Little Miss Chloe is a fairly well traveled two year old. She has been to a few different countries and cities in her lifetime, including Chicago, Spain, Dubai and Thailand (the latter of which will remind me to never go long haul with a 14 month old ever again). But anyway, I digress. As a result of her travels, I thought it might be a good idea to see what she would recommend to take with you when you travel, whether at home or abroad.
Over to you Chloe…
Chloe we love you. But if we went by your travel essentials then we wouldn’t get very far, would we? And apparently we’d be wearing tights and jumpers at the beach?! So if you want to know what my top ten travel essentials are, then here they are and why I think that they are pretty essential to take.
Copies of Documents
I’ve gone all sensible on you. But having copies is so important in case of emergency. If you have a bag stolen or where you are staying gets broken into, then how would you get home without a passport? Having a copy is important to make the whole thing easier to sort out.
Aloe Vera Gel
Much less serious, but still important, is my beloved aloe vera gel. It is amazing for sunburn, especially if it has been left in the fridge all day. So cooling and fresh on your skin. If I’m in country where the aloe vera plant naturally grows, then I’ll pick myself some to use too.
Why wouldn’t you have travel insurance for when you go away? Just in case you miss a flight or something, of course (not speaking from experience or anything). Your holiday company could go bust or a flight get cancelled. You might break a leg on your skiing holiday or fall off a cliff. Travel insurance is important so it doesn’t end up costing you a lot.
If you’ve ever taken a flight with little ones, you’ll know that it can bother them if their ears need to pop. So sucking on a lolly can help them to do that. It also keeps them quiet for a few minutes. Winning in two ways.
How did I ever survive life without baby wipes? My two aren’t even in nappies anymore but I swear by them. Great for sticky hands, runny noses, cleaning seats at restaurants and wiping sand of ice lollies. Is there anything they can’t do?
Sunglasses, because, ya know, you want to look your best on the beach (or cover up the fact you have no eye makeup on). Plus, my prescription sunglasses actually do help me see. So pretty vital on all counts.
I’ve gone all sensible again. But this is so important. If you don’t have access to wifi but need to call the police, ambulance or fire brigade in a different country, who do you call? I only know 999 or 911 but that’s not very helpful in Greenland! Also, emergency family numbers is useful (though you’ll have them saved on your phone), as well as your banks number.
Spread Out Your Belongings
So not exactly a ‘thing,’ but rather, a piece of essential travel advice. Spreading out the backing is important, just in case any pieces of luggage go missing. Put some clothes for every family member in each case, and have a few essentials with you in hand luggage. Then, as the boy scouts will tell you, you’ll be prepared.
So many new revelations when you become a parent. Talcum powder is one of them. Sprinkle it on dry sandy hands or feet and the sand will just wipe off. Much easier than trying in any other way. Plus it doubles up as a dry shampoo. Amazeballs.
Small, Clear Plastic Bags
I have been to a few airports in my time, and let me tell you, they are not all as accommodating as London Gatwick. There are actually very few that provide the small, clear, zipped bags that you need for your hand luggage. So if you get to your hotel and bin the one your brought over, then you ould be in trouble. Always have a few with you. Works for carrying back wet beach clothes or soiled kids underwear too. Nice.
What are your top travel essentials? If you need a little bit of inspiration, then you could take a peek ay my travel essentials Pinterest board.
What are your top travel essentials? If you need a little bit of inspiration, then you could take a peek ay my travel essentials Pinterest board ↑
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