My Family Holiday Travel Items And Essentials

Last year I wrote about how we managed to spend 10 nights in Spain for less than a grand, and this year we'll be doing the same. Only this time, it wont just be our family of 5, but there will be 11 of us. Our family, my sister and kids, and my parents. A whole family affair, abroad. 

When it comes to going abroad, I think there are a few items that are essentials to make sure you have the best time possible, on and off the plane. So, here is my list of summer holiday essentials for adults, for children, and for travelling too.

For the most delightful bikini, you could go for the Panache Jolee Padded Floral Bandeau Bikini Top and Side Tie Bikini Bottoms. Soak up the sun in this strapless Panache Bandeau Bikini which has a sophisticated black-based floral print. The top is designed with underwired padded cups for a secure and supportive fit, from a D to G cup, and comes with removable straps. To finish off this feminine look, the side tie bikini bottoms coordinate perfectly with adjustable side ties on the hips. Also available is a matching high-waist brief if you'd prefer them instead.

If a swimsuit is your thing, then the Halocline Ava Swimsuit in Midnight Blooms could be ideal as it has a longer length and a flattering plunge v-neckline. Also coming with a ruched front panel which looks gorgeous with the midnight blue floral print and smooths the figure. The adjustable straps help to create the perfect fit and it's made of control fabric which will make you feel comfortable and supported in and around the pool.

Comfortable footwear is always needed when abroad. But comfortable can be beautiful too. These Ted Baker Avelini Slider in the Magnificent Yellow colourway make the perfect beach sandals for spending time in the sun. Show off a bold poolside statement look, these slip on style sliders have a printed band and footbed with padding and a moulded footbed for comfort. 

To go with your beautiful swimwear, you need an equally gorgeous beach towel, and the Tesalate Cali Sunset beach towel is absolutely stunning, ideal for lounging on the beach. Tesalate beach towels are ultra compact, super absorbent, dry rapidly and are insatiably vibrant. Sand doesn't stick to them, even when wet, and they are ultra absorbent, taking in over 1 litre of water, whilst also rapid-drying, in half the time of a regular beach towel. It is so compact when rolled, that it easily fits into a handbag. 

Sun lotion is so important when travelling abroad, and at home too. SunSense Ultra SPF50+ is a light, smooth, easy-to-apply lotion for the whole family, providing SPF 50+, UVA and UVB protection with 4 hours water resistance. I contains moisturising Vitamin B3 to help improve the appearance of skin tone and texture as well as replenish dry skin and rapidly absorbs into the skin.

SunSense Sport Mist is a multi-directional spray for easy application if you prefer a spray to lotion, or need to cover the kids in it easily. This alcohol-based clear mist provides SPF 50 protection and 4 hours water resistance, and is suitable for acne-prone, oily skin or hairy areas of the body. It is formulated to feel cool and dry, and is sand resistant. And the SunSense Lip Balm helps protect, soothe and moisturise dry, chapped lips in all seasons, with added Vitamin E.

For hand luggage safe hair care, the Smooth & Shiny Jet Set from Philip Kingsley is perfect for carrying abroad, and will give your hair the nourishment it needs after being in the sun, and sea all day. Containing all you need to leave hair soft, shiny, smoother and more manageable. The combination of products reduce frizz and deeply condition hair, making styling easier and providing more control. Elasticizer Extreme is amazing for giving hair it's bounce back, and with the accompanying Re-Moisturising Shampoo and Re-Moisturising Conditioner, in the handy travel pouch, it makes an ideal hair care regime for taking abroad. 

And then you need something to carry everything in. Step forward the Mia Tui Eleanor in Mustard which is a super stylish handbag, that won't look out of place whatever the venue. This gorgeous summery bag has a detachable strap so you can wear it over your shoulder, or on the crook of your arm. The bag opens nice and wide to allow you to see all your items, and has tons of storage options inside to hold everything you might need. An insulated bottle holder, clips for your keys, phone & pen holder inside, with the added extra of having a matching clutch bag for when you just need the essentials. 

When travelling on the plane, I want to be as comfy as possible, and fitness gear helps me do just that. It's usually lightweight material which has been designed for comfort and the Sundried Piz Fora Women's Training Vest is just that. Part of the Eco Core range and is made responsibly from recycled plastic water bottles, it has sweat-wicking, mutli-way stretch, and temperature control as standard and is lightweight and breathable, as well as quick drying whilst also being very feminine in design and ultra stylish to wear. 

I'll be teaming this with the Infinity Blue cropped leggings which have been created with the highest quality, lightweight cotton and our designed for everyday wear. Naturally breathable, these thick, non-see-through leggings will keep you feeling comfortable on, and off, the plane.

Now, we might be going abroad, but that doesn't always guarantee great weather. I think it's always good to pack a jacket, just in case, and the Helly Hansen Odin Minimalist 2.0 Jacket, which is super light, packable and minimalist, is the perfect emergency jacket to keep in your backpack for unforeseen weather.

Packs tiny into the chest pocket, this jacket will take up hardly any space in your case, and using the Helly Tech Professional weather protection, it gives protection against wind and rain without compromising on breathability.

We all know that a healthy, balanced diet, lots of water and early nights is the best way to help our skin to continue to look fresh and at its best. Efamol Woman Pure Evening Primrose Oil contains oil from a specially cultivated evening primrose, the seeds of which contain up to 33% more Gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA) than other oils, to support beautifully smooth & nourished looking skin, to give a little help.

