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…
Long sleeved tops
Long sleeved tops
EXTRAS FOR TODDLERS AND PRE-SCHOOLERS:
Comforter or teddy
First aid kit
EXTRAS FOR BABIES:
Sleeping bags plus extras
Carrier or sling
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.
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 Wight, Camping with babies and a toddler, or if you fancy a giggle read Five ways a holiday is never the same after kids