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What to pack for a hot weather holiday

The proper weather is almost here. We enjoyed some sunshine and a proper heatwave over the Easter break, which was very nice. The weather is not a bit wet and chilly, which is expected in spring. But last week’s heatwave has left me even more hungry for summer. I am seriously looking forward to the lovely sunshine and being able to show some more skin, but not the hay fever bit. Has it the weather treating you at your end?

With the summer holidays close in sight, I have been thinking of places we could go with the kids. When it comes to a hot weather holiday, you have to make sure you have packed the essentials, especially when you are holidaying with kids. Forgetting the important items can put a strain on your holiday. Spending the holiday money on buying essentials you have already at home can be very annoying. Which is why you have to ensure you pack smartly for your holiday.

 

 

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What to pack for a hot weather holiday

Here are some essentials you will be needing for a hot weather holiday –

 

Sunscreen

Don’t forget to take Sunscreen. It is really important you protect your skin from the sun rays, especially when you are out and about in the lovely sunshine. Whatever you do, don’t forget your sunscreen, and make sure it is dry before dressing to avoid getting marks on your clothing.

 

Dresses

Having a couple of dresses with you while holidaying in a warm climate makes a lot of sense. Dresses are easy to wear and style up and down. I find them very comfortable in the summer months, which is why I take them on holiday with me in the summer. It also saves me more space in my suitcases. Instead of packing a top and a skirt or pair of jeans for a day, I just take a dress.

They are also multi-tasking, as I can slip a sundress over my swimsuit and seat on a beach or by the pool. I can also wear the sundress with a pair of sandals while exploring my holiday location.

 

The Right Footwear

You need to ensure you have packed your flip-flops for the beach and your sandals and flats for exploring. A stylish pair of gladiator sandal is always needed. Good to take more than 1 just incase. If you are going to be doing more of sitting on a beach, then all you will probably need more than  1 flip-flops.

Having the right footwear while on holiday is very important. Wearing uncomfortable or inappropriate can mess up your mood for the whole holiday. You won’t want to explore in sky-high heels for long, you won’t be comfortable.

 

 

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Sunglasses and Hats

I pack at least 1 pair of sunglasses for each one of us. I also make sure we have our hats. These are hot weather holiday essentials. Leaving home without them would be horrific. Always check to make sure your sunglasses protect against UVB and UVA rays.

 

Swimsuit and Swim Bag

I like taking a couple of swimsuits with me for myself and the kids so we have options. Our swim bag goes on holiday with us every time, so we can carry them when they are wet. I always make sure to give them a good rinse with some detergent after every swim to prevent chlorine or salt build-up while on holiday.

 

Go Maxi and Free

I like to wear maxi and free dresses while on holiday especially, when it is warm. They keep my skin covered and they feel very comfortable. Packing a couple of maxi dresses for your holiday is great. Go for maxi dresses with thin straps to show off your shoulders and back.

 

Do you have any summer holidays booked?

 

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5 Disneyland Paris Tips

We visited Disneyland Paris a few years ago. It was a fun trip. We had the lovely opportunity of exploring the entire park in 2 days and I am seriously looking forward to taking the kids. The kiddies have visited Paris a few times but we have not had the opportunity to take them to Disney. I have been thinking of doing just that and I am hoping we can visit as a family this year.

Disneyland Paris is a dream vacation destination for many families. There is a lot to see and enjoy, and kids love it. I remember watching the parade at night and seeing how excited the kids were. We even had a child next to us, crying in awe as she saw one of her favourite character, I think the character was Minnie Mouse.

 

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Disneyland Paris Tips

If you have plans of visiting the beautiful park, you may find these tips very useful –

 

Wear comfy shoes

The best shoes to wear to Disneyland Paris are very comfy shoes. I go for flat shoes but not flats. So comfy trainers would work great. There is plenty of walking involved so heels are a no-no if you want to have an amazing time and not focus on uncomfortable shoes that make you want to comfy bare feet.

 

Go with a crossbody bag or a backpack and camera

The last thing you want to deal with a heavy bag while exploring Disneyland. I prefer to go with a crossbody bag to keep all my valuables. A backpack would work if you are going with younger kids and need to take essentials with you like nappies and change of clothes. Also good to go with a camera if you have one. So you can capture all the amazing memories.

 

Bring a push chair with you

If you have younger kids, make sure you come with a push chair. Exploring the park can be tiring for young kids, so have a push chair to ferry them around when they get tired is smart. There are push chairs available to hire but they are usually pricey and very basic, so do come with yours if possible and a bike lock.

 

Take your time

We couldn’t see the whole park in a day. It took us 2 full days to explore the entire park and those days were very long. I would recommend 3 days to explore the whole park and all the fun it brings, especially if you are going with younger kids. You don’t want to rush the experience so best to make the time and enjoy the fun.

 

Bring snacks

The last thing you need is dealing with “hangry” (hungry + angry) toddlers. So make sure you have your children’s favourite snacks at the ready. Also take snacks for yourself if you can as food and drinks can be pricey in the park.

 

Have you visited Disneyland Paris before? Please share your tried and tested tips in the comments section below.

Thanks for reading 😊

 

Great Winter Holiday Destinations

The weather in the UK is now wet and sort of chilly. I hear some parts of the country will be having some snow, which tells you how cold it is at the moment. I find the weather miserable. It is the season where I find myself staying indoors the most thanks to the gloomy weather. If you are in the UK, and are in search of somewhere warm and sunny to explore this season, here are 3 holiday destination ideas for you.

 

Dubai

 

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The Middle East is a great holiday destination all year round, especially now that we are experiencing cold weather. It is usually nice and warm in Dubai. I have visited Dubai several times with the family, and the best time to explore Dubai is between November and March. The weather is warm but not boiling warm during these months. And it is a great place to escape to during the chilly winter months.

 

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There are various activities for everyone in Dubai. We have visited Dubai as a couple before the twins were born, and we have travelled to Dubai with the kiddies twice. It was great fun every time.

 

Muscat, Oman

 

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We visited Muscat Oman last summer. It was boiling hot so we didn’t really enjoy the trip. So I won’t recommend you visit during the summer months. But the weather is a lot cooler this time of the year (just like in Dubai), which makes it another great holiday destination.

There are various family friendly activities, both indoors and outdoors. I would love to go back with the kids during the winter months in future.

 

Algarve Portugal

 

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Algarve, Portugal is another great place to visit this season. We visited in October half term, and had an amazing time. The weather was warm and sunny all the time we were there. We explored the beach and all the city had to offer. The kids loved it. There was a lot to see and do, and we will definitely be visiting again.

 

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It is definitely a city to explore, and get a break from the chilly winter weather. I just checked the weather forecast at Algarve now, and it is a lovely 15 degrees with some sunshine. That would be amazing to have now compared to the miserable 7 degrees with rain here.

 

What do you think of these places? Have you visited any of them before? If I had to pick a favourite, I would pick Dubai for luxury and fun., Algarve for proximity and Muscat for a more relaxed holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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