If, like me, you’re heading off for some winter sun (read: travelling to the other side of the world for a wedding) with your little one, you’ll be in the market for items to make your life as easy as possible, so you’re at least in with a chance of relaxing on holiday.Â A Trunki is the go-to luggage option for parents as it also serves as a ride-on toy/seat at the airport. Loving the latest Trunkisaurus design. Â£37.99, Alex & Alexa.
We featured Baffin Bags’ passport covers before, but the little elephants are so sweet they definitely deserve another mention. Â£5.25, Etsy.
Making your children carry their own stuff is also a good tip – they won’t complain if they have a cool rucksack. Loving the new Little Life designs – particularly the clown fish, Â£19.99. Also has a detachable parental rein – useful for mini airport runaways.
In flight, entertainment is all. For our 24-hour (if I keep saying it it’ll go away) flight I’m travelling armed with five activity books, an assortment of pocket money toys and an iPad. By far the best value sticker book was Richard Scarry’s Big Busy (Sterling, RRP Â£11.99), which comes with 900 (yes, really) stickers. I am invincible!
And giving them their own washbag is a good way to encourage kids to clean teeth and wash faces. And they don’t come much cooler than Farg & Form’s Clouds design. Expensive but indestructible.Â Â£29.95,Â Little Baby Company.
For long-haul flights a pillow is an essential – then your toddler can lie across seats in some semblance of a bed. Qatch toys,Â Â£25,Â are ideal. They are so soft and comforting and Alfie’s owl has become a take-everywhere friend as well.
I love my Sun-San sandals – this water-resistant Swimmer kids’ design is a brilliant retro alternative to the ubiquitous Crocs for paddling and rock pooling.Â Â£34.99, Licorice Laces.
Floatation aids are all too often bulky and uncomfortable for kids. Sevylor Puddle Jumpers are cute, comfy and buckle at the back, so can’t be wiggled out of. I’ll let you know how we get on with ours in the water! Â£14.99, Kidz Travel Shop.
No squinting here. Ensure your little traveller’s eyes are protected against nasty rays with a snazzy pair of shades like these red numbers fromÂ Polaroid, Â£20.