April 03, 2017

Our Family Day Out Essentials


With the school holidays approaching, my mind has been turned to the possibilities for upcoming family days out, and in turn, our essentials for such outings. The basics you bring for any trip will vary from family to family, however the items listed below are things I try to never leave without when it comes to exploring as a family.

WATER BOTTLES + SNACKS
With a day full of adventuring and activity, staying hydrated and refuelling frequently is important for all ages. Children eat a lot, at least my 3 year old does, and I rarely go anywhere without snacks on hand - a cranky toddler, or adult for that matter, doesn't exactly spark fun on a family day out. No matter how much you plan, you never know when your next food or beverage stop may be.

SPARE CLOTHES FOR ALEXANDER + WIPES
To be honest, on the whole, Alexander isn't that messy of child and very rarely do we have to use a spare change of clothes, however it is always handy to have an extra set of clothes. Along with spare clothes, wet wipes are an essential too. Sticky hands, snotty noses, accidents of the toilet kind... There are many occasions when wet wipes come in handy.

RAINCOATS
Living in the UK, weather can be pretty unpredictable, and for that reason we have raincoats on hand all year round. Alexander and I actually each have a pac-a-mac raincoat that we keep in our backpacks as that way it's one less thing to think about.

MINI MEDICAL PACK
Speaking of my backpack, I also keep a small packing cube in there that carries a number of medical items as well as some miscellaneous items also - plasters, hand sanitiser, pain medication, throat lozenges, lip balm, a packet of tissues, deodorant etc.

FOLD UP TOILET SEAT
Alexander is toilet trained, and a portable toilet seat is an essential when it comes to using public toilets.

CASH/CHANGE
We aren't drivers in our household, and so we need cash for the use of public transport, however I often forget about having cash for when I'm out and about, but something I try to always do now. Whilst card transactions, and even contactless payment, are available in most places now, you never know when a machine may be down or it just may not be available at a particular facility. Also... Bringing the exact change for your bus journey is all well and good, until you lose your bus ticket...

CAMERA
Not only do I love to capture nature and all that is around me, but I also capture a lot of treasured family moments in both picture and video format.

WHAT ARE YOUR ESSENTIALS WHEN PLANNING A DAY OUT?


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14 comments

  1. ...nice collection of feet.

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  2. Good rundown of essentials. Mine are very similar with wipes being the first in the bag! I also have to take a million snack to cater for baby and toddler, books for car entertainment, non-drip water cups for both, nappy parafernalia so basically everything but the kitchen sink ;-) #marvmonday

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    1. Haha! I'm so glad I don't have to deal with the nappies anymore - one less thing!

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  3. My bag is still packed to the rafters. Who knows when I will choose to leave the wipes at home. Luckily Jamie can balance on a loo seat now ... not rushing him with standing up to wee, I like clean floors!! I have spare clothes packed too and always plasters #twinklytuesday

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    1. Haha! We're the same with Alexander regarding the toilet! Plasters are an essential - children or no children! Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Oh I always regret to not having camera with me. My son can sometimes do such a cute face and I can't take a pic

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    1. I used to be exactly the same - that's why I try to make it a habit of it now! At least we have the memory, regardless of camera or not. :-)

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  5. I didn't think about a mini medical kit actually - great advice!! #SundayBest

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    1. So worth it to carry the extras, especially with preschooler in tow!

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  6. Great list of essentials! We travel with all of these minus the toilet seat! ANd you can never have too many wipes! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

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    1. Haha - I'll be glad when we can get rid of the toilet seat! Thanks for hosting :-)

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