Packing a suitcase for a spot of summer sun isn’t on everyone’s top list of fun things to do – it’s chaotic enough co-ordinating your outfits, deciding whether you’ll actually need that extra pair of shoes, and oh, the Will I, Wont I need that cardi for when it gets cooler?
Throw in the task of packing essentials for your little sun-seeker and you’ve got a challenge on your hands. Being organised is the best way to ensure a relaxing holiday. So we’ve taken some of the hard work out of organising a trip away with baby, leaving you to look forward to enjoying your break.
Babies temperatures need to be controlled, a lightweight sleeping bag is highly recommended for warmer climates. Consider a 1 tog or 0.5 tog to keep little sleepers comfortable.
Invest in a lightweight, ease of use travel cot to keep your child snug no matter where they decide to drift off. The Baby Dan Travel Cot is lightweight and comes complete with mattress and bumper rails for added safety.
If the hotel/apartments are providing a travel cot, pack a fitted sheet with you. Many hotels often use a bigger sheet around the mattress, which can lead to baby wrapping itself in the sheet.
The Black out Blind is a fantastic product for any family taking a sunny day’s road trip. For summer mornings in bed when the sun’s streaming in, the Magic Black Out Blind comes nicely in handy for a few hours extra kip!
Out and About
In the summer heat, keep babies and young children fully clothed – ensure they wear a hat and sun protection clothing.
All exposed areas need to be covered in sun cream minimum 50+. And don’t forget little tootsies – Baby Beach Shoes come with built in UV protection to avoid crispy toes!
For dips in the pool with Mum and Dad, Monkey Swimmers are perfect for toddlers who like to take a splash, without leaving you feeling unnerved about them being in the water. Kai Rooney took his Swim Fin abroad recently… no more uncomfortable armbands rubbing against your little ones’ ears!
The hood on most prams is not sufficient to keep the sun fully off the baby, so don’t leave home without a Sunshade to protect from 99% of the sun’s harmful rays.
Don’t bank on being able to get your usual baby food abroad. Pack enough for the entire trip. Considering the restrictions on weight allowances (without restricting your shoe collection!), sachets of pre-measured formula work well, cartons of pre-made food for flights are really convenient too.
A Totseat will come in handy for al fresco dining, keeping baby upright and safe. Its easily portable, versatile and can be used on a variety of chairs when a highchair isn’t available.