We have been talking in our household for what feels like aaaages about getting away on holiday with our boys. I’ve written about it on more than one occasion on my blog, musing over locations and reminiscing over trips I’ve already taken. As my social media followers will know, we have booked to go camping in Cornwall and Devon during the summer, but later in the year we are hoping to go further afield.
One reason for this is to take the boys on a plane. They are desperate to experience this, and quite honestly thumbing open my passport at border control feels like a real break to me too. Somewhere that both my mind and body are on holiday, to-do list left firmly pinned to the kitchen notice board and mobile ‘phone largely turned off. Whilst the destination has yet to be decided and will be mostly determined by a somewhat tight budget, I am already turning my attention to the organising stages.
Any of you who know me personally know that I love a to-do list. I am regularly to be found with a highlighter pen or two nearby, a post-it note pad is almost always in my bag and I love a little side of colour coding too…! So when it comes to thinking through what we will need for our adventure abroad I am in my element! Now, I would start with the following, but not really being an old hand at travelling anywhere with the children without our beast of a car I have asked some of my fellow bloggers for their ideas too.
1. A suitcase. Ok, I know that seems really obvious but a suitcase rather than a holdall is so much easier to organise things into and see everything at a glance. Ours has several small pockets too which massively appeals to my need for order! We only have one really decent one though so I may need to purchase a second…
2. Passports. Again, these seem obvious but mine runs out this summer and the boys don’t yet have them so these definitely need to be on the list to sort out. I don’t want to be rushing to the passport office in person at the eleventh hour.
3. Insurance. This used to be straight forward but with my CFS playing up big time I need to make sure that I find someone who will actually cover me to travel. These guys look good so they are top of my list to call.
4. Entertainment. I’m certain that the trusty iPad will emerge during our travels, but I am going to look into other options too. I love creating little travel packs for my boys and have heard of the idea of wrapping small gifts too to give them at regular intervals which seems lovely. I am most concerned about the flights, especially as our eldest never seems to sleep anywhere other than in a bed so I need to be prepared!
5. Portable potty. My boys are way past the potty training stage, but I confess that our portable potty still travels with us. You just never know when they might suddenly need to go and driving for miles in a foreign country looking for a public toilet with a child desperate for a wee is not my idea of fun!
Over to my fellow bloggers with their top tips…
Give them their own disposable camera, it’s always fun to see what they see!
Entertainment and snacks for the kids are necessities for making sure travel goes smoothly! Sticker books and a new toy always goes down a treat!
I have 3 water babies so always take spare goggles (as they are often expensive/ rubbish abroad) and putty ear plugs so that they can still swim if they get an ear infection! Simple things!
One of the things that we need to organise before our holidays is our dog’s holidays! We usually leave him with the lady who is a professional breeder but if she’s not available then we look into dog sitters and dog boarding kennels.
We usually let them take a few home comforts such as a teddy/blanket/pillow so they find it easy to sleep away from home.
I always take baby/toddler cutlery with me everywhere because so often I find the places we eat never have any!
Your house. When you return from your holiday with all your bags and washing etc, it’s awful to turn up to a messy house! Having a quick tidy up before you leave can make all the difference when you get back!
Sachets of Calpol and Ibuprofen and plasters in a freezer bag – so easy to pack as they are tiny and fit in a handbag/ beachbag. There’s nothing worse than needing essentials you have in abundance at home and having to go and find a pharmacy.
Check their clothes fit them, especially if it’s been a while since they wore their summer clothes and shoes, swimsuits, goggles and so on. Better to check in advance and buy anything you need than have to try to find it last minute or whilst away.
And Claire from Our Mummy Life kindly shared a post that she’s written on this subject with me:
Thank you to everyone who helped. I really am excited to be putting this list together and sorting out our first foreign family holiday!
What have I missed? What is on your to-do list to organise before you travel abroad? Let me know in the comments below!
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