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What to Pack for a Holiday with a Baby or Toddler

Going away as a family is bound to create lots of memories you’ll remember for years to come. But it’s always those things you’d rather forget that keep being brought up again and again. No need to cringe every time you think about Sally’s nappy explosion where you were left nappy-less and unprepared. You won’t be covering your face at the memory of Jimmy having a full-blown meltdown by the pool because he’s finally remember his teddy is thousands of miles away on another continent. Why? Because we’ve thought of all those items you need to pack when going on holiday with a baby or toddler.

 

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How to Entertain Your Children Abroad

Going to a new place is exciting. Admittedly, though, a short attention span means your child may be less enthused by the idea of a new place with endless adventure. We don’t understand either. So it’s a good idea to pack a few essentials. Include their favourite toys, as they’ll likely be wailing for it as soon as you touchdown on foreign soil. You should also buy a few new toys. New toys will have a longer lifetime before they’re unceremoniously labelled boring and discarded.

For hot locations, why not buy cheap water guns? Sets of figurines of their favourite characters or cars are also great for something that doesn’t take up too much space but offers hours of fun. In dire situations, just give them the iPad. Loading up a tablet with games and films is a great way to occupy during the flight. Turns out it’s just as good when they’re driving you mad and you just want 10 minutes of peace to lie in the sun.

 

Be Prepared with Kids Clothing

Don’t take any chances. Accidents happen and that’s why you might find yourself packing an extra top for yourself. When it comes to kids, accidents happen quite a lot. When it comes to packing, squeeze in as many extra outfits as you can, as well as nappies – or pants if you’re in the midst of the joy that is potty training. It also goes without saying that you should pack those few additional items for yourself, too. Because who knows, their accident may be one they’d like to share, and you want to avoid washing at all costs whilst on your relaxing (?) family holiday.

 

Take Baby Food on Holiday

Realistically you may only be thinking as far ahead as the flight in terms of what you can and can’t take, but you should also look beyond security checks and restrictions. Especially when travelling with a baby, formula milk and baby food might not be as accessible in the country you’re visiting, or it may not agree with your child. Depending on what stage you’re at, it’s likely best to cater for the worst-case scenario and ensure you’ve brought supplies so your child doesn’t go hungry.

Bring jars of baby food, easily tucked and protected in the folds of your clothes in hold luggage, as well as enough formula milk to see you through. If you’re concerned about luggage allowance, you can always click and collect at a branch within the airport. By click and collecting, it also means you can benefit from great savings using websites like Discount Promo Codes on Boots or Superdrug orders. Get money off your online order but benefit from the ease of picking up right when you need it.

 

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Remember to Take a Pram

You may ‘um’ and ‘ah’ about whether or not to take the pram away with you, especially if you have a toddler. Future you will be grateful though if you just bite the bullet and take it. It’s worth calling ahead if you’re staying in a hotel to see if they provide them, but if not you’ll be prepared for a tired sensitive toddler and avoid walking at a snail’s pace at the hottest point of the day. When it comes to extra charges in your luggage allowance, it’s worth taking a look at the airline you’re flying with. For example, EasyJet allows you to take two items free of charge when travelling with under 5s, from pushchairs to car seats and other options. British Airways also allows you to take a pushchair for free with your checked baggage.

 

What Swimming Essentials Do You Need for Your Child?

It would be a nightmare to forget your swimming essentials. No one goes abroad and doesn’t make the most of the pool facilities. With a little one, there are a number more items needed than just your swimming cossie. For babies, you’ll likely want to bring their swim float. You can buy rings that they’re able to comfortably sit and bob along in. For toddlers, arm bands give them some independence as they splash around in the pool. It also goes without saying to stock up on swimming nappies. No one wants to be evacuating the pool in a hurry and, much like regular nappies, you’ll have more peace of mind knowing you’re well supplied rather than risking seeing what you can pick up whilst you’re away.

When travelling with little ones, the main piece of advice to stick to is to come prepared. We can all collectively agree mum’s are better off being overpacked and overprepared than left in a sticky situation – quite literally. Make the most of the weight allowance you have and even ensure you’re getting the most out of your hand luggage, too. Sacrificing an extra pair of your shoes is a worthy loss to avoid a Sally poo-nami after all.

What do you pack for a holiday with a baby to toddler? Please sound off in the comments section.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Money Talk – How Would I Spend One Hundred Thousand Pounds?

Money makes the world go round and the truth is money is never really enough for anyone. No matter how much you have, there would always be a need for more. I am all about making money legitimately and making my money work for me. In the last couple of years, I have been thinking long and hard about retirement, pension and investments. Also, I have been busy thinking about what I would do if I came across a large chunk of money. How would I spend one hundred thousand pounds? This million dollar question has popped up in my head many times and I always have an answer for it.

 

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Here are 5 ways I would go about spending it.

