The summer vacation period will soon be upon us, and whether you are planning on a week or two away at a faraway resort or a few daytrips out to the beach, one thing is for sure. When you have kids, it is never as simple as just throwing a few essentials into a bag and heading out the door.
Here’s my survival guide to the must-haves when traveling out for some fun in the sun this summer.
Be prepared for the fact that nobody is likely to fit into last year’s swimsuits. That applies to the adults, too, so take a look at JD Williams swimwear range to find something fitting and fashionable for yourself, as well as dealing with everyone else!
Remember to pack some appropriate cover up clothes as well, for when the sun gets a little much or for those occasions when you want to leave the beach, and sit in the shade for a cool drink and a bite to eat.
Don’t forget the hats!
What is the one item of clothing that everyone forgets? Hats! Make sure there is a summer hat packed for everyone, and pack a couple of spares too, for that moment when one of them goes disappearing off across the ocean.
The sunscreen is a given, but of course, nothing ever goes to plan. Make sure you are well equipped with after sun and some good moisturizers for all the family. You just know that someone will overdo it.
If this is baby’s first vacation, he or she will need all his usual equipment. You would be amazed how many new Moms and Dads head off on vacation only to have to make their first stop within minutes to buy a pack of diapers……
When I was a kid, my Dad used to challenge everyone to see how many Volvos they could count on a long journey. Believe me, it won’t keep the kids amused any longer today than it did 20 years ago, so do everyone a favor and make sure they have games, ipads and so on. And if you are relying on the latter, ensure you have a charger and the facilities to use it.
One of the most astonishing things about parenthood is the amount of stuff that accumulates every minute of every hour of every day. Candy wrappers, soiled diapers, wet socks, half-eaten cakes – and all of them casually handed to you to deal with. Carry plenty of spare bags, and you will be ready for anything!