Top tips for packing children’s suitcases
Start early with a list: you’re less likely to forget that all-important favourite toy or comforter and you won’t end up with too many tops and not enough bottoms. And no, they can’t bring all their best toys! List all your holiday activities, be it going to the beach or sightseeing, to cover all eventualities. Check out our holiday shop it’s a one-stop shop for all their holiday essentials.
Unless you’re using your hotel laundry service make sure to take underwear and tops for each day you’re away. Remember, babies and toddlers will need more. Divide clothes for younger children into outfits and pack them together: this will make things easier when it comes to getting ready in the morning. Also bear in mind when you’re arriving at your hotel. If it’s in the middle of the day then pack swimwear and towels where they’re easily accessible, so you can head straight for the beach. If it’s the evening, make sure kids’ pyjamas are at the top to avoid any late night panics.
Mix and match
For older children who want to put their own outfits together, look for mix-and-match separates that can be layered for the beach, day trips or evenings. For example, a versatile hoodie could be a better option than a bulky jacket; it’s a great top layer for the mornings or evenings and kids can wear it on the plane so it’ll save space.
Choose cool natural fabrics in bold colours if you’re expecting hot weather; this will keep kids feeling comfortable and looking relaxed. A graphic T-shirt or playsuit are ideal choices. Look out for lightweight fabrics; they won’t add bulk and they’ll keep kids cool. These board shorts are sporty and laid back. As a back-up bring some detergent as you know perfectly well they’ll still want to wear their favourite top - for the fourth day running!
If you’re heading to a hotel in the sun then the kids will be spending most of the time by the pool or on the beach, so pack a couple of swimsuits or shorts. A tankini is a great choice for older girls who don’t want a one piece - some of our styles go up to age 14 - or go for a sporty style one-piece that's fun without being overly girlie. You might also consider a cover up. They’re easier than messing around with towels and they’ll keep young swimmers warm if they’re sitting around with wet hair. A sun pro suit is an ideal choice for babies and toddlers as they offer extra protection from the sun and they save you having to constantly reapply sun cream. Choose a fisherman's style hat to protect the face and neck.
Flip flops or jelly sandals are ideal for everyday wear. These slide slippers from Speedo are a quick and easy option. They’ll double as shower sandals and won’t take up too much room in a suitcase. You’ll also need to consider something sturdier for excursions.
Chances are you may want to have a couple of meals out when away. A checked shirt and chinos are ideal for boys as the shirt can be layered over a T-shirt for excursions and the chinos worn again for day trips. Choose a cotton dress for girls that won’t take up too much room in her suitcase. You can’t go wrong with this cheerful tea dress.
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