Medical information that may be useful
- If your child has a medical condition you can get an identity bracelet which includes details of their condition and treatment including their G.P’s name and address. See http://www.medicalert.org.uk/
- If your child has an allergy you can also get cards which can be produced in 27 different languages http://www.allergyuk.org/
- Travel insurance- personally I think this is a must when travelling with children, use comparison sites such as http://www.moneysupermarket.com/travel-insurance/
- Before you travel visit your doctor and check whether your family requires any vaccinations. See the nhs travel information for advice http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/TravelHealth/Pages/Travelhealthhome.aspx
- Latest travel information regarding the country you are travelling to can be found on http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/ and http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/
- Baby sling or carrier – this can be useful to enable you to have your hands free to carry hand luggage and hold other children’s hands. For smaller baby’s it can be useful to use for trips to the market or crowded places.
- A lightweight pushchair or pram -so it’s easy to transport your little one using a uv protection cover to protect them from the sun. The push chair is a god send and lets your little ones have the rest they need during the long hot days. They will let you keep the pushchair until you board the plane too.
Travelling by plane
- Karvol decongestant- put a few drops on a tissue and fix to the tray on the back of the seat during take off and landing. Can be used for babies from 3 months old.
- Breastfeed or bottle feed your baby during take off or landing or give children something to suck on.
- Put a nappy inside a nappy bag so that it’s easily accessible when u need to change.
- Keep nappies and changing essentials together in a small zipped bag inside your changing bag.
- Take a small colouring book and coloured pencils for older children and activities to keep them entertained such as a games console or iPad.
- Blanket- home comfort and incase they get chilly on the plane or on route to and from the airport.
- Pillow- travel pillow depending on how much room you have.
- Pack a paddling pool- for babies and toddlers it’s ideal to take a paddling pool to keep them cool and sit beside the sunbed or take to the beach! They’ll enjoy hours of fun. (£3 from Asda)
- Bath toys- a few bath toys to keep them entertained round the pool and make it home from home at bath time.
- Pack mini crayons and a colouring book with activities you can complete together like ‘spot the difference.
- A character dress or costume to help them fit in at the mini disco or feel extra special one evening
- A furry friend or toy
- Arm bands
- Purchase an inflatable at resort if needed for round the pool
Children and baby essentials
- Uv protective swimsuits with swim hat for ultimate protection for our little ones- I love these for little ones keeps them cool and gives you extra reassurance that their sensitive skin is protected from the hot sun.
- Factor 50 sun tan lotion for children as this is often water resistant however reapply after every swim visit http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/skin/pages/sunsafe.aspx for advice on sun protection
- After sun with insect repellent
- Sunglasses to protect their precious eyes
- Sun hats- you can never have enough of these in case one goes astray.
- Drinking cup- this may not be necessary for older children but for older babies it’s a must. Pack a spare in case u leave one behind at the dinner table.
- Baby Wipes- fab for all neccessities especially for wiping sand off our darlings at the beach.
- Nappies- count approx how many you will need for each day but don’t worry you can always buy extra when your away unless you are backpacking or stuck on a desert island somewhere.
- Swimming nappies- a fabric swim nappy might save room in the suit case and can be washed out and used again.
- Baby Piriton- incase of an allergic reaction however if u prefer a local pharmacy will always provide this. Please see http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/TravelHealth/Pages/Travelhealthhome.aspx for all medical advice.
- Calamine cream- great for heat rash or mild sunburn
- Light weight Pushchair- of course this is a must if u have a small child.
- Uv protective buggy cover- These are amazing and save you the total nightmare of trying to re-angle a parasol every time you turn a corner! I can recommend A Koo-di cover Sold at mothercare http://www.mothercare.com/Koo-di-Pack-It-Sun-and-Sleep-Stroller-Cover—Black/525086,default,pd.html
- Camera to capture the memories.
This is a working progress please feel free to email any advice or tips and I will reference your name thank you!
The purpose of this site is to share views and personal experiences please use your own judgement when making decisions for your child or seek advice from a professional