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As a family we like to try and get away on a Summer holiday once a year. I would say ‘at least’ but we have yet to do it more than once in a year… We can all dream right? Hubby is really helpful with packing but truth be told I have a system and a process and we end up getting in each others way if we both do it. So I do the packing for myself and the girls and he sorts his own bit. Then we fight over suitcase space and just for the record, yes, I do need those specific pair of shoes! Each year I write a packing list so I don’t forget the toddler travel essentials for sun protection.
I covered the essentials needed to keep a toddler occupied on the journey so now it is time to make sure we have everything we need for when we arrive and want to get out in the sun.
This may be an obvious one so I apologies but bear with me…. Kids need their delicate skin protected so naturally us Mums opt for factor 50 suncream. I must say despite having sun block on and reapplied regularly my daughters still manage to tan quite nicely. My main concern are their scalps. I do my best to cover their parting with their hair for all the times that they refuse to wear their sun hats but it really worries me. So instead I also use SPF 50 scalp protector by Malibu. Usual suncream makes their hair really greasy and it is hard to get in all the right places. This spray makes it much easier.
Admittedly my kids don’t like wearing these. Trixie did when she was a baby but now she is 2 she has an opinion and her opinion is that hats were made by the devil and deserve to be on the floor. Because this I am really bad at remembering their hats until the last moment. And I haven’t actually bought them any for this year yet…..! It is only July.
Some resorts provide these free of charge, or for a small deposit so you may not need to take these. I take them anyway. I know they take up a lot of room in the suitcase but I have found so many times in the future that their favourite Disney Princess covered beach towel can diffuse an end of the day tantrum in a way that a plain resort towel just can’t achieve. They can also be used to create a canopy for extra shade if the parasols aren’t quite cutting it.
Kids should wear sunglasses anyway but when on holiday it can be even more important to protect their eyes due to the reflection from the pool and the sea. There are various places you can purchase toddler sunglasses from including the larger supermarket stores and you don’t need to spend a fortune to get effective ones. It is important to get a pair of sunglasses marked with the UV400 sticker as this means they block at least 99% of both UVA and UVB.
Obviously this is only applicable if you take a pushchair. I suspect this will be the last holiday we take one and it will only be used to give Trixie a half an hour power nap so she can stay up a little later. It is really not advised to completely cover a pushchair as the temperature within them can rise really quickly. You must also remember not to leave them sat in direct sunlight. I did a lot of research a couple of years ago to find the best shade. The buggy hoods we have on both our current and our old buggy was quite small and really didn’t provide much shade at all. Whilst I didn’t want to completely cover the buggy with towels or blankets I did want the girls to be able to nap without half their body in the sun light. This Pushchair Shade by Summer is the one we went with. I have two as we used to use a double buggy but now just use it on a single buggy. They were easily attached and adjusted to provide more or less coverage as required. Honestly I can’t recommend it enough. We use it on holiday and at home on particularly bright days. It may not completely black out the buggy but it provides enough shade to keep the kids comfortable with great airflow.