To protect your hair whilst you're in and out of the pool, Philip Kingsley Swimcap is there for you. It is water resistant to give hair maximum protection against discolouration and dryness from chlorine, salt water and UV damage, all while deeply hydrating the hair. This product is the perfect solution to extend the life of colour treated hair and stop blonde locks turning green. You can also get the After-Sun Scalp Mask which is cooling and soothing, immediately hydrates and conditions the scalp. This calming scalp mask is ideal for soothing sun-burnt scalps and sensitive skin as it provides immediate and long-lasting comfort. Infused with Chamomile Extract and high levels of hydrating Aloe Vera, this treatment can also be used on dry scalps all year round to keep the scalp healthy and hydrated.

And whilst you are away, you don't want to be running out of charge when the perfect photo op arises, so the Ventura Portable Power PB60 from Snooper is the perfect suitcase accessory. With a 10,400 mAh power capacity, this lightweight power pack easily fits into any case, this has a strong power output of 1.5A allows you charge to a device quickly and efficiently, which can be crucial in an emergency.

The Go Splash Swim Vest from Splash About, is a fun, practical introductory learn-to-swim aid for children who are aged between 12 months and 6 years. Ideal for helping toddlers gain confidence in the water as well as enabling older children to perfect their skills as they learn-to-swim independently, and it comes in beautiful designs, as does everything from Splash About. The swim vest is ideal for travel as it packs slim and compact, but has been designed to be robust and deliver the levels of buoyancy required to provide a safe, learn-to-swim experience for children.

Although do note that the Go Splash Swim Vest is a learn-to-swim aid and not a life jacket. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst using this product, in or around the water.

The Noah's Ark Go Splash Swim Vest looks so cute alongside the Blue Lion Fish Board Shorts, which are perfect for the pool, beach or for running around in the garden. The super soft material is comfy to wear, and can be mixed and matched with various other pieces from the Splash About range.

And when your child is in the pool, protect their eyes with the Speedo Junior Futura Plus goggles. These goggles are comfortable, easy to adjust and they look great in a variety of different colours. They have a UV filter to protect the eyes from the sun and the anti-fog coating will give clear vision in the water too. 

Being in the sun all day can dry out the skin, so using Aveeno Baby Daily Care Baby Gentle Wash on children is an ideal way to give back some moisture. This soap-free formula gently cleanses leaving skin feeling moisturised. It is free from parabens, dyes, soap and alcohol and is formulated to minimise the risk of allergies, using colloidal oatmeal. And for when you're out and about, Baby Daily Care Baby Wipes leaves sensitive skin hydrated and protected. With oat & aloe extract, they gently cleanse skin, preventing redness and leaving skin clean.

To protect little ones skin, the Organic Children scent free sun lotion from Green People offers 97% UVB protection (the rays that cause burning), high protection against UVA and UVB rays. This easy-to-apply formula is suitable for sensitive skin & prickly heat, and the plant-based packaging is fully recyclable. The lotion is soothing, easy to rub in and non-greasy whilst being water repellent but non pore-clogging.

For J, who has the curliest hair, we try not to use too many hair products, so the Johnson's No More Tangle Kids Conditioner Spray ideal to get rid of any tangles without weighing his hair down. Hypoallergenic and ph balanced, it has been dermatologist-tested and is free from dyes, parabens, phthalates, sulphates, and soap. And the no more tears formula is as gentle to the eyes as pure water. Even J's curly hair is easy to comb after using this. 

If you're prone to mozzies and biting insects putting a dampener on things when you’re outside, make sure you’re armed with Zap-It! A small handheld piezo device, it generates a harmless (no stronger than a gentle pinch) low, electrical impulse when ‘clicked’ against a bite. These ‘zaps’, created by crystals, work to reduce histamine flow and stimulate capillaries into flushing out toxins, thereby stopping the urge to itch and scratch. Zap-It! can be used on up to 1,000 bites and is available in different colours from selected health stores, pharmacies, garden centres, Asda, Lloyds Pharmacy and Superdrug.

When on the plane, kids can become bored with being sat in the same place too long. Keep them occupied with My Busy Bots which are award winning busy bags containing fun, educational activities that will encourage learning through play. The bags are designed to engage your little ones and keep them having fun, learning and occupied. An excellent resource for all parents that can be used at home or on the go.

With different games to suit all ages, Wild Wanderings is for 18 month to 4 years and is ideal for children who love animals. For 5-8 years, Ellies equal provides a strong foundation in Maths, and for slightly older children at 6-10 years, Puzzled shapes helps children learn their geometric shapes and colours, along with developing stronger problem solving skills.

The most worrying thing about going abroad though, is leaving the home empty. The Neos SmartCam is a camera that can be linked to your phone and activated and controlled easily through the app, allowing 24/7 access to everything going on at home, whilst you are abroad. Works with Alexa, on an Echo dot, Echo Show or Fire Stick connected to your TV, this camera is 1080p Full HD with Live Stream and 8X Digital Zoom. 

Motion Tagging technology detects and outlines motion in live stream and playback video modes, making it easy for you to see what your SmartCam captured. And when motion or noise is detected a 12 second video clip is stored for 14 days for free and secured in a AWS Cloud via an end-to-end encryption. It means that you can go on holiday without worrying about leaving your home. And if anything does happen, your phone will ping with a notification to let you know. 


  1. Great post and advice too. I love the Panache bikini. It looks great on you. Being an F/G cup myself, it's lovely to see pretty bikinis available. Have a great time all of you and with 11 of you going, don't do a "home alone" moment x

  2. Loving your style - I always forget something

  3. What a great selection. Hopd you all have a wonderful time away

  4. Really useful - thank you

  5. Brilliant advice here!! Xx

  6. Great items and really great tips x

  7. Some great tips, I love the Busy Bots.

  8. Brilliant advice thanks x

  9. Brilliant advice, thank you

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