of you as well.
Things Children should be able to pack for themselves (ages 3 and up)
- Underwear and socks
- The correct amount of outfits – you should give guidance on amount.
- Footwear. Try and encourage them to think about how many they will need, push them to imagine the weather they should expect. This should prevent the wellie boots coming to Spain with you!lol Equally if you are unsure of how the weather will be, having a British holiday perhaps, they may need to be prepared for all weathers!
- Things to amuse themselves with while travelling. Not screens! It will be your job to remember electronics. Try and encourage (but don’t give specific instructions) your child to think about something creative to do, that can be done in a confined space. Colouring books, reading books, small puzzles, dolls etc are all good ideas. Be sure that very noisy toys are avoided, as a courtesy to fellow passengers!
- Bible or bedtime devotional book. This will vary depending on age, but it’s important to teach your child to keep up regular quiet times on holiday.
Things only Mummy Will Remember
- Tablets, the medical kind! Children’s medicine, calpol etc.
- Teddies for bedtime. Our youngest 2 kids wouldn’t sleep without their bedtime teddies.
- Phone/tablets and their chargers
- Extra dummies, if used.
- Empty carrier bags. Keep in your hand luggage/changing bag or in an easy to reach pocket in the car. Trust me.
- Cosmetics, shampoos etc
- Plasters, antiseptic cream and any other first aid supplies you anticipate needing.
- Black out blind. The Gro Company Gro Anywhere Blackout Blind is a great one. A very wise investment as it can be used again on future holidays or sleepovers.
- A Travel baby gate, depending on the age of your little people and the accommodation you’ll be residing in. We bought a Lindam Flexiguard 7 years ago, and it’s been everywhere with us! It fits into a large suitcase because it folds down. We still use it in grandparents houses when there’s a sleepover.