As it’s officially the summer holidays, AND the sun is shining (yay!), we thought it was the perfect time to start our new blog series full of tips and tricks to hopefully help summer with kids run smoothly.
First up, Amelia Cunningham on what to pack for a stress-free summer day out with the little ones...
Ok stress free. I may have lied a little. There is no guarantee that a family day out with the kids will be at all, completely, stress-free but here’s to hoping that it may come close! Summer is here, which means enjoying the great outdoors and all it has to offer is on most people’s agenda. But a family day out calls for a lot of prep and planning. And as a parent, you can never be too prepared.
So there might be a tantrum or two, or a light shower in what was supposed to be a rain-free day, but they are kids and this is the UK after all. Whether it be a day at the seaside, a theme park or even a trip to the zoo, creating memories with our babies and toddlers this summer is what it’s all about.
I have compiled some top tips to help you prepare for your family day out this summer and a list of everything you will need for (hopefully) a stress-free one!
How to prepare
- Plan your route on the GPS if you’re driving, but print out directions too just incase anything goes wrong with your GPS on the day.
- If you’re using public transport, try and print your tickets for travelling before you set off if you can. This will avoid delays or problems at the station on the day you’re travelling.
- If you’re going to a theme park or somewhere that has queues, investigate queue-jumps and book in advance to avoid long waits and agitated kids!
- Planning to eat out? Search for the best money-saving vouchers online or in newspapers before your day out, as restaurants can be costly! And also, try to pre-book.
- Depending on where you are headed, have a look to see if there’s a map of the venue which you can print out before you go. This will ensure that you’re familiar with where you’re going and what you would like to tick off throughout your day.
What to pack
- Lots of wipes and then an extra pack – for sticky messy hands and faces!
- Change of clothes. Accidents can happen, so be safe and pack a change of clothes for your little one as you just never know – especially if you’re heading for a day out that isn’t close to a town. Ensure the clothes are lightweight so you can easily roll them up in the bag.
- Blanket. Sunshine might be forecast but temperatures can suddenly drop, so make sure you have a couple of blankets with you as your child might also want it when they have a nap.
- Fleeces. If you’re in the UK then you’ll know that taking sunglasses and a hat as well as a fleece is completely normal. If it gets a bit chilly at least you’ll have a fleece for them to put on.
- Lots of nappies and extra nappy sacks for dirty nappies and any dirty clothes.
- Rain cover for pram or back carrier.
- Snacks, snacks and more snacks!
- Small to medium sized tupperware boxes which you can fill with all of their favourite snacks.
- A couple of beakers with non-spill lids for water.
- Toddler friendly cutlery, as not all restaurants offer this.
Mia & Ben Tip
Our organic fruit and vegetable pouches are kept in the fridge and are fine for up to six hours out of the fridge, which means they’re a super easy option to take with you as a snack, or can be popped in your cool bag if you are going to be out even longer!
Loading the car! Don’t forget…
- Large picnic blanket.
- Cool bag to keep all the food, snacks and drinks fresh.
- Plenty of water bottles – opt for large ones so you never run out.
- High-factor sun cream.
- Insect repellent.
And finally… Mum & Dad stuff
- Power bank and cable – for emergencies of course, and having your phone charged and at the ready so you don’t miss capturing your family day out in action!
- Makeup bag with a few necessities for a quick (and I mean very quick) freshen up!
- Anti-bacterial gel/wipes.
- First aid items – plasters, Calpol sachets, antiseptic cream/wipes.
- Spare change for parking and extra snacks.
We know days out with kids definitely don’t always go to plan, but we hope Amelia’s tips can help!
Keep an eye on the blog over the coming weeks because we’ll be posting more useful tips and tricks throughout the summer holidays, to make your life easier both at home and on the go.