If your summer holiday is just around the corner, then like me, you are already thinking about the mammoth packing task you have at hand.
Packing for my husband and three children is quite a task, so this year I have decided to make things a little easier on myself and am encouraging the kids to pack for themselves, and while it may not be the wisest decision I have ever made, I think with a little help we might just manage it.
Firstly, I think giving the children their own suitcases is a good place to start. Something of their own, that they can take care of and pack themselves is a good life lesson - and one less thing for me to carry!
Suitcases for children are now widely available and those by ‘Picture Case’ are just perfect for younger kids. Combining a suitcase with a matching backpack in cute animal designs, kids love them and they stand out from the crowd. Just large enough to carry all the essential items, the suitcases are on trolley wheels so the children can pull them with ease, and the backpacks hold everything they need to entertain them on the plane – perfect.
I might be an overprotective mother, but I do not like my children to be out in the sun without a sunhat. Fortunately, there is a great selection of fashionable sunhats available and my children are quite happy to wear those from the ‘Toby Tiger’ collection. Lightweight cotton sunhats in a range of different colours and styles, they are easy to wash and can be worn day after day.
Sunglasses are another summer essential, and many manufacturers now cater for children. Zoobug have created a fun range of sunglasses for kids that are comfortable to wear and offer great eye protection. Suitable for toddlers right through to teenagers, these durable sunglasses are available in a great range of summer colours and cost less than you think.
Swimwear is another holiday essential, and if, like me, you are taking a later holiday this year you can take advantage of the summer sales that have already started.
‘WILD’ have created a great range of swimwear for kids that includes swimsuits for girls and swimming shorts for boys. All the items of children's clothing in their collection are all brightly coloured and fun to wear, and best of all, they are already on sale so it is a great time to stock up for our holidays.
Shorts, t-shirts, sandals and suntan lotion and we are ready to go – here’s to a great family holiday!