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A family holiday is a perfect time to spend time together without the stresses of everyday life. But the packing alone can almost make you want to cancel your plans and stay at home! But with a passion for travel and a little one in tow, I like to think I’ve become a master packer. First things first, as a mum on holiday, we not only have the daily mummy duties to take care of. We also become the navigators, and the onboard entertainment- it can be a lot- but simple packing hacks can make your life that little bit easier.
Packing cubes are an absolute lifesaver, and with families in the UK taking an average of 4 holidays a year they’ll soon become an essential part of your luggage. If we have an overnight stop, I’ll use one cube with overnight clothes that I can put in my bag. Yes, they really are that small, and use the rest of the cubes to organise our clothes into tops, bottoms, nightwear and underwear. Don’t forget to roll clothes instead of folding to avoid creases!
A holiday bag for me needs to be both practical and stylish- I’m not quite ready for a hiking rucksack just yet. I prefer an across the body style as it’s big enough for all the everyday essentials and still leaves my hands free for juggling my phone and my child! I tend to opt for ones with a flap or zip-top opening for easy access as well as security.
Battery free games
There’s nothing worse than being one hour into a long journey only to discover batteries for the device that was entertaining the children have died. To avoid the meltdown of child and adult opt for games that don’t require batteries- there are plenty around! We always take a pack of cards but have recently discovered some games that can be played solo.
A portable charger is a packing essential for us. Not only is this useful on the journey to keep tablets and phones charged but, on the days, out when our phone battery is dwindling because we’ve taken too many photos- although can you really take too many photos? We prefer a lightweight one we can take with us on day trips and one that can be charged overnight.
Swap your usual shampoo and shower gel for a solid shampoo and soap bar. Not only does this save space on packing and save the planet- but it also stops little ones from wasting it. Small bars can last at least two weeks for all the family, making them perfect for travelling.
Wherever your destination, or whatever you choose to pack, it’s the time spent with family that’s important.