 

Pay the mortgage

The first thing I would do is to put some money towards the mortgage, in order to reduce the outstanding amount on it as much as possible. Living mortgage free is the end goal and that should hopefully happen in a couple of years. I can’t imagine having to pay accommodation bills in my later years. That thought is quite scary.

 

Go on holiday

I love travelling as many of you would know by now. I love to visit as many countries as possible every year. My current target is to visit at least 2 countries every year. I have smashed that target for three years now, and I am hoping to smash it again this year. So far this year, I have visited Maryland and New York in the US, and I have plans to visit one or two more countries before the end of the year.

If I had one hundred thousand pounds at my disposal, I would be putting some money towards our holidays. There are many other cities and countries we would love to explore, and it would be great to take some other family members with us as a treat.

 

Pay the debt

I would pay off all my debts. So all credit cards would be paid up in full, never to be used again. When it comes to money, I am very sensible. I am more of a saver than a. spender, so I am not as deep into debt like many others I know. But paying the little debt I have would be a smart way to go financially.

 

Save and invest

As the saver that I am, I will be putting a huge chunk of the money into a savings account; most likely an ISA. And invest a huge chunk into stocks and shares for the future.

 

Home improvements

I will definitely use a percentage of the money on home improvements. There are a lot of changes I would make to our home decor if I had the money to splurge. But since I don’t have that yet, it is a waiting game.

 

How would you spend one hundred thousand pounds?

 

 

The Things Too Many People Ignore Before They Head Off on Holiday

It’s very easy to get blinded by the fun and anticipation of the holiday ahead of you, but that can’t stop you from doing the things that everyone should be doing before they reach the departure gate. Ignorance always costs when you’re about to go travelling, so don’t allow yourself to set out on your travels before you’ve made sure that you’ve covered all the essential basics.

 

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If you’re wondering what exactly those essential bases are, we’re going to help you find out. It’s not too late for you to get things done and to make yourself secure and ready for what lies ahead of you. Sure, it can be time-consuming and boring to get everything done ahead of your big holiday, but it’ll pay off when you’re able to relax properly during the actual holiday itself. So read on to find out more.

 

Shop Around for Good Exchange Rates

Finding the very best exchange rates for yourself ahead of your trip is definitely important. You don’t want to exchange your money only to later find that you could have found yourself a better deal elsewhere if you’d have looked harder. There are plenty of resources online that will help you to find the best possible deal for your currency exchange. The same applies when you return home. You can also use a money saving discount website like DealsDaddy for a have voucher code for hotel booking, travel booking or Ski holiday.

 

Get Travel Insurance

Even if it might not seem like it at the time, whenever you leave for a holiday without getting all of your travel insurance sorted, you take a big risk. If you were to have an accident or get sick while you’re in another country, the bills you’d have to face when you return home would be huge. With a cheap travel insurance policy, you’d ensure that risk was never taken.

 

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Find Out Which Documents You Need

It’s not always as easy as picking up your passport and boarding pass and heading to the airport. Sometimes, you need to have further documentation to prove you have the right to be entering a country. Different countries have different rules regarding all this, so you should check and double check you know the rules and have the right papers and documents before you get close to your date of departure.

 

Inform the Bank

The bank should always be aware of where you’re going if you’re planning on using your card in another country. If they’re not aware, they could mistakenly think that someone has stolen your card details and has started using them overseas. This does happen so you can’t blame them for being cautious. However, you definitely don’t want to be dealing with a frozen account when you’re trying to relax and have a good time on holiday.

 

Personal Health and Hygiene

You definitely need to be looking after your general health and personal hygiene ahead of your trip. You don’t want a health problem to derail your holiday. It’s also important to think about the potential health problems you might face when you’re away. For example, combating diseases and big bites can be a major issue. Other things can be down to a matter of convenience, such as finding options to delay your period. Consider everything and prepare accordingly.

 

A Strict Budget

Thinking about your budget is something that you definitely need to do when you’re about to head out on holiday. It might sound obvious, but it’s something people don’t always plan out in enough depth. The last thing you want is to run out of money when you’re on a foreign country. If you’re forced to start using your credit card rather than cash or travellers cheques, you’ll incur fees for every transaction and withdrawal because you’re in another country.

 

If You’re Going to Hire a Car, Book it in Advance

So many people land at their destination and then book a hire car when they’re there. It’s something that might sound sensible and logical enough, but that doesn’t mean it actually is. You tend to get far worse deals when you book on arrival because the companies operating there know that you need a car right away so you can start your holiday. You have more options and therefore more chances to save money if you do this in advance. It should also be quicker.

 

Heading off on your holiday is one of those exciting times in life that everyone should cherish and enjoy. But before you do that, you need to make sure that you get all of these issues covered. Only then will you be able to get the most out of your holiday without any worries or problems.

 

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