Five children’s summer holiday essentials

June 30, 2016

We are recently back from our holiday (which seems like a million years away, in the way that it always does. I keep meaning to write about it but life keeps getting in the way). But here’s a couple of the really useful things we took away with us:

Five essnetial summer holiday items

Summer-themed books: For keeping them entertained on the journey and also a distraction to get them out of the sun. You can’t go wrong with a good old Miffy holiday special (there’s also a Topsy and Tim holiday book, of course, because there’s a Topsy and Tim for every occasion).

Sunglasses: We were sent these children’s sunglasses from SmartBuyGlasses – it’s a discounted site for big brand named sun and prescription lenses. There’s a huge range of brands and types, but we went for these pairs from Polaroid and Nike because they’re colourful and fun – and match their water bottle – and also because the lenses offer proper protection that your average cheap pair probably wont…

Children's sunglasses

The glasses are sent from Hong Kong but arrive within a couple of days if you pick the fast shipping option. The site is a great place to get glasses if you know exactly the pair you want what you want or have tried them first (sadly they also sent me a pair of Rayban Clubmasters that I love, but are completely the wrong shape for my face, so nothing really beats trying them on first).

Suncream: We use the Organic Children one from Green People (I use this too) and sunhats: We bought Florence a straw fedora from H&M as it matches one her dad has, so thought she might be really into the twinning aspect (hmm – jury’s still out on that one).

Headphones: plus iPad for journeys

Children's striped tshirt

Summer stripes: Stripes are good in all seasons, right? I bought this summery version for Eliza from Zara Kids (also a good sun cover-up). The Zara Kid’s t-shirts actually come up quite big so I’m regretting not getting one for me…what are your summer essentials for children?

More posts: the horrors of packing for two children and the mother law (why we’re always late).

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