Schools are back and holiday prices plummet, so parents of toddlers and babies get packing – it’s your turn!

So many people who have pre-school children take their holidays in September, and you can totally see why. No big kids anywhere not to mention the difference in what you’ll pay.

If your house is anything like mine, the packing of pretty much everything is left to just one person. Three guesses who that is? Combined with the fact you’re potentially also the one doing the majority of childcare, this can lead to a stressful few days (or weeks if you’re that way inclined) to get ready for a holiday.

Whilst the Other Half has the tricky task of packing a few pairs of pants and a phone charger, it’s me who has to pack all the essentials for a toddler and baby twins. And if there’s time remember to chuck in my straighteners for myself. (Actually who am I trying to kid, I don’t have time to straighten my hair these days!)

So when you’ve only got an hour of child-free time to shove pretty much everything you own into a few bags, what you need is a packing list. I have a random one on my phone I’ve put together, and a friend suggested I should share it on my blog, so feel free to save the link ready for your next trip.  

I’ve packed my last four holidays from this list, so these days I literally don’t even think about what I’m doing. If it’s on the list, it’s going in

Obviously I adapt it to what time of year we’re going, and if you’re going abroad you might need to be packing different stuff than what you’d need in the UK. My list is generally for a self-catering break in the UK (I’ve not been brave enough to take a toddler and baby twins abroad yet!)  So you basically have to pack up your entire house. But it’s tried, tested and not failed me yet. Famous last words.

I’ve added in a few extra bits for girls which aren’t usually on my list. I generally don’t put my three boys in tights or skirts…

TODDLER/PRE-SCHOOLER CLOTHES:

Hoodies

Long sleeved tops

T.shirts

Jumpers

Trousers

Shorts

Dresses

Skirts

Socks

Tights

Pyjamas

Shoes

Wellies

Sandals

Coat

Puddle suit

Body warmer

Hat

BABY CLOTHES:

Shortsleeved vests

Longsleeved vests

T.shirts

Long sleeved tops

Jumpers

Hoodies

Dresses

Skirts

Babygrows

Socks

Tights

Shoes

Coat

Hat

Snowsuit

EXTRAS FOR TODDLERS AND PRE-SCHOOLERS:

Toiletries

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Moisturiser

Bubble bath

Shampoo

Sponges

Bath wash

Bath toys

Bath towels

Toys

Books

Comforter or teddy

Monitor

Brush

Thermometer

Swimming costume

Swimming towels

Goggles

Sun cream

Inflatable ring

Plastic cups

Plastic plates/cutlery

Lunchbox

Bucket/spade

Scooter

Helmet

Bike

First aid kit

 

EXTRAS FOR BABIES:

Nappies

Wipes

Nappy bags

Bottles

Steriliser

Sterilising tablets

Formula

Comforter

Muslins

Dummies

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Calpol

Travel cot

Sheets

Sleeping bags plus extras

Blankets

Carrier or sling

Teething remedies

Swimming costume

Swimming towel

Swim nappies

Dribble bibs

Food bibs

Coverall bibs

Some bits are only on one list but can obviously be doubled up. I mean, how many first aid kits do you need? And depending on where you’re staying, it’s always useful to take things such as teabags, coffee, sweeteners, dishwasher tablets or washing powder as you never know what is going to be left in any kind of welcome pack.

But remember THE MOST important thing to think about packing for a holiday with young children is ALCOHOL. And the fact whatever car you have, you’ll need a bigger one.

Happy Holiday!

What have I missed? Let me know your tips for packing – I need all the help I can get!

If you want to read some of my travel features, have a look here. There’s plenty to choose from: Bluestone, Butlin’s, Isle of WightCamping with babies and a toddler, or if you fancy a giggle read Five ways a holiday is never the same after kids 

 

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