Travel essentials to ensure the perfect family holiday

Top 10 travel essentials

Mark Warner Holidays have just launched the search for their latest Blogger Ambassador programme for 2017. They are asking for our Top 10 travel essential must haves. This has come at a perfect time for me as I have recently returned from a family holiday to Tenerife. Our essential items are still fresh in my mind!

I normally holiday with my partner and my 8 year old stepson, they both love travelling and exploring the area we are staying in. My stepson (Master Clack) is absolutely obsessed with swimming, I’m pretty sure he was a fish in a previous life! Swimming and exploring are always on our agenda and our essentials reflect that.

Before the (very light) tan fades I created a Pinterest board with links to my Top 10 travel must haves. My must haves are split into essentials you need whilst travelling there and then essential items you need once you arrive.

For travelling the essentials are:

Travel Wallet – needed to put the whole family’s travel documents together in one place, I have this exact wallet and the strap feels secure, it has plenty of space and I can walk around the airport when we have established ‘base camp’ for a bit of me time browsing the duty free goodies, feeling like it’s a clutch bag.

4 wheeled suitcase – these are a recent revelation to me! I have travelled quite a lot in my life but I have never experienced the joy and ease of using a 4 wheeled suitcase! Master Clack took two of these large suitcases through Birmingham Airport in January all by himself, makes getting you and all your luggage through the airports much easier when you can all pitch in because they’re so easy to use.

Packing List Free Printable – I like the organise (obsess) over my holiday plans before going. Google map walking the streets to see what’s around the hotel, printing out maps of things I want to see. A free printable packing list is always in my travel plans to ensure I don’t forget anything.

Whilst I’m there my essential items change and it becomes more about protection for the whole family!

While I’m there essentials:

Vodafone Euro Traveller – always sorted before I leave so I can stay in touch with home and Master Clack can stay in touch with his bio mum while we’re away. Uses all my existing data plan, I would definitely go over £21 in data charges if I didn’t use the Euro Traveller! #notanadjustgood

Character Swim Vest – an essential for Master Clack, I can’t get him out of the pool to reapply suncream as often as I would like so this swim vest stops him being burnt to a crisp! Plus he looks super cute in it!

My number one travel essential

Spray Suncream – I have tried both cream and spray suncreams and the spray is so much easier for quick rubdowns of the kids as they’re whizzing past you into the pool.

Comfortable Backpack – I recently became a donkey in Tenerife when I was loaded down with Master Clack and Mr Clack’s bits and bobs from sunglasses, baby wipes to spare suncream. Getting a backpack with comfortable straps can save your shoulders and back from breaking while you cart the family’s belongings around the nearest beach.

Comfy Trainers – A child seems to develop more energy on holiday so a pair of comfortable trainers is important for all the running around keeping up with them, from swimming to kids discos, walks around the town to hiking around the nearest water park. Comfortable shoes are an essential item, it always makes me suspicious when I see another Mum dolled up to the nines in 6 inch stilettos with a small child!

Digital Babysitter – Lets face it as exciting as holidays are, not all of the travelling parts are fun and attention-capturing! Your friendly digital babysitter can prove invaluable when stuck with an airport delay or a long flight. I joined Amazon Prime for £7.99 a month I can listen to music through the app on my phone while Master Clack watched TV programmes and films I’d downloaded onto my Fire Tablet before we left. See the don’t disturb me I’m travelling face below!

Digital babysitter

List of great hacks for holidays – I do a lot of research before going away to make the most of my time away. Ideas like taking a double fitted sheet to use as a sunbed on the sand are ingenious and it’s always worth looking up other peoples’ essential items before leaving in case they give you ideas.

My number 1 essential item

Ultimately none of these essentials would be needed without my gorgeous travel buddies who I would go anywhere and do anything with so my number one essential must have is my family and I don’t mind where I am, as long as I’m with them.


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