10 travel must haves

Holidays. We all love holidays don’t we. Live for them perhaps? Holidays when you have children though are totally different. Sometimes you can feel like you need a holiday to recover from the holiday if you know what I mean.

trunki travels

Anyway, the packing for a family holiday can be enough to produce a few grey hairs in parents and send you into the paranoia phase, where you repack the bags several times over, or end up with lists of lists. Even the most organised of us is capable of a packing meltdown. Sound familiar?

Now in terms of what to pack I could tell you:

  • Don’t forget the Calpol
  • Don’t leave without the baby carrier
  • Question if you really need the pushchair
  • If you are off skiing pack layers for everyone, not loads of bulky fleeces
  • Always take some of that hand washing soapy stuff
  • Take basic first aid kit that includes steri strips
  • Pack bucket loads of snacks
  • Think about whether you need the baby monitor

and on and on and on…but there are tons of people reminding you about these things, and in reality my top must have travel products alter depending on where we are going and what age and stage the children are at the time. You know best and my advice would be to think through what you will be doing and pack for that purpose.

The things that don’t change too much and those things I consider to be my top 10 travel must haves are a bit different.



Don’t leave home for a holiday without this, and I am not just talking about the children, us grown ups should be excited too – it’s holiday time for goodness sake!

A sense of humour


This is essential when holidaying with children. Don’t take things too seriously. There WILL be difficult moments, stressful even but don’t let them ruin the holiday – laugh them off and embrace the moment.


sibling love

Holiday time can be a great time to reflect on just how lucky we are to have each other, to have this time together. Love hard. Show the special people in your life how much you love them and they will feed off that.

Memory preservers


Cameras, phones, video cameras, tablets – whatever it is you use, pack them, pack the chargers and record those memories. Also remember not to be behind the camera the whole time, otherwise in 10 years time your children will be looking at the photos asking where you were!


father and son

This should be an easy pack as we need this all the time as parents but don’t forget it, holiday times can mean relaxed rules and routines but if you are doing something new or different you will need plenty of patience, and that’s not just with the children if you know what I mean?

Sense of adventure


I tell my children we can never leave home without this. Holidays are adventures and about trying new things and seeing new things. Teach everyone to embrace these moments.



It’s a holiday but that doesn’t mean there won’t be bad behaviour or mistakes along the way. Forgive quickly and move on because you don’t want it to ruin the time. Holidays are short.

An open mind


You will see different things, hear different things, possibly have to do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Be open to new experiences, these help us grow and shape our characters.

The eyes for the back of your head

messy play

A must have for a holiday with children to avoid little Jonny ending up in the lake, little Jessy face first in the Paella, or little Jude skiing off with the wrong ski school – but you’re a parent, so you’ve got it covered!

Every family member

family skiing holiday

Sounds daft right? We have all seen Home Alone though! No one wants to leave Kevin behind again, so however silly you think you sound do the head count and then do it again. I do it just for the school run, so you can imagine how many times I do it on holiday!


This is my entry into the #MarkWarnerMum Family Ambassador Programme.


  1. looks like you had lots of fun 🙂 i really want to get my 2 girls trunkis for when we go to cornwall in May

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  2. amazing photos- I love the black and white ones -they always look extra special in B&W .looks like a great time was had by all

  3. A sense of adventure is very important as holidays certainly are such a good time to try out new things.

  4. I would say take the stroller. We travel quite a bit with the kids and I can’t imagine being without the stroller. We have a nice umbrella fold one and it’s very useful.

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  5. Patience and an open mind are definitely key, especially the latter. Travelling is all about broadening the horizons – if we can’t go on holiday with an open mind, then what’s the point? We might as well stay at home!

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  7. Spme great ideas..looks like you had a fab day. Have taken notes for my next day put with the grandkids lol.

  8. Great blog, this will come in handy as I have 3 children under 5. You have a gorgeous family by the way, you must be very proud.

  9. What lovely pictures :-). You are so brave taking all the kiddies on holiday, we have done but only to a caravan park as I dont think I can brave a plane yet! Takes me about a week to pack for a holiday for all of us lol

  10. You can get some really good pocket games for familys to take on trips that don’t take much space up in suitcases , always prepare if the weather is bad and your forced to stay indoors you don’t want bored children lol

  11. I love your ideas; and I think that we need to have an easy going nature with children and be good listeners.

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