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Holiday with kids

Packing to go on holiday is no longer as easy as throwing a few t-shirts and a pair of swimming trunks in at the last minute. It can help to create a list in the weeks leading up to your departure date, to ensure that you don’t forget anything. We’ve put together some ideas to help you with your packing.

Essential Items

  • Sunscreen and hats for everyone

  • Stroller

  • Lots of nappies, wipes, washcloths and disposable change mats

  • Baby’s favourite toys, books and blanket

  • Extra dummy

  • Formula, food and water

  • Camera and video camera

Basic First Aid Kit

There are some great first-aid kits available at retail pharmacies for the home and special travel versions. You can buy one or put your own together with the following suggested items:

  • Band Aids

  • SPF 30+ high protection sun screen (although in high summer you can go as high as 50+)

  • Calamine lotion for itchy bites as well as sunburn

  • Antiseptic cream or spray

  • Children’s Paracetamol

  • Thermometer

  • Insect repellent

Toys, books and other vital distractions

A good supply of toys and books will make the journey to and from your holiday destination a lot easier. Take a mix of toys they love and a good stash of new surprises. These don’t need to be expensive. Things you may like to pack into the toy bag are:

  • Favourite soft toy - hopefully it’s big enough to double as a pillow too

  • Stacking blocks for the little ones and Legos for the older kids; it’s not a disaster if you lose a few

  • Hand puppets – you can use these to create stories

  • Drawing and colouring supplies; washable markers and twist-top crayons are handy; plain paper and a colouring-in book

  • Reusable stickers and sticker book

  • Favourite books and a few new ones

  • Hand-held video games

  • Snap cards

  • Magnetic travel games for the older kids

  • Record their favourite music or story CDs onto your iPod or MP3 player and let them listen to music and stories

  • Small size doll or action figure

  • Small tub of play dough

  • Books with jigsaw puzzles inside them

For more information see Travel with kids or Parenting.